Tri-Village senior Caitlin Robison knocks down a mid-range shot in the Patriots sectional final win over Newton. (Dale Barger Photo)

Lady Patriots Advance To District Finals

TROTWOOD – The Tri-Village girls basketball jumped ahead of Newton early with the long ball then pounded the middle for good measure while playing solid defense and controlling the glass for a 73-29 win over the Indians in the OHSAA DIV Trotwood Sectional Final.

The Patriots came out firing with Rylee Sagester connecting on triple trifectas and Delanee Gray adding 3 of them in the first half as well.  TV let Newton 28-7 after the 1st quarter.

They pounded the ball inside in the second quarter to Meghan Downing who scored 15 of her game high 23 points in the frame as the Patriots went up 51-11 at the half.

The Lady Indians was coming off hard fought upset win over Yellow Springs just a few short days ago and legs looked a bit tired, and shots weren’t falling scoring just 2 points in the 3rd period.

In the final stanza the Indians outscored Tri-Village 16-7 … but the Patriots would win the game 73-29.

Downing led all scorers with 23, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.  Rylee Sagester had 15 points, Morgan Hunt 14 and Delanee Gray 9 for Tri-Village.

The Indians were led by Reese Hess with 14 and Mercedes Craig with 8.  Newton senior Camryn Gleason career came to an end, but she would end up being the 5th leading scorer in Newton girls’ basketball with 835 career points.

Tri-Village improves to 23-2 on the year and in the final DIV Girls AP Poll they would find themselves ranked 2nd in the state behind #1 Fort Loramie.

The Patriots will play Fayetteville-Perry at 11am Saturday for the District Final game at Troy High School.

Senior Delanee Gray connected on 3 1st half triples in win over Newton. (Dale Barger Photo)
Rylee Sagester also had a trifecta in triples and 15 points in win over the Indians. (Dale Barger Photo)
Senior Meghan Downing led all scorers with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for sectional final win. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Bella Black lines up the corner three for the Patriots who defeated Newton 72-29 to move into the District Final Game.
Jr. Morgan Hunt had 14 points and 9 assists in win over Newton. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at

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