Hudson Valley Sports Report

ONTEORA GIRLS WIN TO SET UP MARLBORO MEETING

Balanced Scoring Leads Eagles; Dukes Double Up Burke

BOICEVILLE – Ashley Hilliard scored a team-high 17 points Tuesday night to lead a balanced attack, and the top-seeded Onteora High School girls basketball team beat No 4 Chester, 59-43, to earn a spot in the finals against Marlboro.

The third-seeded Dukes doubled up No. 2 Burke, 50-25.

Marlboro will face Onteora in the championship game on Friday night at 5 p.m. at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.

Erin Lofaro had another big game for the Dukes, scoring 27 points and pulling down 14 rebounds against Burke. Liz Lofaro was also in double figures with 11 points.

Erin Lofaro attributed her effort to Marlboro athletic director Jonnah O’Donnell, herself a former girls basketball and softball star for the Dukes.

 

“I had a conversation with her and she said to me “Erin, play today like it could be the last time you will wear that jersey.” And for me personally I think that that was my goal – not to let it end,” she said. “As for my team, our energy, passion and heart is what led us tonight.  Our game plan was to pound the ball inside (offensively) and on defense to get out to their shooters. I think we did a really good job of coming out strong and sticking with the game plan.”

For Onteora, Hilliard scored 12 of her 17 on four three-pointers.

Nicole Lane had a strong defensive game and also chipped in with 12 points, and Grace Hallinan added 10 points. Luciana Robertson had 15 rebounds and seven block shots in the win.

Allison Bono led Chester was 18 points

“We try hard,” Onteora coach Andy Occhi said. “We’re not the most talented team but the effort and heart is always there. They make me very proud to be their coach.”

     

 

 

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