ANSONIA – The Ansonia Lady Tigers handily defeated the Twin Valley South Panthers 52-17 on Thursday.
“It was a great team effort,” Ansonia girls basketball coach Jim Bolin said. “Games like that, it’s hard to keep your intensity. You have to go out and play it like any other game.”
Ansonia junior guard Allison Phillippi knocked down a 3-pointer at 7:18 in the first period, giving the Lady Tigers a lead they would keep until the final buzzer of the Cross Country Conference game.
“South is young,” Bolin said. “It was a good win for us. It was a conference win.”
Ansonia used an 8-0 game opening run to take a 17-6 advantage going to the second period of play with team leader Catey Fischer leading the way with six points and Phillippi contributing five points.
Ansonia used 14 unanswered points over the first 5:15 of the second period to increase its lead to 31-6 before the Panthers would find the basket.
A South bucket and free throw brought the first quarter to a close with the Tigers leading 31-9 at the halftime break.
Fischer and Phillippi accounted for all Tigers second quarter points with Fischer hitting eight and Phillippi adding six points.
“Allie (Allison Phillippi) is a junior guard for me,” Bolin said. “She is a good shooter. We really have a lot of good shooters from the perimeter.”
The second half opened with the teams trading baskets for a 33-11 lead before the Lady Tigers scored 10 unanswered points to lead 43-11 at the 1:04 point in the quarter.
Coach Bolin went to his bench midway through the third period, giving Fisher a rest the remainder of the contest having accounted for 18 points.
“You have to have some class about you and respect for the other coach and the other school,” Bolin said. “We did the right thing.”
Ansonia took a 41-11 lead going to the final quarter with the Tigers running a slow-down offense as the game had already been decided.
The Tigers entire bench got valuable playing time on the court with a final score of 52-17 Lady Tigers win.
“They (junior varsity) practice with me a lot,” Bolin said. “It’s a good feeling to see kids come in that know the offense and can run it and have great ball movement like that.”
The Tigers were playing another game without injured starting guard and the team’s second-leading scorer, Lydia Sink.
“Lydia (Sink) is cleared to play,” Bolin said. “(She) will be at practice tomorrow, and we will go from there.”
Fischer led all scorers with 18 points followed by 16 points from Phillippi.
Score by quarters: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Ansonia 17 14 10 11 52
Twin Valley South 6 3 2 6 17
Ansonia scoring: C. Fischer 18, A. Phillippi 16, A. Helmke 6, B. Neal 5, J. Thwaits 4, M. Stover 3