Lady Patriots peak at right time


Eleven Lady Patriots get in scoring column in win over Lady Blackhawks

By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



Tri-Village coach Brad Gray looks on as his team defeats the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks.

Tri-Village coach Brad Gray looks on as his team defeats the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks.


Brenna Price drives to the basket for Mississinawa in the team’s home game with Tri-Village.


Delanee Gray nails a 3-pointer for the Lady Patriots in conference play at Mississinawa Valley.


The Lady Blackhawks Ellie Reichard puts up a shot in the team’s home game with Tri-Village.


Mattie Hiestand looks to pass for the Lady Blackhawks in home game with Tri-Village.


Tri-Village’s Meghan Downing (20) goes for a block on the Lady Hawks Alison Byram (1) in CCC action,


Meghan Downing hits a jumper for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots win over the Lady Blackhawks.


Meghan Downing trails Morgan Hunt after dishing an outlet pass to Hunt on a textbook fastbreak in the Lady Patriots win over Mississinawa Valley,


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Morgan Hunt looks to start a fastbreak after pulling down a Lady Patriots rebound in win over MV.


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Rylee Sagester scores for the Lady Patroits in the team’s CCC win over the Lady Blackhawks.


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Alison Byram (1) and Torie Richards position for a rebound in CCC action between Mississinawa Valley and Tri-Village.


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UNON CITY – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots defeated the homestanding Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks 78-20 in Cross County Conference play with both teams heading into OHSAA tournament play.

“We talk about this a lot,” Tri-Village coach Brad Gray said of his team peaking at the right time. “It is different this year because we didn’t play our 35 games in the summer that we would normally play. I went into the year concerned about that and we started off slow.”

“It was a struggle through the month of December and then late December we really started to find ourselves a little bit. Now we are playing better basketball right now than we have in some years past and maybe it’s because we hadn’t played so much in the summer and maybe it’s because our volleyball kids had a long volleyball run and weren’t with us the first two weeks of practice and basketball still feels good to them, still feels fresh to them.

“Ware hoping that we are going to keep peaking at the right time and play our best basketball in March hopefully,” Gray added.

A combination of a Tri-Village slow start and a good Mississinawa Valley start to the game had the Lady Patriots with a 2-point 6-4 lead with just 2:54 remaining in first period play.

The Lady Patriots took advantage of a 17-0 run to close out first quarter action and lead 23-4 after one period of play. Rylee Sagester canned two 3-pointers and went 2-2 at the charity stripe to lead Tri-Village with 8 first quarter points. Delanee Gray drilled two treys good for 6 points, Morgan Hunt hit a bucket and went 2-2 at the line, Meghan Downing dropped in a basket and hit a free throw and Molly Scantland rounded out first quarter TV scoring with a basket.

Period No. 2 showcased the state ranked Lady Patriots as the New Madison girls took the period by a 24-1 score. Adding to the team’s 17-0 run to close out first quarter play added up to a 46-1 run over the final 10:54 of the first half.

Hunt paced the Lady Patriots in second quarter play with 11 points including a trey, Sagester 6 points including a 3-pointer, Gray a triple and Torie Richards and Scantland each with 2 points.

Period No. 3 saw Coach Gray pull the full-court Lady Patriots press and run a slower paced offense with Tri-Village taking the period 16-6 sending the teams to the final period of play with the visitors holding a 63-11 lead.

“This isn’t the first game that that has happened,” Coach Gray said of the team’s lopsided scoring. “There are a couple of things you have to take into consideration in games like this. No. 1 we need to respect our opponent, these are still teenage kids and we need to make sure that it is education-based athletics. We want to do things the right way but the other thing is and I say this to my team all the time – and I say this to people that ask me how you manage games like this.”

“My No. 1 priority is always going to be my team and we have to make sure that we’re doing what we have to do to make sure we are preparing our team not just to beat Mississinawa Valley but to make the run that we hope that we can make in the playoffs,” added Gray. “We can’t do that if we are only playing two quarters every night.”

Hunt paced the Lady Patriots in second quarter play with 11 points including a trey, Sagester 6 points including a 3-pointer, Gray a triple and Torie Richards and Scantland each with 2 points.

Fourth quarter Tri-Village play went to the bench as Coach Gray kept his entire starting five on the bench giving the younger Lady Patriots valuable playing time.

Halle Bell led Tri-Village with eight fourth quarter points, Kiannah Jones, Karsi Sprowl and Maddie Bennett each scored a basket and Belle Black added a free. The Lady Patriots took the final quarter 15-9 in earning the CCC win to close out the regular season undefeated in conference play.

“I know people will question why are you keeping starters in the second half in a game like that,” said Coach Gray. “My loyalty has to be with my team and making sure we are doing the things that we have to do to keep ourselves prepared because when you get to the playoffs you have to play four quarters. You can’t play two or two and a half quarters. That is how we try to manage, but I never want to go into a game and try to show a team up.”

Sagester and Hunt led Tri-Village and all scorers with 11 points each with 11 Lady Patriots notching points in the scoring column.

The TV Lady Patriots improve to 18-2 overall and finish the regular season as Cross County Conference Champions with a perfect 12-0 record.

BOXSCORE:

TRI-VILLAGE 78, MISSISSINAWA VALLEY 20

TRI-VILLAGE – R. Sagester 19, M. Hunt 19, D. Gray 9, H. Bell 8, T. Richards 7, M. Downing 5, M. Schantland 4, K. Jones 2, K. Sprowl 2, M. Bennett 2, B. Black 1 – TOTALS 21 9-13 9 78

MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – M. Hiestand 7, B. Trump 3, T. Stachler 3, B. Price 2, K. Stachler 2, G, Elizondo 2, A. Byram 1 – TOTALS 4 6-12 3 20

3-POINTERS:

Tri-Village 8 (R. Sagester 4, D. Gray 3, M. Hunt 1, T. Richards 1)

Mississinawa Valley 2 (B. Trump 1, T. Stachler 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS:

23-24-16-15 78 Tri-Village

04-01-06-09 20 Mississinawa Valley

Tri-Village coach Brad Gray looks on as his team defeats the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Brad-Gray.jpgTri-Village coach Brad Gray looks on as his team defeats the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks.

Brenna Price drives to the basket for Mississinawa in the team’s home game with Tri-Village.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Brenna-Price.jpgBrenna Price drives to the basket for Mississinawa in the team’s home game with Tri-Village.

Delanee Gray nails a 3-pointer for the Lady Patriots in conference play at Mississinawa Valley.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Delanee-Gray.jpgDelanee Gray nails a 3-pointer for the Lady Patriots in conference play at Mississinawa Valley.

The Lady Blackhawks Ellie Reichard puts up a shot in the team’s home game with Tri-Village.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Ellie-Reichard.jpgThe Lady Blackhawks Ellie Reichard puts up a shot in the team’s home game with Tri-Village.

Mattie Hiestand looks to pass for the Lady Blackhawks in home game with Tri-Village.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Mattie-Hiestand-2.jpgMattie Hiestand looks to pass for the Lady Blackhawks in home game with Tri-Village.

Tri-Village’s Meghan Downing (20) goes for a block on the Lady Hawks Alison Byram (1) in CCC action,
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Meghan-Downing-Alison-Byram.jpgTri-Village’s Meghan Downing (20) goes for a block on the Lady Hawks Alison Byram (1) in CCC action,

Meghan Downing hits a jumper for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots win over the Lady Blackhawks.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Meghan-Downing.jpgMeghan Downing hits a jumper for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots win over the Lady Blackhawks.

Meghan Downing trails Morgan Hunt after dishing an outlet pass to Hunt on a textbook fastbreak in the Lady Patriots win over Mississinawa Valley,
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Morgan-Hunt-a.jpgMeghan Downing trails Morgan Hunt after dishing an outlet pass to Hunt on a textbook fastbreak in the Lady Patriots win over Mississinawa Valley, Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Morgan Hunt looks to start a fastbreak after pulling down a Lady Patriots rebound in win over MV.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Morgan-Hunt-b.jpgMorgan Hunt looks to start a fastbreak after pulling down a Lady Patriots rebound in win over MV. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Rylee Sagester scores for the Lady Patroits in the team’s CCC win over the Lady Blackhawks.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Rylee-Sagester.jpgRylee Sagester scores for the Lady Patroits in the team’s CCC win over the Lady Blackhawks. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Alison Byram (1) and Torie Richards position for a rebound in CCC action between Mississinawa Valley and Tri-Village.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/web1_Torie-Richards-Alison-Byram.jpgAlison Byram (1) and Torie Richards position for a rebound in CCC action between Mississinawa Valley and Tri-Village. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media
Eleven Lady Patriots get in scoring column in win over Lady Blackhawks

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-569-0122

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-569-0122