Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley’s girls basketball team look to rebound from their disappointing Sheridan loss with a pair of Muskingum Valley League contests this week — Wed., Dec. 16 at home at The Dawg House versus John Glenn, then a road trip to Philo on Saturday, Dec. 19 to play the Lady Electrics at The Power Plant.
Friday night, Dec. 11 in Thornville, the 2019-20 MVL girls basketball co-champs hooked up in a dandy, as the Tri-Valley vs. Sheridan battle was just that – a battle – with the Lady Generals rallying in the fourth quarter for a down-to-the-wire 40-38 win.
The loss dropped Coach Kaufman’s Lady Dawg charges to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference action while J.D. Walters’ Sheridan lady cagers remained unbeaten in MVL play.
Tri-Valley started well against Sheridan, as Riley Tracy’s five points, four from leading scorer Lexi Howe, and a trey from Anna Krupa helped the guest Lady Dawgs to a 13-10 first break lead. Sheridan standout sparkplug Bailey Beckstedt netted all ten of Sheridan’s points in the opening quarter of play.
The Lady Dawgs maintained their slim advantage over Sheridan in the second stanza – despite some foul trouble for starters Tracy and Dupler. Lexi Howe’s four points, three Krupa charity tosses, and a netter from valuable freshman contributor Karlee Rose saw the visitors jog to the halftime lockerroom with an oh-so-slim 22-21 advantage.
Third-quarter action saw the cream rise to the top for both teams, as TV’s Howe struck for seven important points and Sheridan standout post player Faith Stinson put seven counters through the nets also, as the two MVL powerhouses entered the fourth quarter separated by a single possession, with the Lady Dawgs holding a 33-30 lead.
The fourth quarter belonged to the host Lady Generals, however, as Sheridan outscored the Lady Dawgs 10-5 in the final period of play – and withstood a last-second TV miss to record the 40-38 win in the key early-season battle between the reigning co-champs.
All the offense Tri-Valley could muster in the final session was a Janie McLoughlin two-point netter and three Tracy free throws.
Howe’s 15 points topped the TV effort, followed by Tracy’s eight counters and seven from Anna Krupa.
Bailey Beckstedt’s 16 and Faith Stinson’s 13 points led the winners.
Coach Logan Scott’s Tri-Valley reserve squad took the JV game – 42-24 – over the Lady Generals and were led by Sami Cameron’s 15 points, with help from Lexi Littick and Kendall Baughman with seven each.