Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Muskingum Valley League co-leading Tri-Valley girl’s basketball team is just one win away from at least a share of the 2019-20 conference crown, after the Lady Dawgs defeated the visiting Crooksville Lady Ceramics by a 91-15 count, Wednesday night, February 5 in Dresden at The Dawg House, on Senior Night.
The Lady Dawgs placed five players in double figures in the Crooksville win, led by freshman Lexi Howe’s 15 points, with Kyndal Howe (14), Lauren King (14), Riley Tracy (14), and Janie McLoughlin (10) lending plenty of support to record the win. Grace Frame’s five points led the Lady Ceramics.
The win improved Tri-Valley’s overall record to 18-3 on the season, and more importantly, 14-1 in conference play with just one game remaining – a Saturday evening, February 8 trip to South Zanesville to play the always competitive Maysville Lady Panthers.
Tri-Valley defeated Maysville in ‘Round One’ of conference action by a 55-42 count back on January 8 in Dresden at The Dawg House. But it wasn’t easy, as the Lady Panthers led at halftime, before the host Lady Dawgs rallied in the second half to get the victory. Lauren King’s 15 points paced the Lady Dawgs in that win, while Maysville standout junior Bailee Smith’s 23 counters paced the Lady Panthers.
A win over Maysville will give the Lady Dawgs at least a share of the 2019-20 MVL girls basketball title. Sheridan plays at West Muskingum on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8, to wrap up their regular season. Tip-off for the TV vs Maysville varsity game will follow the JV game, which tips-off at 6:00 p.m.
On the Senior Night, regular-season home finale for the Lady Dawgs, four outstanding TVHS senior student-athletes were honored and recognized in a pre-game ceremony alongside their parents.
Pictured below are: (left to right) Lauren King with her parents Carrie and Rick King, Audrey Spiker with her parents Nicki and Ben Spiker, Karsan Ross with her parents Brandi and Doug Ross, and Kyndal Howe, with her parents Angie and Buster Howe.
Lady Dawg senior Audrey Spiker was honored as well on Senior Night, with a four-year U.S. Army ROTC National Merit Scholarship presented to her – in person – by U.S. Army Major Joseph Nalli, who is the assistant professor of Military Science at the OSU Army ROTC program. Congratulations Audrey!
Congratulations to Lady Dawg seniors – Kyndal Howe, Lauren King, Karsan Ross, and Audrey Spiker. Thanks for the memories ladies – and good luck in your future endeavors!