NEW MADISON – Tri-Village took on St. Henry, the first of three games in a week that are crucial to the team, and coach Brad Gray wanted to make sure his team was focused first on the Lady Redskins and take it one game at a time.
He had to be happy because the Lady Patriots blistered the nets in the opening quarter as they jumped on top of St. Henry 26-11. Raya Mikesell scored nine and Krystal Falknor seven, leading a host of Patriots to score in the period.
“Offensively we were as good as we have been all year in the first quarter,” Gray said. “Although we shot well, our defense set the tone. They played solid, and we were the more physical team … that’s not what you expect when playing a MAC team.”
The Patriots’ defense held St. Henry to just seven points in the second period, and that was a good thing because as hot as they were early, they were that cold, just eight points … but enough to hold a 34-18 halftime lead.
Tri-Village upped their lead to 20, making it 48-28 to end the third frame. Again it was Falknor and Mikesell who paced the PATS offensively.
St. Henry won the final stanza 17-12 but fell in defeat by the score of 60-45.
Ironically the 15-point margin was the same TV had in the first quarter, which proves how important it is for a team to get off to a good start … it sets the tone for the rest of the game.
“We’ve talked about the need to get off to a better start, and today’s performance should prove to our girls how important that is,” Gray said.
“Krystal Falknor played if not her best game of the year … maybe the best of her career,” Gray said. “Now she knows what to do; we just need her to do it on a consistent basis going forward.
“I was happy with our guard play. Yes, we miss Teha Richards and Shaye Thomas, and they are hard to replace … but my two junior guards, Raya Mikesell and Ecko Brown, are really starting to come into their own.
“Raya is doing a great job running the point and knocking down shots while Ecko is a ball hawk on defense and makes a lot of intangible plays that don’t show up in the book,” Gray said.
“Although Lexie Bruner only scored eight points I thought she played an outstanding game. She is a smart player and sees the floor so well not only on offense but defense too,” Gray continued.
“This was a good win … but it’s only one of three big games this week. We travel to Arcanum, which is a very tough place to play and very good team in a key league game followed by Bradford, who is really playing well,” Gray concluded.
Krystal Falknor led TV with 20 points and four rebounds while Raya Mikesell added 19 points and four assists.
Score by quarters:
TV….26…08…14…12 – 60
STH…11…07…10…17 – 45
Tri-Village – Ecko Brown 4, Raya Mikesell 19, Krystal Falknor 20, Allie Downing 2, Heather Ferris 5, Lexie Bruner 8, Danika Mann 2.
Totals 7 – 14 – 11/15 – 60
St. Henry – Ellie Stammen 4, Cara Brockman 2, Olivia Stahl 9, Taylor Koesters 14, Taylor Siegrist 6, Allie Mikesell 3, Megan Post 4, Alyssa Mescher 3.
Totals 2-17-5/15 - 45