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Mississinawa Valley senior Mallory Livingston brings the ball up the floor in a recent
game against Yellow Springs. Livingston netted 11 points and had 1 rebounds Tuesday
against Catholic Central in round two of sectional play at Brookville. The Hawks lost
the game 45-29 and was eliminated from tournament play. MV ends its season at 11-11
overall. CNO File Photo by George Starks
 
Lady Hawks bow out

By George Starks

Brookville- When it comes to tournament play, a team’s record means nothing. Case in point.

Springfield Catholic Central of the Ohio Heritage Conference, came into Tuesday’s with Mississinawa Valley with a 5-15 mark. On the flip side, the Lady Hawks, Cross County Conference, was sporting an 11-10 mark.

At one point, MV was riding a six game winning streak during the season. More wins there than the Irish had overall.

There were two things Mississinawa Valley needed to have.

1. Very few turnovers.

Before the start of the game between Mississinawa Valley and Catholic Central Tuesday, Lady Hawks coach Rodney Saintignon said that a big key to beating the Irish was being able to protect the ball. That didn’t happen.

If there has been one thing that has been an Achilles heal for the Hawks this season it’s been turnovers. After committing over 20 turnovers Saturday in a 39-31 victory over Yellow Springs, Tuesday, the Hawks had 19 against the Irish. The difference being Catholic Central was able to take advantage of the Hawks mistakes where the Bulldogs didn’t.

2. On several occasions in those 11 wins, Saintignon watched his kids use a huge third or fourth quarter scoring blitz to overpower other teams. That never happened either.

Trailing 16-15 at the break, Catholic Central held the Hawks to just six third quarter points. Only scoring 10, the Irish defense held strong and Catholic Central was up 26-21 after three quarters of play.

Mississinawa Valley went on a 4-1 spurt in the first 46 seconds of the final frame, closing the gap to a 27-25 deficit. At that point, it was a game that belonged to the Irish.

Catholic Central held the Hawks scoreless until the 1:12 point of the game. In that time, the Irish put up just 12 points but by the time Mississinawa Valley was able to get the lid off the bucket, Catholic Central was up 39-25.

In her final game as a Hawk, Mallory Livingston netted 11 points and had a like number of rebounds. Livingston was the only player from MV in double figures.

The Irish put three in double figures, led by Taylor Johnson with 16, Marina Lyons 14 and 11 points from Paige Lewis.

Mississinawa Valley ends it season at 11-11, 6-6 in conference play.



 
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