Meghan Downing scores 2 of her game high 17 points in regional game with Cincinnati Country Day. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Patriots fall in Regional Finals

Tri-Village Lady Patriots come up short in Regional Championship game with Cincinnati Country Day

VANDALIA – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots dropped a 54-44 regional final game to the Cincinnati Country Day Lady Nighthawks to bow out of the OHSAA DIV girls 2021-2022 basketball tournament.

“Our kids have busted their tails and they won a lot of big games,” said Tri-Village coach, Brad Gray. “More often than not we are a quality basketball team.”

“Our kids have put a lot of time in and I’m proud of them for doing that and doing something that has meaning – this has meaning for them,” Gray continued. “When you’re doing something you’re passionate about you can appreciate the effort that goes into it and that is what I appreciate about this group of kids.”

Country Day took an early 11-10 lead after one quarter of play and stretched its lead to 3 points at the break taking the second period 18-16 for a 29-26 halftime lead.

“We struggled to matchup with them defensively,” Gray said. “I though offensively we could have been a little bit better but what they do defensively too is really tough to counter. The pressure they are able to put on and get away with it like they were today, it makes it more difficult.”

Period No. 3 had the Lady Nighthawks putting 17 points on the board while limiting Tri-Village to 8 points sending the game to the final quarter with Country Day leading 46-34.

“To their credit, they play the game the way it is being called so when they are allowed to be physical they can continue to get more and more physical,” note Gray. “They push the envelope to see where that line is and once they know where that line is they do a great job of not crossing it.”

“Defensively they know exactly how physical they can be and they play with that physicality for 32 minutes,” Gray added, “and they just wear kids down.”

The Lady Patriots fell short taking the final quarter 10-8 with the Lady Nighthawks advancing to the OHSAA DIV Final Four.
Meghan Downing led Tri-Village and all scorers with a game high 17 points.

Playing their final game for the Lady Patriots: No. 5 Molly Scantland, No. 10 Delanee Gray, No. 12 Caitlin Robison, No. 20 Meghan Downing, No. 23 Maddie Bennett and No. 30 Chloe Godown.

“This one for me is the most difficult one to date,” Coach Gray said of his seniors. “It’s a class just because of the personal connection with having a daughter (Delanee Gray) in the class – I have watched these ones more than anybody else.”

“They have a lot to be proud of,” concluded Coach Gray. “The kids are great kids and they put a lot of time and effort into it.”

BOXSCORE
CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY 54, TRI-VILLAGE 44

CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY – E. Zimmerman 16, G. Barnes 16, S. Zimmerman 8, M. Zimmerman 7, J. Moorman 4, S. Easter 3 – TOTALS 13 13-18 5 54
TRI-VILLAGE – M. Downing 17, R. Sagester 13, M. Hunt 8, T. Richards 6 – TOTALS 14 4-9 4 44

3-POINTERS
Cincinnati Country Day 5 (E. Zimmerman 3, M. Zimmerman 1, G. Burns 1)
Tri-Village 4 (R. Sagester 2, T. Richards 2)

SCORE by QUARTERS
11-18-17-08 54 Cincinnati Country Day
10-16-08-10 44 Tri-Village

Rylee Sagester hits a 3-pointer in regional final game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Morgan Hunt drives the ball up-court for the Lady Patriots in regional final game with CCD. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Torie Richards knocks down a 3-pointer for Tri-Village in regional finals game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Delanee Gray puts up a shot for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots regional finals. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Tri-Village senior, Molly Scantland takes the court for the final time in the team's regional finals game. (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 gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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