VERSAILLES – The MV Lady Blackhawks defeated the Indian Lake Lady Lakers 70-35 in the opening game of the First Annual Prosperity Promotions Tiger Classic.
“We’re finally starting to find our rhythm offensively,” said MV coach, Michael Paige. “We still have some things we want to work on defensively but offensively we’re spreading the ball around well and everybody is getting in scoring.”
The Lady Hawks’ smothering defensive press and solid offensive play led to a 27-11 Mississinawa Valley first-quarter lead paced by nine Taylee Woodbury points including her first of five 3-pointers to go along with six Brenna Price points.
“Brenna is our everything player, she does it all,” Paige stated. “She can play the point guard, she can play the one through five, she scores a lot, she gets a lot of rebounds, and she usually is somewhere around a double-double every night so she’s a big part of our team and not a lot of people talk about her so it helps us.”
Mississinawa added to its lead taking the second quarter by a 17-9 score sending the teams to the halftime break with the Lady Hawks owning a commanding 44-20 advantage. Woodbury canned two treys and two 2-point baskets to lead the Lady Hawks with 10 second-quarter points.
“Taylee is starting to get her rhythm back from coming off the injury,” said Coach Paige. “This is kind of the rhythm she was in last year right before she got hurt so being able to hit those shots is huge for her especially getting ready to go into the tournament.”
Coach Paige took the full-court press off in the third period with MV taking the quarter by a 12-9 count giving the Darke County girls a 56-29 lead with three quarters in the book. Woodbury paced the Lady Hawks with five points including her fourth triple.
A 10-1 Mississinawa Valley scoring run to open fourth-quarter action put a running clock in play at 5:50 with the score standing at 66-30. The Lady Hawks made it a 70-33 lead with 3:05 showing on the board with the MV starters making their way to the bench to close out the game with a 70-33 victory.
“Taylee leads the conference in assists, she might be top five in the state,” Paige noted. “She’s averaging seven (7.4) assists. She is playing really well right now.”
Woodbury led Mississinawa Valley and all scorers with a game-high 29 points including five triples to go along with being named Most Valuable Player of the game.
MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – T. Woodbury 29, B. Price 12, B. Seubert 10, K. Townsend 9, S. Purdin 7, I. Ojeda 3 – TOTALS 21 4-6 8 70
INDIAN LAKE – S. Hill 9, A. Kinney 8, K. Schwanderer 7, H. Edwards 4, K. Roby 4, M Dixon 3 – TOTALS 12 8-15 0
Mississinawa Valley 8 (T. Woodbury 5, S. Purdin 2, I. Ojeda 1)
Indian Lake 1 (K. Roby 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
27-17-12-14 70 Mississinawa Valley
11-09-09-06 35 Indian Lake