After 30 years, the Pine Plains girls basketball team will play for a championship on Thursday night.
The second-seeded Bombers defeated Tuxedo, the third seed, at home on Tuesday, 49-41, in the Section 9 Class C semifinals.
Pine Plains will play top-seeded Tri-Valley in the championship on Thursday at SUNY New Paltz.
Pine Plains coach Les Funk said the game will be his team’s first title game since the 1983-84 season.
Funk said the experience of playing in front of a large crowd, which included a large contingent backing the visitors was good for his youthful team, which starts three freshmen and a sophomore, as will Thursday night’s game.
“That’s going to be a good experience win or lose,” Funk said. “Not that we can’t (win). A bigger court, we like to run, so who knows?”
One of those freshmen, Ashley Starzyk, led Pine Plains against Tuxedo, totaling 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
Pine Plains went into the final period trailing by a point, but stormed ahead through rebounding — Funk credits Starzyk and Michaella Lamont for leading that charge — and behind Haleigh Funk, who scored seven of her 13 points in the period.
Tia Fumasoli added 10 points for Pine Plains.
Marlboro 52, Goshen 41 — Angelica DeSantis scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring effort, as the No. 5 Iron Dukes beat the fourth-seeded hosts in the Section 9 Class A quarterfinals.
Julia Rusk added 11 points, while Taylor Orzewski and Taylor Felicello had 10 each.
Katelyn Fabrizio scored eight.
Marlboro will play No. 1 Wallkill on Thursday at Wallkill.
Newburgh 61, Franklin D. Roosevelt 26 — Allison Pritchard scored 16 points for the fifth-seeded Presidents, who lost on the road to the fourth seed in the Section 9 Class AA quarterfinals.
Chris Roach and Ishmael Chisholm each scored 16, but fifth-seeded Roosevelt fell short on the road to No. 4 John S. Burke Catholic, 60-50, in the Section 9 Class AA quarterfinals.
Roosevelt ended the season 9-10.
“I’m extremely proud of the effort we put forth,” Roosevelt coach Kevin Hart said. “I’m really proud of how this team came together for the second half of the season.”
S.S. Seward 84, Webutuck 24 — Fourth-seed Webutuck finished the season at 4-15 after losing a Section 9 Class C semifinal to top seed and host S.S. Seward.