by Gregg Meadows
With the post-season looming just around the corner, Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley Lady Dawg basketball team can’t afford to look too far ahead, as the Muskingum Valley League co-leaders need to take care of business the last week of the 2019-20 regular season to clinch a share of the conference crown.
And the Lady Dawgs ‘kept their eye on the prize’ in their two most recent outings, defeating visiting New Lexington on Saturday, February 1 by a 74-37 count, then dispatching a hustling Columbus Bishop Hartley Lady Hawks squad – 57-33 – on Monday night in Dresden at The Dawg House in their final non-conference tilt on the schedule.
The pair of wins upped the Lady Dawgs overall record to 17-3 on the season, and now 13-1 in MVL play, with just two games remaining – a Wednesday night, Feb. 5 home date on Senior Night vs. visiting Crooksville, then an important trip to South Zanesville in the regular-season finale against always tough Maysville on Saturday night, Feb. 8.
In Saturday’s New Lex win, the Lady Dawgs jumped out to a 20-12 lead at the first break over the visiting Lady Panthers, thanks to a pair of treys and nine first frame points from freshman guard Lexi Howe.
The Lady Dawgs piled on the points in the second stanza, outscoring the visitors by a 22-5 count, powered by a trio of treys and five points each from Lauren King, Karsan Ross, and Anna Krupa, as the black and gold jogged to the halftime lockerroom with a commanding 42-17 lead.
Lexi Howe’s eight counters and Janie McLoughlin’s seven points in the third quarter helped up the Lady Dawgs advantage to 62-30 heading into the fourth quarter, then Riley Tracy’s seven fourth frame points closed the door on New Lex for the final 74-37 tally.
Lexi Howe’s game-high 19 points topped Tri-Valley scorers, who also got 12 counters from Riley Tracy, and nine apiece from Kyndal Howe and Audrey Spiker. Maggie Skillman’s eight points, and six countes each from Emma Abrams, Lydia Stephens, and Aubri Spicer were tops for the Lady Panthers.
In the junior varsity game, Coach Logan Scott’s TV reserve squad defeated New Lex’s JV squad 34-9, as nine different Lady Dawgs cracked the scoring column, led by Hannah King’s eight points. Lizzie Ellis scored six points for the Lady Panthers. Back on January 29, Coach Scott’s Lady Dawg junior varsity charges took a bus ride to Indian Valley to play the host Lady Braves in a JV only contest, and came home with a hard-earned 30-21 win. Ashley Dinan’s 10 points topped the TV effort; Ashton Doak’s five counters were tops for the home team.
Monday night, February 3 in Dresden at The Dawg House, the Lady Dawgs welcomed a tall and talented Columbus Bishop Hartley squad to Rich Longaberger Court. Owners of a solid 13-5 overall record, the Lady Hawks fell victim to some smothering TV Lady Dawg defense, forcing turnovers that they turned into points, while showing good balance on the offensive end, with eight different players cracking the scoring column in their 58-33 win.
Lexi Howe’s 13 first half points ended up topping the TV scorers, who also got 12 counters from Lauren King, nine from Anna Krupa, and eight points from Kyndal Howe and Janie McLoughlin. Hartley was led in scoring by Keeky Mcelrath and Kami Kortokrax with nine points each. Tri-Valley took the junior varsity game as well, winning 44-36, and were led by Hannah King’s 11 points and ten from Belle Baughman. Cheyenne Griffey’s 12 points led Bishop Hartley.
Wednesday night, February 5 in Dresden, Tri-Valley will play their regular season home finale – on Senior Night – at The Dawg House, when they welcome the visiting Crooksville Lady Ceramics for a varsity only contest.
The four Tri-Valley Lady Dawg seniors – Karsan Ross, Audrey Spiker, Kyndal Howe, and Lauren King – (pictured below) will be honored in a ceremony that will start at 7:00 p.m., with the varsity game to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m..
Pictured above are the four TVHS Lady Dawg senior basketball players that will be honored during a pre-game ceremony on Wednesday night, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Dresden at The Dawg House, prior to the tip-off of the TV vs Crooksville regular season home finale. Left to right are: Karsan Ross, Audrey Spiker, Kyndal Howe, and Lauren King. Leonard Hill photo
The Lady Dawgs travel to South Zanesville on Saturday night, Feb. 8, for the regular season finale versus the Maysville Lady Panthers. Wins over Crooksville and Maysville will clinch at least a tie for the Lady Dawgs for the Muskingum Valley league girls’ basketball title.
- Check out the TVHS Athletics Website later this week for a look at the Lady Dawgs OHSAA East District D-II tournament draw.