Pressure Cooker. Sarah Vevante of the Family School.
Story and photos by Ted Waddell
GRAHAMSVILLE – You know it’s going to be a tough road to hoe when the other team scores 26 points in the first frame and you post zero.
The Lady Bears of Tri-Valley defeated the Family Foundation Lady Falcons 61-32 in Monday night’s girl’s non-league varsity basketball game.
The home team blistered their opponents 26-0 in the opening frame, and at that point the Lady Bears coach started sending in the subs to spell his starting five, who he said got about 8-10 minutes of time on the floor during the 32-minutes of high school hoops.
The Family School put their firs points on the scoreboard from the free throw line early in the second period.
Tri-Valley outshot the Lady Falcons in the first three periods (26-0, 16-11, 10-9) until the final frame during which the Family School edged the Lady Bears by a point (12-11).
A couple of Lady Bears reached into double figures: Jakki Pugh (14 points) and Allyson Bowers (11 points).
For the Lady Falcons is was Nadine Nixon with 16-pointing including a ‘three’, while Candice Maisel and Sarah Vevante each added a ‘three’ from beyond the paint.
“The score doesn’t really indicate how ell we played,” said Carlton Williams, coach of the Lady Falcons (1-7 overall, 0-3 league). “We played a lot better than we did in our last game…I think we’re going to surprise a few people before the season’s over.”
Andy Taggart, coach of the Lady Bears (7-3 overall, 3-0 league) aid his players came out with “some high intensity, and played really well early…the girls moved the ball really well in the first period.”
“They looked for the open girl, found her and we had a lot of easy baskets.”
Reflecting on the remaining three frames, Taggart said, “We just settled in and tried to slow things down and play some offense, it was a good team effort tonight.”