Panthers rally for third win

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

WEST ALEXANDRIA —Twin Valley South’s girls’ basketball team overcame a 16-point, first-quarter, deficit to beat Middletown Christian in overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 17, for its third win of the season.

The Panthers, who allowed 30 points in the first quarter, also trailed by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter before rallying for a 75-71 win.

Junior Mylan Crews paced the Panthers with 25 point and seven steals, while junior Kelsie Shafer added 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Madison Johnson tallied 13 points with including knocking down three 3-point shots.

South cut the 30-14 first quarter margin to 37-31 by halftime and trailed just 51-46 heading into the final quarter, where they outscored MC 19-14 to force overtime. In the overtime, South outscored the Eagles 9-5.

On Thursday, South fell to Newton, 65-23. Crews led the Panthers with seven points.

South fell behind 18-6 after the opening quarter and never recovered. The Panthers trailed 36-11 at the half and 52-17 after three quarters.

The Panthers closed out the week with a 46-42 loss at Bradford on Saturday. The Railroaders’ Mandi Bates proved to be too much for South, scoring a game-high 30 points.

Crews and Shafer led the Panther offense, scoring 14 and 10 points respectively.

The Panthers held a 9-8 lead after one and trailed 19-18 at the half. Bradford took a 29-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

South (3-11) was scheduled to play Brookville on Monday, Jan. 23. The Panthers will travel to Tri-Village on Thursday and play at Preble Shawnee on Saturday as part of an all-day boys/girls marathon. The varsity girls are schedule to tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the boys to follow.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

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