Girls Varsity Basketball · Coach Kurt Kaufman’s TVHS Lady Dawg hoopsters cap regular season with hard-earned Maysville win; tip-off post season in Feb. 25 District semi-final at The Dawg House

by Gregg Meadows

Coach Kurt Kaufman’s TVHS Lady Dawg hoopsters put the wraps on their 2020-21 regular season on Saturday, Feb. 13 in South Zanesville, with their hard-earned win over the host Maysville Lady Panthers.

But it wasn’t easy, as in a defensive (make that offensive) – struggle, the Lady Dawgs prevailed by a slim 37-32 count.

With the win, the Lady Dawgs improved their overall 2020-21 regular season record to a 17-3 overall mark, and a 9-2 record in Muskingum Valley league play.

First period action against host Maysville saw the visiting Lady Dawgs down 11-9 at the first break, with Tailor Dupler’s five first fame counters, and fielders from Riley Tracy and Eva Dittmar accounting for the Tri-Valley scorebook entries, while MHS leading scorer Bailee Smith struck for eight points in the opening eight-minute session with some help from an Averee Vaughn trey from downtown as well.

Points were hard to come by in the second stanza as well for the black-and-gold, as a pair of Lexi Howe action shot counters, an Eva Dittmar trey and two Riley Tracy charity tosses spelled the visitor’s offense for the second eight-minute session, as the black and gold jogged to the halftime locker room down 19-18 in South Zanesville, with Maysville’s Bailee Smith’s 16 first half counters the difference for the hosts.

The Lady Dawgs returned to the second half floor with some spark, as Lexi Howe dropped in a pair of action shots and a long trey from behind the arc, and TV senior starter Tailor Dupler a trey and action shot as well, as the visiting Lady Dawgs finally grabbed the lead, and took a slim 32-28 lead into the final quarter of play.

Lexi Howe’s early fourth-period trey and eventual pair of charity tosses was – barely – enough, as the Lady Dawgs survived, and escaped South Zanesville with a hard-earned 37-32 win over the host Maysville Lady Panthers.

Howe’s 16 points led the winners, who also got 10 counters from Tailor Dupler and five from Eva Dittmar.  Smith’s game-high 22 points led the Lady Panthers, who only had three scorebook entries in the contest, with Averee Vaughn’s trio of treys (nine points) and Anna DeVolld’s charity toss the only other marks tallied for the host Lady Panthers.

Coach Logan Scott’s Tri-Valley junior varsity squad took the reserve contest by a 55-25 count as well, and were led by Lady Dawg scorers Kendall Baughman and Kylan Brock with ten points apiece, followed by P.D. Moore (eight points), Frazeysburg’s Zoey Zeman (7), Olivia Rapol (five points), Sami Cameron and Ashley Dinan with four points each, and Karlee Rose and Belle Baughman with three points apiece as well.

Coach Scott’s TV junior varsity team finished the 2020-21 season with a sterling 17-3 overall record and 9-2 mark amongst Muskingum Valley League competition.  Congrats on a fine season, Tri-Valley junior varsity!

Tri-Valley was scheduled to hop on the tournament trail on Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Beaver Local in Dresden at The Dawg House, but a COVID-19 related issue has knocked Beaver Local out of post-season play, handing the Lady Dawgs a Sectional title, and a new date for their tourney opener – a district semi-final game to be played at TVHS On Thursday night, Feb. 25 with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off vs. the winner of the Zanesville-East Liverpool game.