LEWISBURG – If Tri-County North were a quick draw artist, the Panthers would have come out on top in Friday night’s game with Tri-Village.
But the game of basketball is about patience and execution over the course of an entire game and not just the start … and the Patriots did just that in defeating the Panthers by the score of 77-37.
TCN senior Garrett Woodyard came out firing from long range with two quick 3-pointers.
Tri-Village countered with two of its own, one by Brett Boyter, the other from Gavin Richards.
Then Trace Couch went to work inside for the PATS, scoring nine-points to give TV a 17-12 first quarter lead.
Then the pressure came in the second quarter. It was relentless, and North began to crack.
Tri-Village use of pressure resulted in some easy open court conversions from Knox Morris and Richards to open up a 28-15 lead with just a few minutes off the clock in the second frame.
Moments later Tyler VanWinkle connected on two triples and two free throws, and the lead had ballooned to 40-21.
Sophomore Gabe Brinson gave the Panthers most of their production in the second quarter with six points … but they would trail at the half 45-27.
Woodyard, who scored 13 points in the first half, was held scoreless in the second half by the Patriots’ defense, and the Panthers had to find scoring elsewhere.
They were unable to get anything going, scoring just 10 points in the second half.
Boyter got the hot-hand in the second half with 11 points including three of his five treys on the night and ended with 17 points to lead all scorers.
The Patriots went on to claim a 77-37 Cross County Conference win over North.
“Tonight was a total team effort,” Tri-Village boys basketball coach Josh Sagester said.
“We shared the ball well as a team and also shot it very well, too,” he added.
“After the first quarter I thought we defended really well, and everyone contributed in the win tonight across the board,” Sagester concluded.
Tri-Village has four players in double figures with Boyter leading the way with 17 points, Richards and Couch each had 16 points and VanWinkle 12 in the win.
The Patriots raised their record to 12-1 overall and 7-0 in the CCC. They will travel to Brookville today.
The Panthers got 13 points from Woodyard and 12 from Brinson.
Tri-County North fell to 1-12 overall and 1-4 in the conference. The Panthers will travel to Pleasant Hill Friday to play Newton.
Score by quarters:
Tri-Village….17…28…19…13 – 77
TC North…..12…15…07…03 – 37
Tri-Village (12-1, 7-0)
Knox Morris 8, Tyler VanWinkle 12, Jonny Wilson 4, Brandon Peters 4, Brett Boyter 17, Gavin Richards 16, Trace Couch 16 – Totals 9-21-8/10 – 77
Tri-County North (1-12, 1-4)
Zach Edgin 4, Gabe Brinson 12, Bailey Lairson 3, Damon Nelson 4, Garrett Woodyard 13, Anthony Duncan 1 – Totals 4-9-7/13 – 37
Tri-Village – 3 (Boyter 5, VanWinkle 2, Richards 2)
TC North – 4 (Brinson 2, Woodyard 2)