Lady Braves double up Lady Trojans

Ron Miller The Daily Jeffersonian Published:

GNADENHUTTEN -- With four players scoring in double figures, the host Indian Valley Lady Braves doubled up on the visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans by a 70-35 count in the lid-lifter for both teams Saturday afternoon.

It didn't take long for the outcome to become obvious as the Lady Braves reeled off seven unanswered point to open the initial quarter. After Newcomerstown cut the difference to 7-3, Indian Valley poured in 15 unanswered points the remainder of the frame to post a commanding 22-3 score and never looked back.

Scoreless in the first, Newcomerstown's Allie Hinton scored nine of the Lady Trojans' 11 points the second round as Indian Valley (1-0) outscored the visitors 16-11 to take a 38-14 advantage to the halftime break.

Hinton accounted for 24 of Newcomerstown's 35 points canning five field goals (two threes) and adding a near perfect 12-of-13 from the foul line.

She kept the Lady Trojans close the third stanza scoring all 11 of the visitors points as the Lady Braves padded the lead with a 15-point quarter to carry a commanding 53-25 edge to the final quarter. Unfortunately, Indian Valley lost the services of sophomore Sydney Kandray during the round suffering a back injury following a collision.

With Indian Valley coach Randy Emler emptying the bench in the last frame, the Lady Braves still managed a 17-10 scoring advantage during the round to provide the 70-35 final.

Emler got double-digit performances from Emily Baker with 19 points, Paige Saho with 14, Courtney Emler with 13 and Brittani Garbrandt off the bench with 12 points, including a trio of threes. Saho, despite not being big in stature, continued her torrid rebounding pace after setting the school record last year in rebounding as she pulled down 19 Saturday.

"I am very pleased to have four players score in double figures in the first game," Emler stated. "We have to have Saho on the floor all the time because she just has a nose for the ball. We worked hard all summer on shooting because we knew we were going to face a lot of zones which we did today.

"We need to fine tune our offense against a zone and we didn't do that well today," he added. "Garbrandt came off the bench and played well . The people I count on really stepped up. We need Kandray because she does so many things well."

The rebounding, providing second and third opportunities, combined with 22 turnovers by the Lady Trojans made a big difference in the contest.

"We want to play quick," Newcomerstown coach Tripp Hisrich said, "but we tend to play fast and rush ourselves. We can't afford to turn it into a track meet and they (IV) probably got half their points off transition either turnovers or rebounds. We don't have the personnel to put a lot of pressure on people, but we have to be in position to rebound and box out. We have to limit the second-chance shots.

"We expect Hinton to score after she averaged 17 (ppg) last year," he added. "We are not near close to where we want to be as far as balance, but we had some others that stepped up and shot the ball today."

Indian Valley shot a sizzling 51.8 percent (28-of-54) from the field and added 9-of-15 from the foul line. Newcomerstown (0-1) connected on just 8-of-42 floor shots for 19 percent, but made up part of the difference from the charity stripe hitting 17-of-21 attempts.

Following Hinton in scoring for the Lady Trojans was Karlee Peach with six, while Paige McMullen added three points.

Indian Valley posted a 40-30 rebounding advantage led by Saho with Abbie Rentsch adding five boards. Hinton also paced Newcomerstown on the glass with nine boards with Peach adding seven caroms.

"We need to work on our weak-side rebounding," Emler said. "It has to get better. We box out well, but don't always hold the seals real well."

NEXT -- Newcomerstown hosts Garaway Wednesday in the Inter-Valley Conference and home opener. Indian Valley entertains an improved Coshocton team Wednesday. Junior Varsity tipoff for both is 6 p.m.

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