Lady Patriots host shootout


Tri-Village’s Shelbey Dowler drives to the basket during the Tri-Village varsity girls basketball shootout on Friday in New Madison.

NEW MADISON – Tri-Village played host to its varsity girls basketball shootout on Friday and Saturday, which brought teams from 11 high schools to New Madison.

Along with the host Patriots, teams from Bethel, Fort Loramie, Greenville, Miami East, Monroe Central, Newton, Richmond, St. Henry, Troy and Union City competed in the shootout. Several of the schools, including Tri-Village, had two teams compete.

“I thought it was a great event for all teams involved,” Tri-Village girls basketball coach Brad Gray said.

Tri-Village had a strong performance during the shootout as the Patriots went 6-1 over the two days of competition. The Patriots’ lone loss was a two-point loss to Fort Loramie.

“I was very pleased with what we were able to do for the most part,” Gray said.

For Tri-Village, the shootout was one of the last big events of a busy summer. The Patriots will play their last game of the summer on June 29, concluding a month that includes 32 games.

“Overall it’s been a great summer for us,” Gray said. “We’ve had some nice wins and some disappointing losses, but the most important thing is we’ve definitely grown over the last month.”

Tri-Village lost some key players to graduation and also has a couple players sidelined with torn anterior cruciate ligaments. The injuries have affected Tri-Village but have given other players opportunities to shine.

“We’ve got an opportunity for some kids who are a little bit younger to step in and show what they can do,” Gray said.

Gray is happy with his team’s progress thus far and thinks the Patriots have a nice mix of veteran leaders and young talent. In the past week he’s seen a lot of growth, especially from the freshmen and sophomores.

“Those young kids are definitely taking advantage of their opportunities,” Gray said.

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