Classic in the Country

Big runs help Tri-Village run away and hide from Red Riders in 75-37 CitC win

Tri-Valley and Orrville battle in CitC opener

Undefeated Tri-Village wanted to prove to everyone at the opening game of Classic in the Country 2017 that they were worthy of being undefeated coming into this basketball extravaganza.

After falling behind early, Tri-Village turned on the jets and buried the Orrville Red Riders 75-37, proving exactly why they are considered a contender for state title in Div. IV.

Brad Gray’s Patriots crew quickly made it known that they wanted to push the issue in the game, and did so with authority.
Orrville bolted to a quick 5-0 lead to start the game to give itself some hope of coming with the undefeated Patriots.

Then Tri-Village got serious about what it wanted to accomplish.

Orrville coach Mark Alberts Sr. said they knew Tri-Village was as good as advertised, but he also felt that at the same time he felt his team helped make the score even more lopsided than it should have been.

“I didn’t think we tested them enough,” Alberts said. “Especially in the second half. I thought we let it get away from us. We didn’t dig down deep for that little extra you’ve got to have against a team like that. That was disappointing that we didn’t respond to the challenge.”

A 20-3 run through the rest of the first quarter and into the second half spotted the Patriots to a 20-8 edge. Threes by Orrville’s A’Kerryia Hawkins and Mariah Goodard got Orrville within 22-14, but Karlie Lax hit a three to push the lead back to 28-14. Again Orrville responded with scores from Lillian Suppan inside, and Tri-Village held a 33-19 edge at the half.

A 3-pointer from Shadra Hamsher got Orrville within 10 at 35-25, and that was when Red Riders’ head coach Mark Alberts Sr. decided to go to a triangle and two on Emma Printz and Allie Downing.

“I just worried about getting my teammates involved,” Prinz said of the monster run as she was face-guarded. “I don’t care who scores as long as we win.”

To say it had an adverse effect is a large understatement. The Patriots would go on a 26-2 run to run away and hide from Orrville. That run was spurred by Danika Mann and Trisa Porter. Porter consistently drove the paint and dished to wide-open teammates, Mann being the recipient of many of those dimes.

It left the Red Riders reeling and the game was never close once Tri-Village began its onslaught.

“We are still trying to search,” Alberts said of his young squad. “We are young, but this is the 13th game of the year. I thought we had a chance early, but had some missed free throws and missed shots, and we didn’t respond well. We’ve got to get more well-rounded scoring, and you simply aren’t going to beat too many teams shooting 20-percent and missing free throws like we did.”

Printz scored a game-high 20 points, with three rebounds, three assists and three steals, Downing had16 points with 14 boards, Mann matched her 13 points with 13 rebounds and freshman Porter scored 11 points, while dishing out an eye-popping 12 dimes. Porter used a penetrate-and-pass method to create a ton of assists.

“This is a fantastic atmosphere, but I want to send a message to our kids that no matter how well we played, satisfaction never won anything,” Gray said. “As soon as you’re satisfied, you’ve lost. This game fueled the fire a little bit, but I still don’t think we have played our best basketball.”

Orrville was led by Suppan’s 11 points and seven rebounds, while Goodard added eight points. Orrville shot a dismal 20 percent, making just 12-of-60 shots, while Tri-Village blistered the net to the tune of 31-of-59 for 52 percent. Mikayla Carpenter pulled down nine rebounds and Celeste Walters added six, but Tri-Village held a 42-31 rebounding advantage.

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