PITSBURG – Tri-Village and Franklin Monroe tipped off the 2015-16 girls basketball campaign back in November when the Patriots handed the Jets an 85-23 defeat.
Thursday night was a rematch between the two at the Hangar, and although the Patriots were still winners, 70-30, it was obvious the Jets were an improved basketball team.
TV went up in the game 5-2 before senior Carrie Baker lit up the Patriots from deep.
Baker launched consecutive triples that put the Jets up 8-5 with just under five minutes to play in the opening quarter.
But the Patriots picked up intensity by going to a full-court press that spawned a 15-0 run, grabbing a 20-8 lead after one quarter of play.
Allie Downing had six points to match Baker in the frame.
“I thought we came out a little sluggish tonight,” Tri-Village coach Brad Gray said. “I’m sure some of that is a hangover from the frustrations of Tuesday’s game with Versailles.”
The Jets put up another eight points in the second quarter, again led by Baker with five points and a triple from Allyson Masterson.
Tri-Village countered with 15 points to go up at the half 35-16.
The third quarter turned into the Shelbey Dowler show as the senior scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the quarter to catapult the Patriots in front 58-20.
“It was nice to Shelbey Dowler get it going tonight,” Gray said. “She struggled a little the past few games, and we need her to continue producing like that.”
Baker, who was held scoreless in the third quarter, came back to life in the final stanza for the Jets as she connected on her fourth triple and five more points to add to her total of 16 for the game.
Tri-Village scored 12 more in the final period and went on to a 70-30 win.
Afterwards Gray was very complimentary on the Jets’ play.
“I was very impressed with Franklin Monroe’s improvement. They have made great strides since the first game of the year and Coach Abbey Moore has them doing some nice things,” Gray said.
Franklin Monroe fell to 2-19 overall and 2-10 in the Cross County Conference. The Jets will play Yellow Springs on Monday for their senior night.
Tri-Village improved to 19-2 overall and 12-0 in the CCC. The Patriots will take on Fort Recovery Saturday for senior day and their final regular season game.
“Hopefully we will come out with much more intensity on Saturday,” Gray concluded.
Score by quarters:
FM … 08 …08 … 04 … 10 – 30
TV … 20 … 15 … 23 … 12 – 70
Franklin Monroe (2-19, 2-10)
Allyson Masterson 5, Tara Goubeaux 06, Carrie Baker 16, Kinsey Goins 3
Totals 5-6-3/10 – 30
Tri-Village (19-2, 12-0)
Rachel Miller 7, Autumn Moore 9, Emma Printz 9, Edie Morris 2, Allie Downing 10, Shelbey Dowler 19, Megan Brandon 6, Danika Mann 8 – Totals 2-26-12/18 – 70
FM – 5 (Baker 4, Masterson 1)
TV – 2 (Printz 1, Dowler 1)