MV senior, Alison Byram goes to the basket for the Lady Hawks in WOAC matchup with Dixie. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Dixie nips Lady Blackhawks

Mississinawa Valley drops 2-point WOAC matchup to the Lady Greyhounds

UNION CITY – The Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks dropped a 2-point WOAC senior night basketball game to the visiting Dixie Lady Greyhounds by a 49-47 score.

“We played hard – both teams played hard,” said Mississinawa Valley coach, Michael Paige. “It was close but we fought hard. We have a lot of younger girls that are really good and we were trying to do things a little bit different just to honor the seniors but they came out really played hard.”

Dixie jumped out to an early 8-2 first quarter advantage before the Lady Hawks battled back to make it a 10-9 score after one period of play.

The Lady Hawks’ freshman duo of Taylee Woodbury and Syenna Purdin each buried first quarter 3-pointers, sophomore Jocelyn Hoggatt hit a basket and Alison Byram added a free throw.

Dixie pushed its lead to 21-16 at the halftime break taking the second quarter 11-7. Woodbury accounted for 7 Lady Hawks’ points including her second triple of the night and Byram connected on a 2-point bucket.

Mississinawa Valley stormed back in third quarter play taking the peiod 18-13 to send the game to the fourth with the teams tied a 34-34.

“We got Mattie Hiestand off an injury with this her first game,” said Paige. “She was a little bit rusty but she still played well, she played hard. It took her a little while to get going and hit a few shots and once she got going we started coming back and started making the game close.”

Woodbury paced the Lady Hawks with 5-points including her third trey of the game, Mattie Hiestand added 4-points including a 3-pointer, sophomore Kenzea Townsend accounted for 4-points, Purding hit her second trey of the night and Madi Townsend rounded out third period scoring with a basket.

The teams played to a 47-47 standoff with 0:44 on the fourth quarter clock only to have the visitors get the last basket and the win.

Byrum led the Lady Hawks with 4-points in the fourth, Kennedy Stacher hit a 3-pointer and M. Townsend, H. Hiestand and K. Townsend each added a basket.

Mississinawa Valley honored four seniors prior to the tipoff: Alison Byram, Madie Townsend, Mattie Hiestand and Kennedy Stachler.

“Our seniors are the leaders of our team,” Coach Paige stated. “It may not show through playing time or in the stats but the seniors are still the leaders of our team. They’re the ones that keep everybody in line and they’re the ones that tell the girls patience and how to run and what to do. Without our senior leadership we wouldn’t have had the successful season that we’ve had so far.”



DIXIE – S. Brinson 23, M. Isaacs 12, H. Parker 7, F. Fisher 7 – TOTALS 12 10-18 5 49

MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – T. Woodbury 13, A. Byram 7, S. Purdin 6, M. Hiestand 6, K. Townsend 6, M. Townsend 4, K. Stachler 3, J. Hoggatt 2 – TOTALS 11 4-7 7 47


Dixie 5 (M. Isaacs 3, H. Parker 1, S. Brinson 1)

Mississinawa Valley 7 (T. Woodbury 3, S. Purdin 2, K. Stachler 1, M. Hiestand 1)


10-11-13-15 49 Dixie

09-07-18-13 47 Mississinawa Valley

Lady Hawks senior, Mattie Hiestand hits for free throw in senior night home game with the Lady Greyhounds. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Mississinwa Valley senior, Kennedy Stachler puts up a 3-pointer for the Lady Hawks in senior night home game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Blackhawks senior, Madi Townsend scores in the team's senior night game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Taylee Woodbury scores for Mississinawa Valley in the team's WOAC game with the Lady Greyhounds. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Syenna Purdin hits a 3-pointer for the Lady Hawks in Monday night WOAC contest with Dixie. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at or 937-459-9547.

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