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PHOTO GALLERY: PUTNAM VALLEY GIRLS REACH FIRST FINALS IN 13 YEARS

Tigers Run Roughshod Over Hastings In Semifinals

WHITE PLAINS – This is where, on too many occasions, the season came to die for a bevy of talented Putnam Valley High School girls basketball teams.

The Tigers never seemed to get past the semifinals of the Section 1, Class B tournament to step foot again on the court at the fabled Westchester County Center for a championship game.

This year, second-seeded Putnam Valley ripped through that stigma with a vengeance.

Playing some of its best basketball of the season, the Tigers pawed with No. 3 Hastings, earning a 69-46 victory in a semifinal game and reaching their first championship date in 13 years.

PV will play fourth-seeded and perennial powerhouse Irvington on Saturday at the County Center.

“Amazing,” was all an emotional Kelli Venezia could say. “Just … you know, amazing.”

Venezia, a senior, had a lot to do with that. She drained seven three-pointers – not a surprise, she’s been a dagger from long-range all year – and helped the Tigers pull away in the second quarter. Tied with Hastings at 16-16, Putnam Valley closed the first half with a 19-4 run for a 35-20 lead at the break.

Venezia drilled all seven of her threes in the first half and finished with 23 points. Freshman Eva Dechent had 16 points and five steals, Amanda Orlando scored 13 points, and Arianna Stockinger added 12.

Please enjoy this great photo gallery from Todd McDonough.

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