The Section 1 Hudson Valley girls basketball team brought home the gold last night at the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival with a 91-90 win over Central at Johnson City.
Hudson Valley scraped out the gold medal game victory with help from Ossining’s Destini Walker, who converted two free throws with zero time remaining on the clock to give the Section 1 representatives the championship.
“This is a big confidence boost for (Walker),” Hudson Valley coach Dan Ricci said. “With 28 points, she was our leading scorer, and she played way bigger than herself.”
Walker led Hudson Valley, which went undefeated in the five tournament games, with 28 points.
Hamilton’s Maia Hood scored 25 points in the championship game and Ossining’s Saniya Chong, who was named MVP of the tournament, added 23 points in the win.
Earlier in the day, Hudson Valley had easily defeated Southern Tier 96-61 led by Chong’s 29 points and Hood’s 13.