Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley’s girls basketball team tipped off the calendar year 2021 potion of their season off with a 57-46 win Monday night, Jan. 4 in Dresden at The Dawg House, defeating non-conference foe Marietta, as the visiting – and competitive – Lady Tigers proved a good test for the Lady Dawgs.
Tri-Valley led at every break, but couldn’t run away from the scrappy Lady Tigers, who stepped onto Rich Longaberger Court with a 3-2 record – having played five games less on their 2020-21 schedule than the Lady Dawgs. The victory hiked the Lady Dawgs 2020-21 season record to 9-2 overall, while still holding steady with a 4-1 mark in Muskingum Valley League action.
TV sophomore standout Lexi Howe was a dominant force in the Marietta win, as her pair of treys in the first quarter led the hosts to a slim 15-14 lead at the first break, her eight more counters helped the Lady Dawgs to a 30-20 halftime lead, and her five more third-quarter points led the black and gold to a 45-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter, where she connected for six more counters – ending up with a game-high total of 25 points.
Lady Dawg freshman Eva Dittmar joined Howe in double figures with 11 points, while the hustling Lady Tigers were led in scoring by tall and talented Morgan Altenburger’s 20 points and 13 from Adi Hill.
Tri-Valley also took the junior varsity contest by a 37-22 count and were led by Kendall Baughman’s 10 points, nine from Sami Cameron, and seven counters scored by Olivia Rapol. Maddie Hogue’s eight points led the Marietta reserves.
Coach Kaufman’s Lady Dawgs return to the friendly confines of their Rich Longaberger Court hardwood on Wednesday night, Jan. 6, welcoming a familiar face – and foe – to The Dawg Pound – Coach Marty Bice and his River View Lady Bears to Dresden for a Muskingum Valley League battle.
Coach Bice is well-known to the Tri-Valley area. A former Scottie standout student-athlete, starting member of the 1981 Rich Longaberger-coached Final Four, TVHS Athletic Hall of Fame TV boys basketball team – followed by a highly successful coaching career in football and girls basketball stint at TVHS that included a 2005 Final Four appearance for the Lady Dawgs – Bice – and the rival River View Lady Bears – are indeed no strangers to the Scottie hardwood.
River View joins fellow Coshocton County neighbor, the Coshocton Redskins, and the Meadowbrook Colts – from Guernsey County – as the Muskingum Valley League’s newest members for the school year 2020-21. (River View is a past MVL member, enjoying conference membership from 1975-2005.)