Lady Patriots win on Falknor’s special night

By Dale Barger

February 6, 2014

NEW MADISON — In the last two years Tri-Village has had three players surpass 1,000 points in their career, and on Thursday night the Lady Patriots added a fourth player in three years to that total.

Tri-Village jumped on top of Mississinawa Valley 16-2 in the first quarter with full court pressure creating some easy baskets.

Ecko Brown scored the first five points in the game and seven in the quarter.

In the second period Krystal Falknor heated up, scoring 10 of the Patriots’ 14 points to go up 30-10 at the half.

The Patriots continued to roll after the break as Raya Mikesell and Heather Ferris teamed up to score eight points each for 16 of the team’s 24 points in the quarter to go up 54-18.

But the night belonged to Falknor, who knocked down a triple from the corner at the 3:25 mark of the third quarter to reach the 1,000-point milestone. It was the senior’s 13th point of the game, and she finished with 15 points and five rebounds in a 72-23 win over Mississinawa Valley.

After a brief game ball presentation and hugs from mom, Kelly, and dad, Jeff, the game resumed.

“It was a special night for Krystal,” Tri-Village girls basketball coach Brad Gray said. “It’s always good to see a player who puts in the time achieve a great individual accomplishment by scoring a 1,000 points. She is a product of being around a lot of good players including herself that have broke the 1,000 point barrier over the last three years.”

The Patriots rolled in the final stanza as freshman Danika Mann poured in eight of her 11 points in the game, joining four other players to score in double figures on their way to a 72-23 Cross County Conference win.

Krystal Falknor led the way with 15 points with Danika Mann adding 11, Mikesell 10, Brown 10 and Ferris 10.

“It’s always good to get balanced scoring, and when you get five players in double figure scoring, it usually means good things for your team,” coach Gray said.

Mississinawa freshman Kylie Willis led the Blackhawks with 12 points on the night.

The Patriots raise their record to 15-5 overall and 9-2 in the conference while Mississinawa Valley falls to 4-16 overall and 4-7 in the conference.

Score by quarters:

TV…16…14…24…18 – 72

MV…02…08…08…05 – 23

Individual scoring:


Brown 10, Dubbs 2, Mikesell 10, Falknor 15, Downing 5, Ferris 10, Miller 3, Godown 2, Bruner 5, Mann 11 - Totals: 4 - 23 - 14/18 – 72

Mississinawa Valley

Dirmeyer 6, Dirksen 2, Johns 1, Nelson 2, Scholl 1, Willis 12