Girl Blackhawks draw back in fourth quarter in win over Girl Tigers

Lady Blackhawks pull away in fourth quarter in win over Lady Tigers

By Drew Terhall

UNION CITY — To spherical out the Rt. 47 Shootout, the Mississinawa Valley women basketball workforce defeated Ansonia, 62-35, on Jan. 20 at house.

Mississinawa Valley head coach Michael Paige stated this recreation was just like the final time these two groups performed on Dec. 23. It was a detailed, ugly recreation for 3 quarters earlier than the Girl Blackhawks pulled away on the finish.

“It’s a rivalry recreation. The final time we performed them, the sport was similar to this. It was a detailed recreation within the fourth quarter and we managed to drag away,” Paige stated. “It was a tough recreation, it was an unpleasant recreation. The actual fact we will nonetheless be taught to win and we’re nonetheless profitable ugly video games is only a bonus for us. A approach for us to proceed to develop.”

Mississinawa Valley led 22-14 after Ansonia sophomore Olivia Schmitmeyer scored a bucket simply earlier than the primary half ended.

Each groups struggled to get the offense going. Ansonia struggled to maintain the ball, however did sufficient to maintain inside placing distance.

Mississinawa Valley couldn’t run their offense effectively and couldn’t hit their photographs. The groups main scorer, junior Taylee Woodbury, was held to 2 factors within the first half.

Ansonia head coach Connor Custenborder stated he was proud of how his workforce executed the field and one protection on Woodbury and the Girl Blackhawks. They have been capable of decelerate a excessive powered offense and pressure them to play in a low scoring recreation.

“We put a field and one on her. I assumed the women picked it up very nicely. Put it in follow this week. They did a great selecting that up and executing that within the first half,” Custenborder stated.

However as the sport went on, Mississinawa Valley stored making sufficient performs to remain forward by a snug margin. Whilst Ansonia reduce down the sport to a four-point deficit early within the second half, Mississinawa Valley fought again.

Within the third quarter, the Girl Blackhawks scored 9 of their 14 factors from the free throw line. The Ansonia offense made a number of photographs to maintain tempo with the free factors Mississinawa Valley was incomes.

Then the fourth quarter rolled round. The Girl Blackhawks outscored the Girl Tigers, 26-8, within the closing quarter.

Custenborder stated with the workforce nonetheless down, they switched to a full courtroom press to get some momentum on there aspect. As soon as Mississinawa Valley was capable of break the press, Ansonia couldn’t transition into their half-court protection quick sufficient.

“We have been down a bit of bit, so we needed to strain a bit of bit greater than what we have been doing. We needed to go full courtroom as a substitute of half courtroom. We couldn’t transition into our half-court protection. We didn’t actually hand over layups off of it, we weren’t matching up shortly out of it,” Custenborder stated.

Junior Syenna Purdin sparked the offense with two made threes within the quarter. Then Woodbury received in on the motion and put away the Girl Tigers with 4 made threes. Mississinawa Valley made 9 threes as a workforce.

Paige stated this time round, the workforce performed higher defensively to shut it out and have been capable of finding methods to attain after struggling a lot of the recreation.

Woodbury led all scorers with 21 factors. Purdin had 12 factors. For Ansonia, senior Bailey Schmit led the Girl Tigers with 11 factors. Freshman London Reichert had eight factors.

Paige stated general, the Rt. 47 Shootout was a good way for everybody within the basketball applications and locally to assist one another. Girls and boys from junior excessive and up have been capable of be the featured recreation for each faculties.

“For everyone, the entire group to return out and have the ability to see these video games, take pleasure in these video games and see all the longer term and the expertise coming in is absolutely good for the group all collectively,” Paige stated.

Mississinawa Valley is now 12-4 on the season with a 7-1 WOAC document. Ansonia is now 6-8 on the season with a 3-5 WOAC document.

Ansonia can be at Preble Shawnee on Jan. 25 at 7:15 p.m. The Girl Tigers will then host Botkins on Jan. 27 at midday.

Mississinawa Valley can be at Union Metropolis on Jan. 23 for a 7:15 p.m. tip off. They may then host Bradford on Jan. 25 at 7:15 p.m.

Paige stated the remaining video games on the schedule will assist the workforce face completely different kinds of play as they put together for the upcoming postseason match.

“All of these groups are a bit of bit completely different in what they do. It permits as much as change it up and have the ability to play completely different groups and completely different kinds of play. That may get us prepared for the match as nicely,” Paige stated.

Contact Day by day Advocate sports activities editor Drew Terhall at [email protected]