ANSONIA – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots defeated the Ansonia Lady Tigers 80-27 in a Thursday night CCC match-up.
“We were hitting shots from the perimeter – threes, we were hitting pretty well,” said Tri-Village coach Brad Gray. “Our post players had good games. They went and got extra opportunities.”
“I thought our transition game was good, so it was a complete team game,” Gray added. “I felt like all of our kids that we need to score, scored the ball and scored it pretty well.”
“We can play but we let things get away from us too early and then it was all downhill from there,” said Ansonia coach Jim Bolin. “We rushed our shots.”
The Lady Tigers played even with the visiting Lady Patriots most of the first half of the opening period with the teams tied at 10-10 with 4:28 showing on the first quarter clock.
Tri-Village closed out first quarter play on a 13-1 run to lead 23-11 with one period in the book led by eight Meghan Downing points and two Lissa Siler three pointers.
“Ansonia came out and pushed us,” noted Gray. “It was 10-10 about half way through the first quarter. “They played really well – they hit shots, they did a lot of good things. They had us kind of playing out of sorts a little bit so I give credit to them.”
The Lady Patriots used eight Maddie Downing points including 4-4 at the line to push their lead to 41-16 with the teams heading to the break taking period No. 2 by an 18-5 score.
The Lady Tigers opened third quarter play on a 5-1 run before TV battle back with Siler having the hot hand for the Lady Patriots knocking down three triples and a bucket for 11-points with Tri-Village taking the period 23-7 to extend its lead to 67-24 with one quarter to play.
“Ansonia started the third quarter the same way,” Gray said. “They open up the third quarter 5-1 against us, so they had two stretches where they really had us on our heels and doing some things that had us struggling a little bit so give credit to them.”
The Tri-Village girls took the final quarter 13-3 with Coach Gray pulling his entire starting five halfway through the period.
“We had a tough time on the boards tonight,” said Coach Bolin. “They have the two big girls and you have two outstanding shooters on the perimeter too, so it’s a double whammy for us.”
“I thought our kids played well throughout most of the game,” concluded Coach Gray.
Meghan Downing’s 21-points and Maddie Downing with 20-points led Tri-Village and all scorers in the game.
PHOTO CAPTION: Maddie Downing scores two of her 20-points for the Lady Patriots in win over Ansonia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)