Lady Blackhawks Kennedy Stachler signals a play in MV's big win over Troy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Blackhawks dismantle Troy Christian

Three Lady Blackhawks hit double figures in lopsided non-conference win over Troy Christian

UNION CITY – With two players unable to go,  the Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks took to the court Monday night and handily defeat the visiting Troy Christian Lady Eagles 51-22 in a non-conference varsity basketball game.

“We had a good showing tonight,” said MV coach, Michael Paige. “I love our energy especially on defense.”

“We were missing a couple of girls tonight,” continued Paige. “Brenna Price, one of our starters was sick today and we were missing Braxton Trump as well. Both of them are varsity players and play a lot during our games. Once we get those two back our defense will pick up even more.”

Mississinawa Valley took a 14-1 lead after one period of play getting balance offensive play with five Lady Hawks getting in the scoring column including five Kennedy Stachler points coming by way of a 3-pointer and 2-point basket.

The Lady Eagles battled back to match the Lady Hawks 12-point second quarter sending the non-conference matchup to the halftime break with MV holding a double digit 28-14 advantage. Freshman Taylee Woodbury and Jocelyn Hoggatt paced the Lady Hawks with 5-points each including both knocking down a trey.

“Taylee Woodbury doesn’t get tired – that’s the good thing,” Coach Paige said of his freshman. “She can play – she is definitely going to be special.”

MV outpaced the visitors 13-4 in period No. 3 led by two Mattie Hiestand triples sending the game to the final quarter with the Lady Hawks leading 41-17.

The Lady Blackhawks doubled up on Troy Christian 10-5 in the final period to earn a 29-point margin of victory.

After a three year absence, Coach Paige returns to lead the Lady Blackhawks program and is pleased with what he views ahead.

“No – no I didn’t,” Paige said when asked if he knew what he had to work with for the 2021-22 season. “I knew they had some talent and I knew they were aggressive but then I heard about the incoming freshmen class after I got the job.Then once I saw them – oh my goodness, they’re special. This freshman class is really good.”

I think we are going to surprise “some people,” Coach Paige concluded.



MISSISSINAW VALLEY – K. Stachler 11, M. Hiestand 11, T. Woodbury 10, A. Byram 7, J. Hoggatt 7, S. Purdin 3, M. Townsend 2 – TOTALS 12 9-14 6 51

TROY CHRISTIAN – S. Johnson 8, K. Johnson 5, A. Brookhart 4, H. Carroll 3, J. Myers 2 – TOTALS 9 4-12 0 22


Mississinawa Valley 6 (M. Hiestand 2, T. Woodbury 1, J. Haggatt 1, S. Purdin 1, K. Stachler 1)


14-14-13-10 51 Mississinawa Valley

01-12-04-05 22 Troy Christian

Mattie Hiestand looks for a Lady Hawks shot in the team's non-conference win over Troy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
MV freshman, Taylee Woodbury brings the ball up-court for the Lady Blackhawks in Monday night win over Troy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Mississinawa Valley coach, Michael Paige looks on as his Lady Hawks down the Lady Eagles 51-22. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Hawks Alison Byram drives the baseline in MV's 29-point win over the Troy Christian Lady Eagles. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jocelyn Hoggatt drives to the hoop for Mississinawa Valley in the Lady Hawks win over Troy Christian. (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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