The young Twin Valley South Lady Panthers are still searching for their first win of the season. The team played their best game this week against Milton Union. But against league rival Tri-County North, the squad was flat and just were not able to generate very much offense. Meanwhile North’s offense was in high gear and won pulling away.
Against West Milton the team had a bad first quarter. But recovered somewhat in the second half and played even with the Bulldogs. But the damage had been done and South wasn’t able to make any sort of a run finally going down 55-40. Senior Kacy Bolton lead Panther scoring with 13 points and Hailey Keener was also in double figures with 11. Others scoring for the team: Megan Wright 2, Madison Wright 6, Emily Hutchings 3, Sydney Vorhis 5. Against North the team did not score in double figures in any quarter – falling 61-24. Hailey Keener lead South with 10 points, continuing her streak of games where she has scored at least 10 or more.
“Against West Milton we just turned the ball over too much in the first quarter.” Stated coach Mabry after the game, “The rest of the game we kind of came alive a little bit and fought back. We cut down their momentum but just never could get back to a reasonable point where we had a real shot at mounting a comeback. It’s a young team and they threw some stuff at the girls that they were not expecting and when you’re young and inexperienced it takes a while for them to adjust – they are still learning. And Bolton had a good game points wise, it was one of her better shooting games.”
The North game, “I don’t think we were ready to play. We came out with no energy, we fell behind and couldn’t get anything flowing at all. They pressed us, but we seemed to handle that. But we really didn’t execute anything at the half court offensively. And on defense we seemed to be a step slow.”
Looking forward, “Sarah Bingham is back – at least part time from her injury. So that is going to help with numbers, the girls basically have to play two games in one night [Junior Varsity and Varsity]. The bench is being squeezed, there are some quarters where I do not have a sub because the girls on the bench have no more quarters to give. But this coming week we have Preble Shawnee and then Jefferson on Saturday and both of them have Varsity only. That will help me with rotations and keeping girls fresh.”