Meghan Downing scores for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots win over Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Patriots top Franklin Monroe

Tri-Village advances in OHSAA DIV tournament action with win over the Franklin Monroe Lady Jets

TROTWOOD – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots advance in tournament play with a 79-20 win over the Franklin Monroe Lady Jets.

The Lady Patriots raced out to a 30-2 first quarter lead paced by four Rylee Sagester 3-pointers good for 12-points, Morgan Hunt 7-points including a trey, Megan Downing 6-points in the paint, a Torie Richards triple and a Molly Scantland basket.

“I thought we played well right out of the gate,” said Tri-Village coach, Brad Gray. “Our starting group got off to a good start, played really hard, made the extra pass, we were getting great shots every possession.”

Tri-Village took the second quarter 22-6 sending the game to the break with the Lady Patriots holding a 52-8 advantage.

Hunt matched her first quarter scoring 7-points including her second trey of the night, Downing duplicated her first quarter output with 6-points in the lane, Sagester nailed her fifth 3-pointer of the first half and Richards, Maddie Bennett and Belle Black each scored a basket. The Lady Jets Olivia Sease hit her second basket of the first half and Presley Cox and Skylar Bauman each added a 2-point bucket.

“Belle Black came off the bench and gave us really good minutes tonight,” Gray noted. “That might have been her best game of the year so far.”

Period No. 3 went to the Lady Patriots 17-3 with Sagester burying three triples for 9-points and Downing and Hunt each contributed 4-points sending the game to the final period with Tri-Village up 69-11.

The Lady Patriots starting five spent the entire fourth quarter next to Coach Gray on the bench. Tri-Village got 4-points from Maddie Bennett and a 3-pointer each from Molly Scantland and Caitlin Robison to take the final period 10-9. Lila Davis scored 4-points for Franklin Monroe, Jailyah Nichols canned a trey and Presley Cox added a basket.

“It’s one of those situations where Franklin Monroe was kind of undermanned tonight,” said Coach Gray. “They had a couple kids out with injury and sickness so they came into the game shorthanded as it was. For us, we have to focus on the things you have to focus on and do the things you need to do but it was also great opportunity for some of our other kids to good minutes tonight.”

Tri-Village takes on Newton, 52-42 winners over Yellow Springs, Saturday, February 19 at Trotwood-Madison High School with a 12:30 p.m. start time.

“Hopefully we can continue to shoot it, we’re shooting it pretty well right now,” Gray said following the Thursday night win. “Hopefully we can shoot it well Saturday against a good opponent.”

Sagester led Tri-Village and all scorers with a game high 24-points, all coming from 3-point range.



TRI-VILLAGE – R. Sagester 24, M. Hunt 18, M. Downing 16, M. Bennett 6, M. Scantland 5, C. Robison 3, B. Black 2 – TOTALS 19 2-3 13 79

FRANKLIN MONROE – J. Nichols 5, P. Cox 5, O. Sease 4 L. Davis 4, S. Bauman 2 – TOTALS


Tri-Village 13 (R. Sagester 8, M. Hunt 2, M. Scantland 1, C. Robison 1, T. Richards 1)

Franklin Monroe 1 (J. Nichols 1)


30-22-17-10 79 Tri-Village

02-06-03-09 20 Franklin Monroe

Rylee Sagester drains one of her eight 3-pointers to lead Tri-Village over the Lady Jets. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Lady Patriots Morgan Hunt scores for Tri-Village in tournament win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Franklin Monroe's Skylar Bauman races the ball up-court in the Lady Jets tournament game with Tri-Village. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jaliyah Nichols drives the the Lady Jets basket in FM matchup with Tri-Village. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Maddie Bennett scores for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots tournament win over Franklin Monroe. (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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