Saturday afternoon, February 2 in Dresden at The Dawg House, Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley Lady Dawg basketball team exacted a measure of revenge against Morgan, defeating the visiting Lady Raiders 78-53, to improve their Muskingum Valley League record to 11-2, remaining just a game behind league-leading Sheridan in the loss column.
The win in ‘Round 2’ of conference play of the 2018-19 season, was sweet revenge for the Lady Dawgs, who were tripped up 73-67 by Morgan the first time the two teams met, back on Dec. 19 in McConnellsville.
This TV vs Morgan go-round however, was all Tri-Valley, as the Lady Dawgs led at every break – thanks to a school record-tying performance by senior guard Laiken Little – to post the 25-point win.
Little’s pair of first quarter three-point, long lasers and a lay-up, and sophomore Riley Tracy’s first frame eight points as well, helped stake the hosts to an eye-popping 30 points in the first eight minutes of action, for a 30-19 lead heading into the second quarter. Juniors Kyndal Howe and Audrey Spiker threw in five counters apiece in the big start, while freshman Janie McLoughlin powered her way inside for four markers as well.
Tri-Valley’s balanced scoring act continued in the second stanza, as Lauren King and Spiker tossed in four points in the quarter, Tracy and Howe counters as well, and Little a pair of charity tosses, as the host Lady Dawgs took a commanding 44-30 lead into the halftime lockerroom.
Little maintained her hot hand with the long ball in the third quarter, as the sharp-shooting senior zeroed in on the rim for a ‘trio of treys’ in the quarter, and swished two from the free throw line as well, helping her team to a 64-43 lead after three quarters of play.
TV’s Audrey Spiker, who no doubt is among the leaders in the state in the steals category, parlayed her defensive tenacity and hustle into three more fourth quarter lay-ups for six points, while Little added her sixth – and what is believed to be a school record-tying 7th trey – of the game in the contest’s final eight minutes of action as well, as the hosts cruised to the 78-53 win.
Little’s career-high 27 point performance topped Lady Dawg scorers, who also got 17 points and a record 11 steals from Spiker, 10 from Riley Tracy, and nine apiece from King and Howe.
Morgan senior Kaylie Apperson’s 23-points (and five treys) included her 1,000 career point scored as a Lady Raider, a milestone feat that was recognized by a well-deserved standing ovation from appreciative TV and Morgan fans.
The Lady Dawgs travel on Monday night, February 4, to Crooksville, for a make-up game with the Lady Ceramics, then hit the road again – on Wednesday night, February 6, to battle the Muskingum Valley League leaders – Sheridan.
Back on December 4 in Dresden at the Dawg House – in an early season battle of Muskingum Valley League perennial powers – ‘Round One’ of the annual TV vs Sheridan battles went to the Lady Dawgs, as the host black and gold rallied from an eight-point third quarter deficit, then showed its grit down the stretch to earn an exciting 43-36 win over the defending conference champs.