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TVS Girls in Three Game Skid
J. C. Tilton

The TVS girls have finished a tough week. After winning in a 4th quarter comeback against Trail in their opener, South has had problems getting back into the win column. The played on Tuesday against a Preble Shawnee team that has been handicapped with a late start as well as the loss of some starting players due to the levy problems that the district has had. The team dropped their first few games, but were ready to play against their neighbor - TVS.

It was South that had the early lead. They started two freshman and initially the momentum went with them. In the second quarter Shawnee went to a zone defense and their outside shooters began to hit their shots - dropping several treys. The defensive change stymied South who only scored 3 points in the quarter and the extra offense allowed Shawnee to open up a 23-16 halftime lead. South regrouped at halftime, but were unable to make up any ground. In the fourth quarter TVS really struggled with turnovers. Finally the team went full court to try and throw Shawnee off balance, but the Arrows easily handled the change. A six point 3rd quarter lead exploded to a16 point lead as the Arrows won handily 45-29.

Coach Robinson had some post game comments, “We were outplayed, out rebounded, and turnovers were a problem. Every time we made a mistake they capitalized. I don't think we scored from the outside at all. We had no offensive presence - we even missed bunny shots”. On the other hand she thought that, “Shawnee came to play, they were aggressive.”

Coach Reece was elated after her first season victory, “We finally got our wind back, the first couple games the girls seemed to get tired...[plus] our plays finally started to come together”. When asked about the momentum swing in the second quarter she responded, “The second quarter was vital, we hunkered down into a zone and our shooters started to hit their shots”. Several players had a good game, “Erin Davis played tough defense with several blocked shots, Amber Howard came out and played hard. Gwen Davis is young but very fiery.” The two Davis girls play AAU basketball together and their teamwork was evident several times on the court.

Scoring for TVS: Bambeck 1, Reed 4, Durkle 4, Lipps 8, Brubaker 2, Stone 2, McCoy 8. Scoring for Shawnee: Brandenburg 4, Howard 10, G. Davis 4, Webster 2, E. Davis 17.

The JV game was won by Shawnee 25 - 20. Scoring for TVS: French 6, McCollum 4, Melling 2, Colby 2, Ervin 6.

TVS played with Mississinnawa Valley for one quarter, then the team was steamrolled. The team tried an older line up this time, but the result was the same. The team had problems with turnovers and a lack of offense. When the dust had settled the score was 25 - 44 in favor of the BlackHawks. Scoring for TVS: Bambeck 2, Lipps 6, Deleranko 6, Duchemin 4, Stone 5, McCoy 2. The JV's lost as well 23-31. Scoring: French 3, Niswonger 2, Colby 2, Ervin 7, Tilton 5.

South played against a strong Madison team on Saturday. Brittany Hayes was back from her suspension, but the Mohawks countered her in the post with a 6' 4" post player who dominated the paint. Madison pressed some and fell back into a zone, TVS played a zone most of the game, mixing in some man to man. The smothering Madison defense kept South on their heels for most of the game. In the second quarter TVS was not able to score at all. It wasn't until the 4th quarter that the team found the basket consistently and made up some ground. By then it was too little too late as the Mohawks dominated the Panthers to win 43-21.

Scoring for the Panthers: Durkle 3, Brubaker 2, Duchemin 3, Stone 1, Hayes 10, McCoy 2. The JV's lost 35-20. Scoring: French 4, McCollum 2, Melling 4, Colby 2, Tilton 8.

Upcoming games for the Panthers: Dec. 9 at Covington, Dec. 16 TVS hosts Newton.


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