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Mississinawa Valley senior Chelsie Saintignon battles for a rebound against Yellow Springs
sophomore Brianna Ayers Saturday. The Lady Hawks got a tight fought win over the Bulldogs,
39-31, to go to the second round of sectional play. The Hawks will battle with Catholic Central
Tuesday. The Irish were 5-13 at the time of the draw. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Brookville.
Lady Hawks survive Bulldogs bite

By George Starks

BROOKVILLE- Going into sectionals, more often than not, can often resemble reality television.


Mississinawa Valley coach Rodney Saintignon was pleased when his Lady Blackhawks posted a 39-31 victory over Yellow Springs Saturday in the Hawks first round sectional game. It was a mere matter of survival.

Coming out in a man defense, the Hawks seemed to be okay, stopping the Bulldogs on offense. After that, it was a crapshoot for the Hawks in a game that started at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. With just 2:02 having elapsed off the clock, Saintignon called for time and it was obvious, he was hot.

“I thought our defense was not playing up to its potential,” Saintignon said “We had four turnovers. We weren’t being aggressive on either end and when we were aggressive, we started fouling. Getting the girls ready to play early on a Saturday morning is tough. I never did like Saturday morning games. We started sloppy and we can’t do that. I told the girls after the game that it was a win. It’s not a pretty win but it’s a win. We want to start off good but today we didn’t. We were flat.”

Trailing 9-8 after one to the Tim Barga coached Bulldogs, the Hawks got things cranked up in the second, outscoring the Dogs 11-4 in the frame, to lead 19-13 at the break.

When the final buzzer had sounded, MV saw just six players in the scorebook, one being bench player Elizabeth Livingston.

“Elizabeth has been a real strong player for us this year,” said Saintignon. “When she’s on the floor and she steps it up offensively, she’ll take a shot. Elizabeth is a great player and she definitely helped us out today. She did her role and her job and did a great job of it.”

With 21 turnovers on the books and a game that was not the best the Hawks have played this season, MV will lock horns with the Catholic Central Irish Tuesday in a 6 p.m. start.

“We will have to play much better than we did today,” Saintignon stated. “Thank God it’s an evening game and we play a little bit better in evening games. We don’t have school Monday so we will be having an early morning practice. So we need to wake up a learn to play in the mornings.”

If the Hawks get by the Irish in their second round game, the third round will be a noon start the following Saturday against the winner of the Southeastern-Newton game Tuesday night.

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