By Dale Barger
February 10, 2014
NEW MADISON — Tri-Village honored two new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday night prior to the varsity contest with visiting New Bremen.
Newly elected members were Tammy Kimmel Miller class of 1987 and Nate Lindamood class of 1991.
Miller was a standout volleyball, basketball and softball player and was a part of the softball team that reached the final four in 1985.
Lindamood was a standout basketball player and was a part of the 1991 boys state runner-up team.
The Patriots boys basketball team didn’t want to disappoint the new members and got off to a good start in the game with Colton Linkous and Tyler Cook scoring the first four points.
New Bremen kept it close by going to the glass, converting a number of second-chance opportunities and trailed 14-11 after one quarter of play.
TV couldn’t get any separation from New Bremen in the second period, despite a good effort from Tyler and Damion Cook inside and Mason McCabe from the outside as the Patriots took a 26-23 lead at the half.
“We didn’t do a very good job of boxing out and keeping New Bremen off the boards,” Tri-Village boys basketball coach Josh Sagester said. “They are a big team, and we talked about doing a better job of getting a body on someone in the second half.”
The Patriots did just that in the third quarter and turned some of those rebounds into fast break points. Damion Cook led the way with eight points as TV upped its lead by 10 points, 42-32, heading into the fourth quarter.
The final stanza turned into a shootout as New Bremen’s Carson Manger was launching from everywhere to score 10 of his game-high 17 points and helping his cause was Deione Hohne, who scored eight, as the Cardinals put up 23 points.
But the Patriots were up to the challenge and answered by scoring 25 points themselves and not allowing the Cardinals to close the gap.
They did it with some timely outside shooting from McCabe, who hit two triples; strong drives to the basket by Damion Cook and good free throw shooting down the stretch, including the last six from Tyler VanWinkle, closing the door shut on the Cardinals as the Patriots went on to claim a 67-56 win.
“I’m proud of our guys tonight,” Sagester said. “We shored things up at the half and did a better job on the boards in the second half. We had guys make timely shots and got a nice lead, which allowed us to do some things that our guys executed well.”
The Patriots placed five players in double figure scoring with Damion Cook leading the way with 23 points, McCabe had 12, and Tyler Cook, Linkous and VanWinkle each added 11 points in the win.
“When you are the No. 1 guy scoring the ball, you are going to get the other teams best defender, and tonight Colton got that guy,” Sagester said. “Plus with their size they were able to focus on Tyler Cook inside as well.
“When that happens that means other guys are going to get shots, and Mason McCabe stepped up and made some of those shots tonight,” Sagester continued.
“But Damion Cook was the star tonight. He is so athletic and can take the ball to the rim, and he did it well tonight,” Sagester said.
Hall of Fame night indeed was a success, one that made new inductees Tammy Kimmel Miller and Nate Lindamood and their families proud to be Patriots.
Score by quarters:
TV…14…12…16…25 – 67
NB…11…12…10…23 – 56
Tri-Village (17-1, 9-1)
VanWinkle 11, McCabe 12, D. Cook 23, Linkous 11, T. Cook 11
Totals: 3-19-14/23 – 67
New Bremen (11-2, 7-2)
Herriott 11, Manger 17, Parker 1, Hoehne 9, Fox 9, Homan 2, Goettemoeller 7
Totals: 6-17-4/6 - 56