NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots bolted out to a 29-0 lead after one quarter of conference play to defeat the visiting Ansonia Lady Tigers 77-9.
Tri-Village took advantage of a smothering defense and the 3-pointer with five Lady Patriots hitting from long range led by Rylee Sagester’s four treys, Morgan Hunt three triples, Tori Richards two 3-pointers and a three from Emma Cantrell and Sydnee DeLong.
“Our defense has been really good and we need it to be,” said Tri-Village coach, Brad Gray. “That’s something you can rely on night in and night out.”
“We shot it extremely well tonight but that is not always something that’s going to happen but the defense is always going to be there and something you can rely on,” Gray continued. “It’s something our kids buy into, they practice it with intensity, they get after it practice. Unlike a lot of kids, they really enjoy that end of the floor. There are still things we have to do better on that end but overall I’m pretty pleased with how we did on the defensive end of the floor.”
The Lady Patriots took a 51-4 lead to the halftime break Sagester leading the way with 14-points including four 3-pointers, 6’3” freshman, Kennedi Hager with 12-points, Hunt 13-points including three second quarter triples, Richards 10-points including a trey and Bella Black 2-points.
Second half play opened with a running clock and the Lady Patriots starters spending most of the time on the bench with Coach Gray. Richards paced Tri-Village second half play with 8-points, DeLong and Black 5-points each, Cantrel 3-points and Kiersten Wilcox a point.
“We want to let our defense lead to easy offense for us,” said Coach Gray. “That’s one of the things we emphasize with our kids – we want to get easy ones and not give easy ones up. Our kids typically get up and down the floor pretty well but if we can keep getting steals out front and let it lead to layups or easy transition spot-up threes, I think we’re pretty dangerous when things lead to that for us.”
Ansonia got a 3-pointer each from Bailey Schmit and a buzzer beater as time ran out on the game from Rose Barga.
‘I’m still trying to buy the confidence from them,” Ansonia coach, Joey Schmitmeyer said following the game. “You take stuff like this and you look at it but one thing we control is our attitude, our effort and we got to do better with that. We just have believe and play hard and that’s how you get respect whether you win or lose you show somebody that you’re going to play hard the whole way to the end of the game.”
TRI-VILLAGE 77, ANSONIA 9
TRI-VILLAGE – T. Richards 18, M. Hunt 15, R. Sagester 14, K. Hager 14, B. Black 7, S. DeLong 5, E. Cantrell 3, K. Wilcox 1 – TOTALS 20 4-9 11 77
ANSONIA – Bailey Schmit 4, R. Barga 3, Brenna Schmit 2 – TOTALS 1 1-5 2 9
Tri-Village 11 (R. Sagester 4, M. Hunt 3, T. Richards 2, E. Cantrel 1, S. Delong 1)
Ansonia 2 (R. Barga 1, Bailey Schmit 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
29-22-17-09 77 Tri-Village
00-04-00-05 09 Ansonia