Tri-Village WOAC winners over FM Lady Jets

Our kids have a high level of confidence right now shooting, hopefully, we can bottle it up and keep it going ... Coach Brad Gray

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Tai Mize drains one of her Tri-Village seven 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 25 points in WOAC win over FM. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots earned a 72-22 Thursday night WOAC win over the visiting Franklin Monroe Lady Jet behind the hot hand of 5’4” sophomore Tai Mize’s 25 points with 22 coming in the first half.

Tri-Village freshman, Kenna Wilcox scores two of her 15 points in home win over Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We shot it well,” said Tri-Village coach, Brad Gray. “Our kids have a high level of confidence right now shooting, hopefully, we can bottle it up and keep it going.”

Lillie Shellabarger drives to the FM basket in conference matchup with Tri-Village. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Tri-Village jumped out to a 19-5 first-quarter lead with Mize canning three triples good for nine points, six Sydnee DeLong points, and Kynnedi Hager with four points.

“They got a big run on us early in the game and that set the whole tone for it right there,” said Franklin Monroe coach, Tim Barga.

Mize lit up the second quarter Tri-Village nets for 13 points including an additional three 3-pointers to take period No. 2 by a 28-9 count giving the home-standing Lady Patriots a 47-14 lead at the break.

Sydnee DeLong puts up a Tri-Village jumper in the Lady Patriots WOAC win over the Lady Jets. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

With a running clock in play early in third quarter action, Tri-Village settled in for an 8-3 third period sending the teams to the final eight minutes of play with the Lady Patriots up 55-17.

Olivia Sease drives to the FM basket in Lady Jets game at Tri-VIllage. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“That 2-2-1 press especially with Tai and Adalynn up front – how athletic and quick they are and active they are can be pretty bothersome,” Coach Gray noted.

The final quarter of the night had the Lady Patriots adding 17 points to the board while the visitors added five points for a final 50-point Tri-Village conference win.

Franklin Monroe’s Alivia Addis takes a shot in road game at Tri-Village. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We knew FM was going to come in and make some adjustments as the game went on,” said Gray. “Obviously Coach Barga is a legend and knows what he is doing and has won a lot of games so we knew it wasn’t going to be just easy all night.”

“They have a good team – you can’t set back there and say this girl’s a good player, this girl’s a good player…they are all good players,” Coach Barga stated. “They’re just a nice team.”

Mize led Tri-Village and all scorers with a game-high 25 points.

BOXSCORE:

TRI-VILLAGE – Tai Mize 25, Kenna Wilcox 14, S. DeLong 10, K. Hager 10, A. Hines 7, R. Hager 2, Kiersten Wilcox 2, H. Bell 2 – TOTALS 20 2-3 10 72

FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Shellabarger 5, K. Barnes 3, P. Cox 3, A. Figel 3, A. Addis 2, C. Nichols 2, O. Sease 2, L. Davis 2 – TOTALS 6 1-2 3 22

3-POINTERS

Tri-Village 10 (T. Mize 7, Kenna Wilcox 2, A. Hines 1)

Franklin Monroe 3 (K. Barnes 1, E. Shellabarger 1, A. Figel 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

19-28-08-17 72 Tri-Village

05-09-03-05 22 Franklin Monroe