TVS Girls Struggle Early
J. C. Tilton
The undefeated Madison Mohawks visited Twin Valley South this past Saturday. With 5 seniors and a deep bench, they presented a formidable foe for the Panthers. South opened with a zone defense, switching to a man to man later in the game, while Madison pressed and fell back into a half court man to man defense. In the second half Madison did employ some zone defense. South did a fair job of handling the pressure, but having to work the ball down the court against the press wore down the Panther team who only had 3 players on the bench.
In the first quarter the Panthers kept within striking distance of the Mohawks. They were down 16-10 at this juncture. The 2nd quarter was a defensive struggle with the Mohawks only managing 8 points, while South only scored one. In the third quarter the Mohawks opened up the game. They allowed TVS only 4 points, while putting in 15 points of their own to extend the lead. South was stingier in the last quarter, but they would finally fall 22-49. It was the 4th loss for the Panthers as they fell to Milton Union this past Tuesday.
Coach Robinson was asked to comment on the game, “We knew they were tough coming in, last year they beat us by like 50 points. Defensively I thought we played them well, holding them to under 50. I thought we hustled, that's one thing that we have been doing. I give [the team] credit for scrapping, they have been working hard. That's what we have been about all year. We had a lot of good shots that we took, but they just didn't fall. We have no one back from last year that scored double figure points, that is hurting us offensively. We have girls that we are asking to be shooters that just have never been in that role before. It's just a matter of continuing to grow confidence. We really haven't played to our potential yet. The other night Bambeck had 12, another night Voge had 9, tonight Lipps had 8. We just need to get it all together on one night. Lindsey Voge has yet to reach her potential. In practice she shoots the lights out, but she is still adjusting to Varsity games. She is a freshman trying to adjust to varsity, it's going to take some time.”
Scoring for the Panthers: Bambeck 5, Reed 5, Lipps 8, Deleranko 2, DuChemin 2.
The reserve team did win their contest. It was a low scoring game in the first quarter with Madison up 4-2. But South had a strong second quarter, scoring 12 points, while holding the Mohawks at 4. Their press helped keep the Mohawks off-balance. The Mohawks tried to make a late run in the last quarter, but the Panthers held them off easily for a 27-18 victory. Scoring for the Panthers: Spitler 7, Boebel 3, Wysong 6, Colby 11. Comments: email: Chris Tilton