Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley girls basketball team welcomed Maysville to Dresden for a Saturday, Dec. 5 noon-time tip-off at the Dawg Pound, and came out on the winning end of a 61-49 verdict over the always competitive Lady Panthers.
The win improved TV’s record to 3-1 overall on the season, and 2-0 in Muskingum Valley League play.
Lady Dawg ‘super-soph’ Lexi Howe poured in nine points in the first quarter – and all five starters cracked the scoring column for the home team, staking the hosts to a 17-13 lead at the first break.
Tri-Valley maintained its edge in the second stanza and led 30-25 at halftime.
The Lady Dawgs put the pedal to the metal in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers 15-5 to take a commanding 45-30 lead into the fourth quarter. TV senior Tailor Dupler’s five points and four counters from freshman Eva Dittmar led the charge in the decisive third period of play. Dupler and Dittmar combined for another nine points in the fourth quarter, leading the Lady Dawgs to their eventual double-digit, 61-49 win.
Lexi Howe led all scorers with her game-high 20-point effort, with Dupler close behind with 16. Hustling senior Riley Tracy rounded out TV double-figure scorers with 10 points, while Dittmar finished with nine.
Maysville was led by All-Ohioan Bailee Smith’s 18 points, with Trinity Taggert contributing nine for the Lady Panthers.
Coach Logan Scott’s Tri-Valley junior varsity squad earned a win as well, claiming the reserve contest by a 47-23 count over Maysville, and were led in scoring by Belle Baughman’s 10 points, eight from Kendall Baughman, and seven from Ashley Dinan. Emily Lawson’s nine points and seven from Jerzei Blackketter led the Lady Panther JVs.
The Lady Dawgs are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at home, welcoming first-year conference member Meadowbrook to the Dawg Pound, then hit the road on Saturday, Dec. 11 for an expected tough test at Sheridan. The Lady Dawgs and Lady Generals shared the 2019-20 Muskingum Valley League girls’ basketball title.