The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 10, 2014

Trail girls fall to TV

— Seeking a coveted state tournament berth, Midland Trail instead found itself on the outside looking in all evening.

Tug Valley started fast, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the opening quarter and controlling the Patriots the entire game to cruise to a 59-26 decision Wednesday in a girls Class A Region 3 co-final at Midland Trail High School.

The easy win advances the Panthers (10-12) to the state  tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

Tug Valley defeated Midland Trail 48-45 in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament on Feb. 1, but this game never resembled that one.

Trail ended its season with an 11-12 record.

“Really, we didn’t rebound the ball, and they were getting shots. They had three or four looks every time,” said Midland Trail coach Matt Harper. “We couldn’t get over the hump all night long. And we shot 21 percent again.”

Finding openings in the Trail interior defense and scoring in transition, the visiting Panthers took a 15-4 lead on Adreanna Vance’s drive with about a minute left in the first period.

Midland Trail’s Jesika Cooper stole the ball and converted on the other end to pull the Patriots to within nine, 21-12, with 2:00 left in the first half.

The Panthers, however, closed later with a flourish, getting  two points each from Elizabeth Dotson and Katie Robinson — the latter on a steal in the final second — to carry a 31-15 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Tug Valley maintained its pace in the second half. Inside force Hannah Armstrong scored on a putback at the outset of the third frame, igniting a 10-0 spurt that put the game further out of reach.

Tug Valley coach Maxine Colegrove credited the win to “focused defense.”

“We played with defense and confidence,” she said. “They played 32 minutes of basketball and that’s what we asked for.”

“I thought we’d be more ready,” said Harper. “They’re a good team, but not (that much) better.”

Armstrong finished with 18 points and six rebounds to lead Tug Valley. Vance contributed 13 points and seven boards, and Taylor Parsley added eight points and nine rebounds.

Madison Syner led the Patriots with eight  points.

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Tug Valley (10-12)

Adreanna Vance 5 3-4 13, Paeton Marcum 1 0-0 2, Taylor Parsley 4 0-0 8, Emily Baisden 3 0-0 6, Savannah Wilson 1 0-2 2, Hannah Armstrong 9 0-4 18, Katie Robinson 3 0-0 6. Madison May 1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Dotson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 3-12 59.

Midland Trail (11-12)

Abby Sevy 1 0-0 3, Makenna Nickell 1 0-0 2, Jesika Cooper 2 1-6 5, Emily Carte 1 0-0 2, Marissa Workman 2 0-0 4, Madison Syner 2 4-8 8, Emily Keeney 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 5-14 26.

TV    15  16    18    10    —    59

MT    6    9    5    6    —-    26

3-point goals — TV: None. MT: 2 (Sevy). Fouled out — none

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