Lady Hawks earn tournament win over Bradford

We were able to execute what we wanted to do today and we came out with the win ... Coach Michael Paige

Syenna Purdin drains one of her three 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 13 MV points in Lady Hawks tournament win over Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

VERSAILLES – The Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks punched their ticket to take on the Tri-Village Lady Patriots in third-round OHSAA DIV tournament action with a convincing 63-10 win over the Bradford Lady Railroaders.

“We wanted to jump on the early and get some of our other girls some playing time,” said Mississinawa Valley coach Michael Paige. “We were able to execute what we wanted to do today and we came out with the win.”

Taylee Woodbury hits a trey for Mississianwa Valley in Lady Hawks tournament win over Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 32-2 first-quarter lead taking advantage led with 10 Syenna Purdin points including two 3-pointers. Taylee Woodbury, and Makenna Hoggatt also knocked down threes in the opening period for MV.

Period No. 2 went to Mississinawa Valley 17-1 with Woodbury, M. Hottatt, and Purdin each draining a triple sending the teams to the break with the Lady Hawks leading 49-3.

Bradford’s Lilly Canan brings the ball up-court for the Lady Railroaders in tournament game with Mississinawa Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

With a second-half running clock in play the teams played to a 7-5 score with the Lady Hawks winning by two for a 56-8 Mississinawa lead with one quarter to play.

The Lady Hawks took the fourth quarter 7-2 giving Mississinawa Valley a 53-point victory and a date with the Tri-Village Lady Patriots.

Brooklynn Seubert scores for Mississinawa in Lady Hawks tournament win over Lady Roaders. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

All 10 Lady Hawks got in the scoring column led by a game-high Syenna Purdin 13 MV points.

“We were able to spread the ball around,” said Paige. “Everybody got involved. They were focused on Taylee a little bit so she was able to get some assists tonight and whatever we have to do to win, that is what we do.”

Bradford’s lone senior, Brooklyn Crickmore played her final Lady Railroaders basketball game.

Bradford senior Brooklyn Crickmore plays her final basketball game for the Lady Railroaders. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Mississinawa Valley advances to take on the Tri-Village Lady Patriots in OHSAA DIV third round play, Wednesday, February 28 at Versailles High School with a 6 p.m. start time.

Tri-Village advances to take on the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks in a third-round DIV matchup, on Wednesday, February 28 at Versailles High School with a 6 p.m. start time. The Tri-Village and Mississinawa Valley finished one and two in the 2023-2024 WOAC standing, Tri-Village the Conference Champions with an 11-0 mark while the Lady Hawks placed second with a 10-1 record with their only league loss, a 60-59 loss coming at the hands of the Lady Patriots on December 7, 2023.

“We’ve been looking forward to this game since the beginning of the year,” said Coach Paige. “We’re ready for them, we’ve been wanting to play them and now we get our chance.”

MV’s Brenna Price scores for the Lady Hawks in tournament win over Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We’ve changed a lot the way we score, the way we play as a team, a lot of the things we do, what we run, everything is different. Same thing with them. They added Adalynn Hines and they’re running their offense and defense a little bit differently too. Throughout the season teams mature, get better, and the chemistry gets better so it’ll be a different game than it was the last time but I think it will be good for both teams.”

“Both of us will have a couple of players coming back from injuries,” Coach Paige concluded. “We get Paige Emrick back and they get Bella Black back so it will be a good game. We both should be fully staffed.”



MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – S. Purdin 13, T. Woodbury 10, B. Seubert 10, B. Price 8, M. Hoggatt 6, I. Ojeda 4, K. Townsend 4, L. Geesaman 4, C. Hoggatt 2, G. Rodeheffer 2 – 16 7-9 8 63

BRADFORD – L. Canan 3, M Wood 3, B, Wood 2, B. Crickmore 2 – TOTALS 3 1-2 1 10


Mississinawa Valley 8 (S. Purdin 3, T. Woodbury 2, M. Hoggatt 2, L. Geesaman 1)

Bradford 1 (L. Canan 1)


32-17-07-07 63 Mississinawa Valley

02-01-05-02 10 Bradford