Ian Schmitmeyer hits an Ansonia Jumper in to pace the Tigers in scoring at Twin Valley South. (Chris Tilton photo)

Tigers fall to Panthers in Second Half

Ansonia wins first half at Twin Valley South before falling to Panthers in WOAC action

WEST ALEXANDRIA – The Ansonia Tigers fought hard against the Twin Valley South Panthers – who are at the top of the conference.  They played well in the first half and had a half time lead against the Panthers who are undefeated in league play. But the Panthers battled back after the break and early in the third quarter claimed the lead for the first time and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the game. What had been a close game broke open in the last quarter as the Panthers cruised to victory 58-40.

The Tigers seemed to have the Panthers figured out in the first half. Defensively they used a zone to thwart the Panthers and offensively they were able to drive to the basket and hit some shots from about the 10-12 foot range. South used a full court man to man defense. They seemed to want to pass the ball inside and score close to the basket on offense.

The two teams battled evenly with Ansonia getting an early lead, but South was staying right on their heels to keep it close. It was 9-7 in favor of Ansonia in the first quarter, and at halftime the lead remained at 2-points 23-21.  Ansonia had lead all the way and seemed to be in a position to pull off the upset.

 “I thought we played a great first half – I thought we made a lot of improvements on the defensive end,” said Ansonia coach, Devin Limburg. “I am happy about that.”

In the second half South started trapping against the Tigers.  Both full court and in their half-court defense. They were initially able to grab some turnovers and score. In their half-court offense, the Panthers began to break down the zone and Ansonia was forced to go to a man to man defense. The Panthers offense ran through their post players as they would score 24 points on the night.

South went on an 11-2 run to start the third quarter and take the lead for good.  Trevor Hemmerich stopped the South run with a basket at the two and a half minute mark.  Ansonia had gone four minutes without scoring. Still the game remained close, after three quarters it was Ansonia 30 – South 38.

Ansonia made a push early in the fourth quarter.  Ian Schmitmeyer, Garrett Stammen, and Treadon Spence all chipped in shots to pull Ansonia within 3-points.  It was 38-41 with about five and half minutes left in the game. But South gradually pulled away and in a scenario familiar to all basketball fans, Ansonia began to foul and press late in the game. South hit their foul shots and pulled away for the victory. It was a frustrating loss, but Ansonia can take some solace that they played with a team at the top of the league for three and half quarters.

“In the second half, they went on a little run – which we knew that they would do,” Limburg stated. “We had to go to a man defense and their bigs beat up on us a little bit. I didn’t think we communicated as well when we went to the man defense. In the zone defense I thought we were talking really well. They were aggressive getting rebounds, we were not attacking the boards.”

Ansonia: Kadyn Edwards 4, Ethan Reichart 5, Trevor Hemmerich 7, Jakob Creager 2, Treadon Spence 2, Garrett Stammen 8, Ian Schmitmeyer 12.

TVS: Grant Ulrich 9, Seth Vorhis 8, Jace Thuma 5, Jandon Ankrom 13, Cole Bishop 6, Logan Clark 4, Lucas Sievering 11, P. Mershan 1.

Garrett Stammen scores for the Tigers at Twin Valley South. (Chris Tilton photo)
Trevor Hemmerich drives to the basket for Ansonia win WOAC action at South. (Chris Tilton photo)
Jakob Creager puts up a Tigers shot at Twin Valley South. (Chris Tilton photo)
Landyn Bowman launches a jumper for Ansonia in WOAC play at South. (Chris Tilton photo)
Ian Schmitmeyer scores for the Ansonia Tigers in WOAC game with TVS. (Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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