Gates Chili vs. Penfield Girl Basketball: Section V's greatest rivalry

Updated: 02/25/2014 6:02 PM
Created: 02/25/2014 5:34 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit

Two of Rochester’s best girls’ basketball teams battled it out on the court Monday night. Penfield and Gates Chili played for a spot in the sectional championship and two players made the game unforgettable.

One held back tears, while one couldn't hold back a smile. It’s the agony and elation of sports. In high school athletics, the end is always more apparent. One brilliant career had to end Monday night, either Penfield’s Margot Hetzke or Gates Chili's Cierra Dillard. After the final horn, what was left was pure respect between two superstars.

It was a missed shot that ended one unbelievable career and extended another. Margot Hetzke missed a three as time expired in Monday night’s Class AA Semifinals. It concluded a rivalry between Penfield and Gates Chili. 

The mutual respect between Hetzke and Gates’s star Cierra Dillard is palpable. They are two of the all-time Section V greats. Dillard has scored over 2,000 points in her career. She will play at UMass next year. Hetzke holds Penfield’s scoring record. She will play at Siena next year. The two have combined to reach three state finals. Coming off a 44 point effort in the sectional quarterfinals, Dillard was held to 12 points in Gates’s win over Penfield.

It's the first time in four years the schools did not play in the sectional finals, but Hetzke and Dillard gave us all something to remember.

Gates Chili plays Rush-Henrietta for the Sectional Championship on Friday at 9:00 p.m. at Finger Lakes Community College.

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