PREBLE COUNTY — Three area high school girls’ basketball teams tipped off their seasons over the Thanksgiving Holiday break.
Tri-County North hosted Twin Valley South, Northridge, and Carlisle, while Eaton traveled to Greenville.
North splits pair
LEWISBURG — Tri-County North went 1-1 during the opening weekend of the season, picking up a 46-39 win over Carlisle on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and falling to Northridge 64-38 on Friday, Nov. 24.
Trailing 39-30, North closed out the Carlisle game with a 16-0 run over the final four minutes to earn the win.
The guard duo of sophomore Bella Cherry and junior Nani Garcia did most of the damage during the final eight minutes. The duo combined for 14 of the Panthers 18 fourth-quarter points.
Cherry finished the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Garcia added 11 pins, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Senior Hannah Webster tossed in 13 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Jorand Pinion scored seven and grabbed nine rebounds.
On Friday, North had trouble with Northridge’s pressure and quickness. The Panthers shot just 29 percent from the field (14-of-48) and committed 30 turnovers.
North fell behind 10-3 after one and trailed 24-16 at the half. Northridge began the second half with a 9-0 run and eventually ended as a 14-2 run to take a 38-18 lead.
Cherry finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Nicole Lefeld added eight points and nine rebounds and Webster finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers (1-1) were scheduled to travel to Stivers on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and will host Ansonia on Thursday and Newton on Saturday.
South drops two
LEWISBURG — Twin Valley South, under the direction of second-year coach Brayden Waggoner, dropped both games at Tri-County North.
On Wednesday, South fell to Northridge 57-21. The Panthers fell behind 17-4 after one and trailed 35-8 at the half.
Kelsie Maggard and Sidnee Elswick each had six points to lead South.
On Friday, South scored just three points over the game’s final 10 minutes and fell to Carlisle 38-27.
South was within striking distance late in the third quarter, trailing 29-26 with under 10 seconds left in the quarter, but a free throw and a layup with two seconds left pushed the Carlisle lead to 32-26 by the end of the quarter.
South was still within striking distance at 34-27 with 6:11 left on a free throw by Clara Meyers but failed to score again.
Maggard led the way with seven points. Makenzie Wise tossed in six, while Elswick and Meyers each had five.
South (0-2) is scheduled to travel to Bradford on Thursday, Nov. 30 for its only game this week.
Eagles falter in second half
GREENVILLE — Trailing by just two points at the half, a youthful Eaton team faltered during the second half at Greenville on Wednesday, Nov. 22, falling to the Green Wave 72-42.
Eaton held a 15-13 lead after one quarter and was down just 28-26 at the break.
The Green Wave used a pair of 22-point quarters in the second half to pull away for the win.
Eaton shot just 32 percent (15-of-47) from the field and committed 23 turnovers on the night.
Sophomore guard Emilee Hargis paced the Eagles with 11 points, two rebounds, and two steals. Junior Olivia Orr added seven points and four rebounds.
Gracie Copper, the team’s lone senior, added six points, three rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Sydnie Stewart came off the bench and added six points, five rebounds and five assists.
Junior Charlee Ruebush contributed five points and four assists, while junior Caroline Miller added five points and four rebounds.
Eaton (0-1) was scheduled to host Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and will travel to Brookville on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Oakwood on Saturday, Dec. 2.
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