TV Rylee Sagester drops one of her 5 triples in win over Mississinawa Valley to open up WOAC League Play. (Dale Barger Photo)

Tri-Village Opens WOAC Play In Win Over Mississinawa

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village girls basketball team jumped out to a 24-3 first quarter lead on Mississinawa Valley and never looked back on the way to a 51-28 win in a Western Ohio Athletic Conference match-up.

It’s not often a small DIV school two division one colleges in the stands taking in a game.  On-hand was Marshall University Head Coach Tony Kemper and two of his assistants showing their support for junior Rylee Sagester who recently verbally committed to Division 1 school in Huntington, West Virginia.

Sagester is a three-point sharpshooter and is nearing 200 for her career and will be looking to bolster the Thundering Herd in that category.

Also, on-hand was Assistant Coach Megan Leuzinger from Wright State with a keen interest in the all-around athletic play of Morgan Hunt. 

The Patriots were led in scoring by Sagester with 19 points including 5 triples; Morgan Hunt had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists; Meghan Downing had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and Tori Richards had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the win.

Mississinawa Valley was led in scoring Brenna Price with 7 points.

The Blackhawks have a few veteran seniors in Mattie Hiestand, Kennedy Stachler, Madison Townsend and Alison Byram mixed in with a few younger players had a successful start to their season. 

They defeated Sidney Lehman 55-32 and was led by Hiestand with 15 points followed by Jocelyn Hoggatt and Brenna Price each scoring 10 in the game. 

The Hawks stand at 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference.

Tri-Village opened the season last Saturday playing Cincinnati Country Day and dug themselves a 15-point deficit in the first half.  The Patriots rallied in the second half but came up short falling to Country Day 56-54.  

The Patriots are now 1-1 overall on the year and 1-0 in WOAC Play.

Sophomore Brenna Price scores two of her team leading 7 points in game vs Tri-Village. (Dale Barger Photo)
TV Meghan Downing pulls in one of her 9 rebounds, she also had 4 blocks and 10 points in win over the Blackhawks. (Dale Barger Photo)
Freshman Syenna Purdin puts up a running jumper for a bucket in the second half in game vs. Tri-Village. (Dale Barger Photo)
Junior Morgan Hunt goes in for two of her 12 points in win over Mississinawa Valley. (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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