TCHS Loses Sectionals, But Advances to Regionals
The Lady Knights suffered a huge loss to state-ranked and No. 1 seed St. Marys last week in the Region 1, Section 2 championship game at New Martinsville when they fell 86-40 to the hotshooting Blue Devils.
However, another chance awaits them as they advance in the loser bracket to face the Section 1 champion, Weirton Madonna, tonight in Weirton with a berth to the state tournament in Charleston on the line.
Behind the solid playing skills of senior Ashley Hall and Jenna Nichols, the Blue Devils proved to be too much for the Silver Knights who had knocked a good Valley team from the tournament two days earlier with a solid performance.
The Lady Knights started the game with some good shooting and were tied at nine apiece before they went stone cold. St. Marys got hot and rattled off 13 straight to go up 22-9 forcing a Tyler time out. By the end of the first quarter, the Blue Devils held a 12 point lead that was extended 18 points more at the half with a 42-24 score.
St. Marys was a step faster as the Knights quickly got into foul trouble and were unable to play as aggressively as they would have liked. The Blue Devils took advantage at the line hitting 23-28 on the night. The foul problem led to numerous fast breaks and easy points around the basket as the Knights were unable to defend the way they would have liked. They also had to sub much sooner than anticipated and St. Marys took advantage.
Tyler senior sparkplug Katelyn Gogan scored a team – high 13 points and was aided by 10 markers by freshman Josie Jones. Jones knocked down three’s and Gogan had four steals and three rebounds.
Lady Knights Knock Lumberjills out of Sectionals
Coach Cathy Boggs used a pressure defense and an effective full-court press to force Valley into 20 turnovers and send the Lady Knights into the sectional final against St. Marys. The Lady Knights also had 45 rebounds for the night with Vanessa Templeton grabbing 20 and Ariel Fish 10 to hold the LumberJills at bay. The Knights handed out 17 assists with Gogan and Amanda Reynolds dishing out four each.
Templeton, a junior forward, had the hot hand all night as she scored 21 points including two threes to go along with her all around game.
Freshman sensation Jones, who came up with a big steal and breakaway layup after Valley had cut the lead from 13 to six in the third quarter, was also on her game as she went nine for 16 from the floor and ended with 20 points to back up Templeton.
The Silver Knights took a 12-point lead into the fourth and held on to come away with the 10-point win 77-67. Senior Ariel Fish used a variety of inside moves to get some easy buckets and finished the night with 15. Tyler shot just 50 percent from the line going 15-30 but shot 45 percent from the floor.
Freshman Peyton Kocher had four points on the night which included a big three coming off the bench as Valley was making a run and had the game down to four. Gogan ended with four and Aleah Black tallied two.
Valley’s Sophie Palmer, a sophomore guard, finished with a game high 27 points, which included five threes while Erin Brown put up 21 on the scoreboard. Valley finished its season at 15-8 while Tyler Consolidated improved to 13-10 to move into the sectional final against St. Mary’s.