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
CNO File Photo by George Starks
Lady Hawks bow
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
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
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.