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The steepest ascent

Tri-Valley’s Katlynn Greffrath scores two of her game-high 22 points in the Lady Bears 72-33 win over Eldred. T-V hosted S.S. Seward on February 25 looking to advance to the finals. After the Eldred game, Greffrath needed just 19 points to reach the 1,000 point career milestone. The Lady Bears remained undefeated and entered the tourney as the number-three-ranked Class C team in the state.
Photos by Richard A. Ross,

By Richard A Ross
February 26, 2014

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Far below this high plateau of the winter basketball season lie the foothills where it all began. And along the steady rise of the trail that began with the start of the season are teams that fell by the wayside lacking what was needed to climb higher. But for those few teams who made it to the sectionals, from which only one boys and girls team can emerge as champion in each class, this final local ascent, namely the Section IX tournament, is the steepest and most arduous to date.