by Gregg Meadows
Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley girls’ basketball team tipped-off the postseason in impressive style on Saturday, February 15 on their home floor, as the No. 1 East District seeded Lady Dawgs dispatched No. 17th seeded Carrollton 65-25 in the tournament opener for both squads.
The victory gave the Lady Dawgs their 20th overall win of the 2019-20 season, with just three losses.
Tri-Valley’s win advances the Lady Dawgs to the Sectional semi-final game to be played this Wednesday, Feb. 19 back in Dresden at The Dawg House, where the Lady Dawgs will host the Meadowbrook Lady Colts, the No. 18 seed.
Tri-Valley jumped on the Lady Warriors of Carrollton right off the opening tip, scoring the game’s first 19 points, and taking a big 24-2 lead at the first break, as seven different Lady Dawgs cracked the first-period scoring column, led by freshman Lexi Howe’s six points, and Riley Tracy’s five first frame counters.
Six more points from Tracy in the second stanza helped Tri-Valley to a 40-13 halftime lead, then Lexi Howe’s trio of third-quarter treys put the game out of reach, as the Lady Dawgs second-half lead of 35 points kicked-in the OHSAA postseason rule of a running clock, speeding the black-and-gold along to their final 65-25 tally in the final quarter and half of play.
Tracy and Lexi Howe’s 17 points apiece topped the Lady Dawgs in scoring, who also got nine counters each from sophomores Janie McLoughlin and Anna Krupa. Abby Laizure’s four treys for 12 points led Carrollton, who also got six points from Melina Moore, and five from Lauren Marmo.
Tip-off for Wednesday’s Feb. 19 Sectional semi-final vs Meadowbrook is set for 7:00 p.m. in Dresden at The Dawg House. Pre-sale tickets for the contest will be available at the high school office beginning Tuesday during regular school hours. Pre-sale tickets are $6, with the school receiving $2 for every pre-sale ticket sold.
In a nice touch for TVHS, the Lady Dawgs were permitted to celebrate their recently won share of the 2019-20 MVL title (which they captured last week on the road at Maysville) with family and friends on their home floor, with a trophy presentation from athletic director Erin Nezbeth to the team in the school’s Commons, then a post-game net-cutting ceremony for the team back in the Dawg House. Pictured below are seniors (left to right) Lauren King, Kyndal Howe, Audrey Spiker, and Karsan Ross, (with the MVL Trophy and piece of the net), as well as the entire team, posing proudly with their hard-earned hardware. Congratulations Lady Dawgs!