NEW MADISON – Arcanum gave Tri-Village all it could handle in the 28th annual Bill Burkett Tournament … but the Patriots were able to hang on down the stretch to earn their sixth straight title with a hard fought 42-36 win over the Trojans.
Rebecca Deao surprised the Patriots as the post player from Arcanum drained a triple to start the game to give Arcanum the early 3-0 lead. She would knock down another critical three later in the game.
Tri-Village recovered and wrestled the lead away from Arcanum late in the quarter when Rachel Miller dished to Danika Mann for a fielder and then freshman Emma Printz stole the ball and scored to put the Patriots up 10-5 with 1:57 to go.
Arcanum responded on back-to-back treys by junior Stevie Johnting and McKenzie Sharritts to take an 11-10 first quarter lead.
Tri-Village came back in the second frame, connecting on three triples by Rachel Miller, Shelbey Dowler and Allie Downing to jump ahead 23-16.
Stevie Johnting got a hard earned basket in the lane to bring the score to 23-18 at the half.
In the third period Tri-Village quickly found foul trouble. In fact Allie Downing would go to the bench with just over four minutes to go in the quarter and the Trojans were already in the bonus.
Johnting and Alexis Abner connected on two straight trips down the floor, and the Trojans closed the gap to 30-27.
Tri-Village answered the run with Printz and Autaum Moore both getting buckets inside to put the Patriots back up 34-27 going into the final stanza.
Arcanum hung tough and stayed with Tri-Village, but the Trojans could never get quite make the big play needed to get over the hump as the Patriot held on to win 42-36.
“They played their tails off tonight,” first-year Arcanum coach Matt Grote said. “We’ve been talking a lot in practice on what it means to be successful. Even though we didn’t come out on top they really got after it on defense and were proud of them for that.
“We picked up a tough preseason schedule where we played a lot of bigger schools that were more physical and quicker than us to prepare us because we want to get after it on defense and we’re going to bring it every night,” Grote said.
“Give them credit, Tri-Village handle our pressure really well. They have some good guards and post player and they handle our runs tonight,” Grote said.
“Stevie Johnting had a slow start in the preseason … but she really wants to be good, works hard, and tonight when she wanted to she put her head down and got to the rim, and you can see her shot is starting to come around,” Grote said.
“We are disappointed in the loss but not the effort,” Grote concluded.
Tri-Village coach Brad Gray acknowledged the runs Arcanum made in the game.
“Even though we didn’t play our best basketball tonight, I thought we really showed a lot of character on the way we handled some of their runs, and every time they got within striking distance we made a play and that’s a sign of a good basketball team,” Gray said.
“I’ve said all off season if you look on paper most people would think Arcanum is the team who is going to win the conference, so I feel really good about our win tonight,” Gray said.
“Allie had a great weekend and she obviously is a special talent,” Gray said on the play of junior Allie Downing, who earned the MVP award for the tourney.
“The kid who was a huge difference maker for us this weekend was Rachel Miller. She made some big times plays in big time moments, and when we really needed a play she got it for us and I’m really proud of her,” Gray concluded.
Downing led the Patriots in scoring on the night with 11 points and had a two-game total of 35 points, and she would be named tournament MVP.
Joining her on the team from TV was Miller, who had a two-day total of 21 points, and Danika Mann with 26 points.
Arcanum placed two on the team, Stevie Johnting with 29 points and Alexis Abner adding 26 in two days.
Brooke Neal from Ansonia completed the team and she had 25 points.
Tri-Village will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Mississinawa Valley while Arcanum will host Covington, both league games.
Score by quarters:
TV …..10…13…11…08 – 42
ARC …11…07…09…09 – 36
Rachel Miller 8, Autaum Moore 2, Emma Printz 4, Allie Downing 11, Brooke Godown 4, Shelbey Dowler 7, Danika Mann 6 – Totals 4-12-6/10 – 42
Abby Ross 1, Alexis Abner 9, Stevie Johnting 14, McKenzie Sharritts 4, Brittany Kinney 2, Rebecca Deao 6
TV – 4 (Downing 2, Miller 1, Dowler 1)
AR – 6 (Deao 2, Johnting 2, Abner 1, Sharritts 1)