The stage is set.
Monday night, February 4 at Crooksville, Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley girls basketball team took care of business just 48 hours before their biggest game of the regular season, as the visiting Lady Dawgs downed the host Lady Ceramics 78-41, setting the stage for their Wednesday night road trip to Thornville, to battle league-leading Sheridan, in a contest with MVL title implications.
The victory gave the Lady Dawgs their 17th victory in 19 starts for the 2018-19 season, and improved their Muskingum Valley League record to 12-2, as the regular season winds down, with just three games remaining until the post season.
In the Crooksville win, Tri-Valley led at every break, in a game that saw 11 different Lady Dawgs crack the scoring column, as Coach Kaufman brought up eight TV junior varsity team members to join the varsity since a reserve game was not played.
The Lady Dawgs jumped out to a 17-9 lead at the first break, led by Audrey Spiker’s five points.
Visiting Tri-Valley poured in 24 points through the nets in the second stanza, as seven Lady Dawgs had scorebook entries, led by Laiken Little’s six counters, five more from Spiker, and four apiece from Lauren King and Janie McLoughlin, as the black and gold took a 41-20 lead into the halftime lockerroom.
The Lady Dawgs racked up 19 more points in the third quarter, led by Spiker’s eight counters, as the visitor’s led 60-26 heading into the fourth quarter to eventually wrap up the 78-41 win.
Spiker’s game-high 18 points led the winners, while Kyndal Howe’s balanced 16-point effort, 12 from Laiken Little, and 10 from Lauren King rounded out four Lady Dawgs in double figures. Riley Tracy added five for the Lady Dawgs, who also saw four players crack the varsity scoring column for the first time this season, with Anna Krupa netting three points, and Hannah King, Rachael Cox, and Sadie Green all netting two counters apiece as well for the winners.
Tri-Valley will need to shoot free throws better if they want to beat Sheridan in the big ‘Round Two Rematch’, as Monday night against Crooksville – the Lady Dawgs shot a sub-par 19 of 42 from the charity stripe.
Lady Dawg and Lady General fans alike will remember that 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.
Buckle up basketball fans, TV vs Sheridan – Round 2 – Wednesday night, February 6 on the Lady Generals home floor, should be a dandy!