Lady Hawks WOAC winners over Lady Jets

Mackenzea Townsend scores two of her game high 18 points in Lady Blackhawks win over FM. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

UNION CITY – Mississinawa Valley defeated the visiting Franklin Monroe Lady Jets 71-31 in Thursday night WOAC action with nine Lady Hawks getting on the scoreboard.

“I thought we played well,” said MV coach, Michael Paige. “We had foul trouble with a lot of our people so we played a lot more of our players than we would normally play but we got great production out of our bench and I thought we played really well as a team today.”

Franklin Monroe freshman, Adalynn Hines scores two of her 15 points in varsity game at Mississinawa Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“They’re a very big team, they’re strong,” said Franklin Monroe coach, Zane Shellabarger. “I though my girls battled, the girls played hard. I don’t like to lose but I have no problem with their effort.”

The Lady Blackhawks grabbed an early 21-12 lead after one quarter of action with balanced scoring from eight Syenna Purdin points including two 3-points, five Taylee Woodbury points including a trey, and four points each from Jocelyn Hoggatt and Mackenzea Townsend.

Syenna Purdin cans a 3-pointer for Mississinawa Valley in the Lady Hawks win over FM. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Mississinawa stretched its lead to 23 points outscoring the visitors 20-6 in period No. 2 sending the teams to the break with the Lady Hawks holding a 41-18 advantage. Townsend paced MV with 6 points with seven Lady Hawks getting on the board.

“Our defense is supposed to be our staple so every game we’re trying to get better and better at defense,” Paige stated. “The more defense we can play, the more we can push the ball. We want to play fast, we want to play in transition so it all starts with the defense.”

The Lady Hawks continued to use its height advantage in outscoring the visitors 20-10 in the third led by 6’1” junior, Mackenzea Townsend accounting for 8 points.

“Mackenzea showed up today,” said Coach Paige. “We have been waiting for her to show up for a few games now but that’s the Mackenzea we see at practice every day so for her to have that kind of game hopefully that propels her to the next few games.”

Taking a 35 point lead to the final quarter, a running clock was in play with MV closing out the night 10-3.

Taylee Woodbury buries a triple for MV in the Lady Hawks MVL win over Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We’re really pleased,” Coach Paige said of building a program at MV. “We’re really young. We only have three seniors and we have freshmen and sophomores that are playing really well. Our whole JV is pretty much freshman except for two or three and we have a couple eighth graders that are pretty good that are coming next year so the program of the future looks bright.”

Townsend led Mississinawa Valley and all scorers with a game high 18 points. FM freshman, Adalynn Hines paced the Lady Jets with 15 points.



MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – M. Townsend 18, T. Woodbury 16, S. Purdin 11, J. Hoggatt 8, J. Ojeda 4, C. Fritz 4, B. Price 4, X. Lizano 3, M. Guillozet 3 – TOTALS 26 1-6 6 71

FRANKLIN MONROE – A. Hines 15, E. Shellabarger 8, L. Shellabarger 4, O. Sease 2, J. Nichols 2 – TOTALS 9 4-11 3 31


Mississinawa Valley 6 (S. Purdin 3, T. Woodbury 2, M. Guillozet 1)

Franklin Monroe 3 (A. Hines 2, E. Shellabarger 1)


21-20-20-10 71 Mississinawa Valley

12-06-10-03 31 Franklin Monroe

Lady Jets freshman, Eva Shellabarger brings the ball up-court in varsity basketball game at MV. (Gaylen Blosser photo)


Jocelyn Hoggatt puts up a Lady Hawks shot in MVL win over Lady Jets. (Gaylen Blosser photo)