Saturday afternoon at Philo, Coach Kurt Kaufman’s visiting Lady Dawgs broke open a close contest with a late-game, fourth quarter 24-7 blitz that led to their 47-27 victory over a game Philo Lady Electric varsity quintet.
The win upped the Lady Dawgs record to 3-0 on the young season, and a quick 2-0 Muskingum Valley League start.
A low-scoring first quarter saw the two teams reach the first break tied at a meager six points apiece.
TV’s junior standout Audrey Spiker threw in a pair fielders and sophomore Tailor Dupler a bucket as well for the Lady Dawgs’ first frame offense.
The low-scoring production continued in the second stanza for both teams, as the black and gold once again managed just six second stanza counters (Lauren King’s four points and Riley Tracy’s two) while holding the host Lady Electrics to all of five points, as the visitors jogged to the halftime lockerroom with a 12-11 lead.
The action – and the offense – finally heated up in the third quarter, as Spiker’s five points, four from Dupler and a Kyndal Howe fielder saw Tri-Valley take a 23-20 lead on the road heading into the fourth quarter.
Coach Kaufman’s words to his team at the third quarter break must have been good ones, as the Lady Dawgs charged back on the floor to the tune of a 24-7 run to put away any hopes of a home team comeback to rest, sending Tri-Valley back to Dresden with the 20-point win, 47-27.
Lauren King sparked the big fourth quarter run with eight fourth quarter counters (including a pair of treys), Spiker dropped in seven more (with a trey as well), and Howe threw in six points with a long looper for three as well to help seal the conference road win.
Spiker’s game-high 16 points paced the winners, with Lauren King in double figures as well with 12, to go along with her six assists. King has been an assist machine in the early going for the Lady Dawgs, already owner of a whopping school record 10 assist performance in the season opening win over Massillon Perry.
Bethany Colling’s 10 points paced Philo as the only Lady Electric in double figures.
The afternoon of hoops action at Philo tipped off with the junior varsity game, as Coach Logan Scott’s Lady Dawg reserves led at every break and ended up with a 36-27 win over a competitive Philo Lady Electric JV squad.
TV freshmen Anna Krupa and Hannah King scored six and four points respectively to help the visiting Lady Dawgs jump out to a 10-5 lead at the first break, then Maranda Rose dropped in four second stanza points to help TV to an 18-12 halftime lead, as the black and gold used that good start to keep a cushion all the way to the final buzzer.
Krupa’s game-high nine points paced the winners, with King and Rose close behind with seven counters each.
Kierston Harper’s eight points and Emma Stoneburner’s seven led Philo.
Coach Kaufman and his Lady Dawg charges host reigning MVL co-champ Sheridan, this Wednesday night, December 5 in Dresden at the Dawg House.
JV action tips off at 6:00 p.m.