The Lady Patriots picked up two wins over two state ranked teams over the weekend in tournament play. (Dale Barger Photo)

Lady Patriots Get 2 Big Tournament Wins Over MLK Weekend

KETTERING – The Tri-Village girls played in two prestigious tournaments over the weekend and came away with impressive wins.  Saturday they took down undefeated Bellbrook the #4 team in Division I by the score of 67-37 at “Flyin to the Hoop”.  

On Monday they played at the “Classic in the Country” one of Ohio’s premier girls’ tournaments at Berlin high school and came away with a 55-30 win over DIV Waterford who was the #6 ranked team in the state.

At Flyin to the Hoop Tri-Village held two leads of 8 points only to see Bellbrook battle back both times with the Eagles tying the game at 16 but it was the last time the Eagles would challenge the Patriots in the game.

Tri-Village held a 16-13 lead after one quarter and 36-20 at the half.  Meghan Downing led the Patriots with her defense and play in the paint scoring 11 points and Rylee Sagester added 10 for the Patriots.

Bellbrook was able to keep pace in the 3rd quarter, but the Patriots outscored them 13-9 and in the final stanza the Patriots added 19 more for the 30-point win 67-37 stunning the Eagles.

Rylee Sagester had 18 points, 5 assist, Meghan Downing 17 pts, 11 reb, 6 blks,, Morgan Hunt 14 points and Torie Richards 12 in the win.

We followed the game plan well today coach Gray would say after the game by focusing on three things.

“We will not give up transition buckets, I thought we did an excellent job of that because they are really, really good in transition. I said going into this game they were one of the better teams I’ve ever coached against in transition. They were they were scary. They were scary on film, with transition. 

The second thing was, we couldn’t commit any live ball turnovers which kind of goes hand in hand with not letting them get out of transition

And the third thing was not to allow any catch and shoot threes from #4 and #10.  I’m not sure either one of those girls even got a three pointer off. Yeah,  so we did a great of not allowing those kids to even get a three, let alone a catch and shoot three opportunity which was huge for us.  

I thought the kid who came up big for us was Meghan Downing in the first half she really set the tone for us and is playing with a lot of confidence right now. That’s huge for us as we continue to go through the season because we need her playing with a lot of confidence,” Gray praised.

The Patriots confidence continued right into their game with Waterford in Berlin, Ohio.  

It was a close game after one quarter with TV up 11-8 but they stretched it out by doubling up Waterford 20-10 in the 2nd quarter for a 31-18 lead at the break

The Patriots defense continues to get better as they held Waterford to just 9 points in the second half to go on to win the game 55-30..

Rylee Sagester led with 22 points, Morgan Hunt 15 points, Meghan Downing 11 points, 10 rebounds and Delanee Gray had 4 assists.

“It’s was a great weekend as we traveled across the state, and we still have two big games left this week on the road at Bradford and Minster.  It’s been an intentional thing for us to put our girls in uncomfortable situations against some of the best competition to see how we respond and so far they are doing just that,” Gray concluded.

Ryle Sagester had 40 points over the weekend in two big time tournament games to lead the Patriots in scoring. (Dale Barger Photo)
Meghan Downing had a great weekend picking up 22 rebounds,12 blocked shots and 28 points and is playing with great confidence. (Dale Barger Photo)
Morgan Hunt put together a solid all-around game for TV tournament play scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assist and 5 steals. (Dale Barger Photo)
Torie Richards defense was stellar over the two days shutting down top scoring guards in tournament plays. She also added 15 points, 6 assist and 4 steals.
Delanee Gray hit a few timely triples to keep the defenses on their toes as the PATS won two big games over the weekends. (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 dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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