Basketball

Putnam Valley defeats Hastings 51-45 in Class B semi-final

Putnam Valley's Eva DeChent heads for the basket as Hastings' Jillian Pena (fall) shoots a foul during the Putnam Valley Section 1 Class B Semi-Final 51-45 on March 3, 2022 in Hastings.

HASTINGS — When the Putnam Valley women’s basketball team dropped six points to Hastings in January, the reason was clear to Put Valley star guard Eva DeChent.

Her team, she said, lacked energy.

And so she spread the word to the school ahead of Thursday night’s return to Hastings High gymnasium for the Section 1 Class B semi-final game.

“We told everyone they had to be here,” she said.

And it seemed like almost everyone was.

The gym was packed with Putnam Valley and Hastings fans as DeChent demonstrated what she meant by playing hard.

The junior, who has already committed to play for the University of Rhode Island Division I, had a team-high 14 points and played late-game stoppage defense as the Tigers, fifth seed, beat top seed Hastings 51-45.

Turning

That defense was partly in the fourth quarter on Hastings senior forward Paige Martin, who has signed up to play for St. Francis College in Brooklyn next year.