UNION CITY – Mississinawa Valley had a balanced scoring attack Saturday night while Ansonia struggled to get pretty much anyone going offensively in a 47-32 win for the Blackhawks.
It took more than four-and-a-half minutes for Dane Wentworth to break Ansonia’s scoreless streak at the beginning of Saturday’s game. In that stretch Mississinawa Valley took a 7-0 lead with Ethan Bowman, Dalton Geesy, Colyn Nelson and Trent Perkins all contributing points for the Hawks.
Wentworth also hit a 3-pointer before the quarter ended, but MV led 11-5.
“You’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” Ansonia boys basketball coach Chad Cramer said about Mississinawa Valley. “They came out and really defended well, and they got out in transition and ran and got some easy baskets.”
The second quarter was very similar to the first with Andrew Johns, Nelson, Bowman and Perkins each scoring for Mississinawa Valley. Wentworth hit another 3-pointer for Ansonia and Brayden Swabb added a field goal for the Tigers to make it a 23-10 game in favor of MV entering halftime.
“Overall I thought out defense was very good,” Mississinawa Valley coach Tim Barga said. “Last night we gave up like 12 points in the first half. Tonight we give up 10. You’re not going to get much better than that.”
In the third quarter Ansonia got some offense to compliment Wentworth with Devyn Sink, Trevor Alexander and Lane Clark each scoring. However, MV added to its lead with Geesey, Devan Rinderle and Perkins scoring to increase the advantage to 32-18.
The fourth quarter was the biggest scoring period for both teams as Mississinawa Valley added 15 points and Ansonia added 14 to add up to the final 47-32 score.
“We started off slow, but I thought to our credit we came out and worked pretty hard the second half, got some good shots, just didn’t knock as many down as we needed to,” Cramer said. “We’ve got to figure out ways to put a couple good halves together.”
Perkins led Mississinawa Valley with a team-high 13 points. Also for the Blackhawks, Rinderle scored 12 points, Bowman scored seven, Nelson scored six, Johns scored five, and Geesy scored four.
“Everybody contributed on the offensive end,” Barga said. “Trent Perkins is coming on right now. He’s having some very good games for us, and once people start figuring that he’s going to start shooting more and more that’s going to take a little pressure off everybody else.”
Wentworth led Ansonia with 13 points in the loss. Also for the Tigers, Hunter Muir scored six points, Alexander scored three, Aydan Sanders scored three, Sink scored three, Clark scored two, and Swabb scored two.
Mississinawa Valley improved to 5-5 with the win, and Ansonia fell to 2-10 with the loss.
Mississinawa will play host to Bradford on Tuesday while Ansonia will play host to Tri-County North on Tuesday.
Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.