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.