NEW MADISON – It was a district final rematch from last year between Cedarville and Tri-Village, a game the Patriots won 49-42 to advance to the regionals.
Cedarville came into Tuesday’s contest with a 10-2 record and looking to extract some revenge.
The Indians connected on three triples in the opening quarter and when Ise Bolender’s trey went in at 3:17, Cedarville led 11-8.
TV would have to play most of the first half without Maddie Downing who picked up her second foul, but the Patriots closed the first quarter trailing 11-10 on a buzzer beater 3-ball from Andi Bietry.
Autaum Moore started the second quarter finishing an and-one to give the Patriots a 13-11 lead.
Defensively the Patriots did a better job contesting the outside shot and held the Indians to just one triple and 7 points in the second quarter, allowing them to take a 25-18 lead at the half.
“In the second quarter we were really good, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor,” Tri-Village girls basketball coach Brad Gray said.
After the break TV showed maturity, executing its offense and patience getting the ball into the post with Downing finishing inside for 10 points, sandwiched in between two triples from Lissa Siler and Trisa Porter, to expand the Patriot lead to 41-30 in the third quarter.
“The third quarter was a breakout quarter where we extended the lead, we were pretty dynamic with what we were doing offensively and made them have to chase stuff around,” Gray said. “And when we get the ball to Trisa Porter at the high post good things are going to happen, and we were able to do that to extend our lead.”
Porter drained a triple from the corner in front of the student body cheering section and then finished on a drive to the basket to give TV the largest lead in the game, 46-30, at the 5:20 mark of the final stanza.
With the Patriots looking like they were in complete control, youth reared its ugly head as Cedarville went on a 9-0 run to close the gap to 46-39.
Bietry broke the run on two free throws at the 1:25 mark to go up 48-39.
Cedarville scored more points in one minute then it did the last eight minutes by pressuring Tri-Village into indecisiveness, forcing turnovers or bad shots helping them back in the game, trailing 54-50 with eight second left.
The Patriots got two free throws from Siler to close the door and hung on for a 56-50 non-conference win.
“We go through spurts every game where we have a bad two- or three-minute stretch, and in this case it happened to be right there at the end of the game,” Gray said.
“Can you say, ‘major meltdown’ that’s what happened. Our kids panicked a little bit. When you realize we’re mostly sophomores and a junior out there you can kind of understand it … but I think our kids are smarter than that. We can’t use sophomores and a junior as an excuse. We’ve got to be smarter in that situation. We have good free throw shooters, and when they get the ball in their hands they have to be willing to take the contact and know the referees are probably going to call a foul. We are good enough free throw shooters to make them.”
Evidenced by the fact the Patriots were 16-for-20 from the line on the night.
“We have to be smarter on the defensive end, too … we had too many fouls at the end of the game allowing them to score with the clock stopped,” Gray said. “Our decision making was poor on both ends of the floor down the stretch, and we’ve got to do a better job.
“Cedarville is a good team. They are going to win a lot of games this year with their best two players back from our district final game last year so we knew it was going to be a touch matchup and were happy with the win against a quality opponent.”
Cedarville was unable to extract revenge and fell to 10-3, but it has a team that is capable of making a deep run in the tournament and yet again, another possible rematch with the Patriots.
Tri-Village improved to 12-3 overall and was led by Downing with 17 points, Porter 15 and Siler 11.
The Patriots will host Tri-County North on Thursday in a Cross County Conference game.
Score by quarters
CE … 11 … 07 … 12 … 20 – 50
TV … 10 … 15 … 16 … 15 – 56
Cedarville – Syd Wright 2, Sami Beuttell 5, Ise Bolender 16, Kaylee Cyphers¬ 6, Maggie Coe 11, Elly Coe 3, Celest Rucker 7; Totals 7-9-11/12 – 50
Tri-Village – Madison Foreman 1, Autaum Moore 3, Emma Printz 4, Trisa Porter 15, Andi Bietry 5, Lissa Siler 11, Maddie Downing 17; Totals 6-11-16/20 – 56