by Gregg Meadows
Coach Kurt Kaufman’s Tri-Valley’s girls basketball team seems to be clicking on all cylinders as of late, evidenced by a six-game winning streak and their most recent conquest, a 70-17 win over the River View Lady Bears, Wednesday night, Jan. 6 in Dresden at The Dawg House.
Against the Lady Bears, Tri-Valley jumped out to a 15-4 lead at the first break and never looked back, in recording their fifth Muskingum Valley League win (with just one loss) of the 2020-21 season and improving as well, their overall record to 10-2 in all games played.
Tri-Valley’s Anna Krupa had a first half – and in particular a second quarter – to remember, as the always hustling and unflappable junior guard struck for 19 first-half points – 15 in the second quarter – to pace the home team to a commanding 43-6 halftime lead and eventual win.
Krupa’s four first frame points, and her second stanza trio of treys – and three two-pointers as well – all added up to her game-high of 19 points to lead the winners, who also got double-figure scoring from Riler Tracey’s 10 counters, nine points apiece from Kendall Baughman and Eva Dittmar, and seven from TV’s dominant defensive force, junior Janie McLoughlin, as well. RV’s Prestyn Patterson’s pair of third-quarter three-point lasers and six points led the visiting Lady Bears, who also got four counters each from Aaliyah Better, and Jaylinn Williamson.
Coach Logan Scott’s junior varsity Lady Dawg squad also picked up a win, besting the visiting Lady Bear reserve team by a 48-13 count and were led by Sami Cameron’s 12 points, 11 from P.D. Moore, six apiece from Belle Baughman and Kylan Brock, and Olivia Rapol’s five counters.
Next up for the Lady Dawgs is a pair of road trips, first a short Wednesday night, Jan. 13 trek east to neighboring Coshocton County to play first-year Muskingum Valley League member, the Coshocton Lady Redskins. Then on Saturday, Jan. 16, it’s a long bus ride north to Berlin Hiland High school (just east of Millersburg) and another chance for some state-wide recognition for the Tri-Valley girls basketball team, as they compete in the nationally-recognized ‘Classic in the Country’ three-day girls basketball tournament, held over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center. This year’s competition features a 20-game schedule over the three-day event.
The Lady Dawgs will tip-it off Saturday morning, Jan. 16 at 10:45 a.m. vs. northwest Ohio powerhouse Lima Bath, who boasts a 12-1 record, including their Jan. 7th 53-47 win over previously unbeaten Ottawa Glandorf. The only blemish on the Lady Wildcats 2020-21 season is a 56-45 loss back on Dec. 28 to Minster.
Check out the Tri-Valley Schools website closer to game-day for details on televised coverage of the Tri-Valley vs Lima Bath game, and go to wwwclassicinthecountry.org for an in-depth look at the nation-wide and well-respected three-day hoops tourney.