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Lady Panthers get revenge over Marlboro

February 27th, 2013

Marlboro’s girls basketball team came into their MHAL semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Stone Ridge against Wallkill with an 11-4 record, and one of those victories blemished the Panthers near perfect season.

Taylor Orszewski drives to score in the third quarter. Orszewski led the Dukes with 13 points.

Taylor Orszewski drives to score in the third quarter. Orszewski led the Dukes with 13

Wallkill, 15-1 entering the game, incurred their only loss to the Dukes when Marlboro’s defense kept Lisa Bouffard to nine points during their regular season meeting.

But in the semifinal, Wallkill returned as the MHAL juggernaut it has been all season, and Bouffard, with 13 points, was one of four Panthers in double figures when they decisively downed the Dukes 60-42.

Two nights later, Wallkill beat Onteora for their second MHAL title in three years.

“They got hot. We didn’t make any foul shots, and we couldn’t get any offensive rhythm,” said Keith McAteer, Marlboro’s coach.

Wallkill led 20-13 at the half, but the Panthers pulled away in the third. Rachel Simon, who led Wallkill with 14 points, downed a three with a minute left in the third, and the Panthers led 41-24.

In the fourth, as Marlboro tried to come back, Wallkill’s defense did not budge. And the Dukes did not help themselves at the foul line, going 3/78 in the second half.

Marlboro was 11/22 from the foul line in the game, and Wallkill was 6/9. Wallkill, though, did a lot of damage from the perimeter as Simon downed four threes, and Chelsea Murphy, with 11 points in the game, downed her pair of threes in the fourth.

“They played well. They played great D,” said McAteer. “They were hitting some far shots.”

Taylor Orsezewski led Marlboro with 13 points, all scored in the second half. Angelica DeSantis scored 11 points for Marlboro, while going 5/6 from the foul line. Heather Kiczek also scored 11 points for Wallkill.

After the MHAL semifinal loss, Marlboro headed to the sectional tournament, which gets underway this week, as the Class B fourth-seed.

By Bond Brungard

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