The Tri-VIllage Girls Basketball Team defeated Fayetteville Perry in the district finals 77-27 to win their 6th straight district title. They advance to OHSAA DIV Regional Tournament and will play Danville. (Dale Barger Photo)

Lady Patriots Win District Advances to Regionals

TROY – The Tri-Village girls basketball team overwhelmed Fayetteville-Perry in their OHSAA DIV Southwest District match-up jumping out front 34-3 in the opening frame and never looked back on their way to a 77-27 win to earn their 6th straight district championship.

Tri-Village led by 12 before the Rockets made a free throw in the contest.  The Patriots were launching from long range with Rylee Sagester knocking down 5 triples in the opening frame along with 2 from Delanee Gray and 1 by Bella Black for 24 of their 34 points in the 1st quarter.

Sagester added another triple in the 2nd quarter giving her 6 for the game and 22 points by half-time and all but shutting it down for the rest of the game.  Morgan Hunt scored 10 points in the 2nd and the Patriots continued to clamp down defensively with Meghan Downing locking down the paint with 9 blocked shots.  TV led 53-9 at the break.

Downing is averaging 5.2 blocks per game this year and has 125 blocks this season and 305 in her career. Those numbers are noteworthy because they place her in a premium category in OHSAA State record books for blocks in a season and career.

In the 3rd quarter Delanee Gray added her 3rd triple and Torie Richards landed 2 treys as well extending the lead to 68-14.  

It was a running clock the entire second half, but the Rockets would have their best offensive output in the final stanza scoring 13 points.

TV went on to win the game 77-27 with the right to move on to the Regional Semi-Finals.  

Rylee Sagester led all scorers with 22 points, 3 assists, Morgan Hunt 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, Torie Richards 12 points, 3 assists, Delanee Gray 9 points, Meghan Downing 8 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 blocked shots.  Other scorers Bella Black 4, Molly Scantland 3, Maddie Bennett and Chloe Godown each had 2 points.

Tri-Village knocked down 13 triples in the game and was 56% beyond the arch and 63% overall from the field. 

Fayetteville Perry fell to 14-11 overall.  

Next up for Tri-Village is 20-5 Danville who defeated Fisher Catholic 41-39 in their District final.  It was the 16thDistrict Title and 2nd in 3 years for Danville who is led by left-hander Brooklyn Hess at 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and Ella Proper the coach’s daughter at 11.4 points per game.  

Danville is off St. Rt. 36 Northeast of Columbus; they’ll have to travel to Vandalia Butler High School on Thursday March 3rd for a 6pm match-up with the Patriots.

Rylee Sagester connected on 5 triples in 1st quarter and 22 1st half points in win over the Rockets. (Dale Barger Photo)
Senior Chloe Godown scored in the middle of the trees late in the game. (Dale Barger Photo)
Delanee Gray connected on 3 triples; The Patriots made 13 in the game in win over Fayetteville Perry. (Dale Barger Photo)
Jr. Guard Tori Richards had 12 points in win over Fayetteville Perry. (Dale Barger Photo)
Morgan Hunt was good for 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in win over Fayetteville Perry. (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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