Tri-Village girls basketball team hands National Trail its 1st loss

By Dale Barger - For The Register-Herald

NEW MADISON — The Tri-Village Lady Patriots continued to roll on Saturday, Dec. 10, handing National Trail its first loss of the season, 62-31.

The Patriots used a suffocating defense that stymied the Lady Blazers in the first half as TV held a 16-6 first quarter lead and a 35-10 halftime advantage.

National Trail’s focus was slowing down the Patriots by disrupting their half-court offense, denying point guard Rachel Miller getting the ball and over playing senior leading scorer Allie Downing.

When you take away options, good teams take advantage of what you give; in this case it was Danika Mann. The senior poured in 14 first half points and totaled 20 to lead all scorers in the game.

National Trail held the Patriots tops two scorers, Allie Downing and Emma Printz, to only two points each in the first half

Trail adjusted at the half and attacked the Patriots’ defense to score 11 points, the Blazers’ best offensive quarter of the game.

The Patriots got six points inside by Mann and five outside from Downing to go up 50-21.

Makena Laird and Evan Byrd led the way for Trail with 10 points apiece, followed by Payten Laird’s five. Savanna Abner added four and Haley Baker tossed in two. The Lady Blazers (3-1, 0-1) were scheduled to return to action Tuesday, Dec. 13, against Franklin-Monroe in another CCC match-up.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Lady Blazers continued their hot start to the 2016-17 season with a convincing 65-34 victory over Northridge. The victory moved the team to 3-0 on the young season.

After a sluggish start and cold shooting first half, the team found some focus on the offensive end and starting seeing shots fall from everywhere on the floor, according to Trail coach Troy Ferguson.

Payten Laird led the second half charge scoring 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half. Abner poured in 13. Makena Laird and Davlyn Werner added 11 and seven points respectively. Evan Byrd added six, JaLynn Byrd five, and Kelsey Patrum four.

By Dale Barger

For The Register-Herald