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Teha Richards unloads a shot from outside during second half action of the Lady
Patriots sectional opener against Jefferson. Tri-Village had no problem with the
winless Broncos, winning 90-31. Richards netted 12 in the Patriots cause.
CNO photos by Dale Barger, tvpatriots.com
 
Broncos provide no kick as Tri-Village rolls

Linkous led the way with 36 points
By George Starks

BROOKVILLE- The Tri-Village Lady Patriots was able to put things in cruise control early Saturday.

After a rocky first quarter, that was less than impressive in the eyes of Patriots coach Brad Grey, the girls from Tri-Village rolled to a 90-31 first round sectional win over Jefferson Saturday.

“We knew coming in that Jefferson was a team that had its struggles this year,” said the Patriots coach. “Our intent coming in was to challenge ourselves. We knew we were playing ourselves in this game so we had to come up with some challenges we had to meet. Some of them we did, some we didn’t. In games like this, you have to find ways to stay motivated and we did not come out at the beginning of the game like a motivated basketball team.”

Despite winning by a huge margin, 59 points, and putting three in double figures scoring wise, one with a double-double, that being senior Kayla Linkous with 36 points and 15 rebounds and all 10 players getting into the scoring column, Grey was not a happy camper going into the locker room at the break, leading 45-8, with 16 minutes left to play.

“We came out and we weren’t focused,” said Grey. “We had too many turnovers (eight) in the first quarter. I called the timeout and that didn’t help. They didn’t respond, so I sat them all for the remainder of the quarter. When they came in for the second quarter, there was a change.”

It was a completely different look from the Patriots to start the second eight minutes and it didn’t take the Pats long to get things turned around.

Holding a 16-6 lead after one, the Patriots turned up the defensive intensity in the second, holding the Broncos to a mere two points while putting up 29 points of their own.

In the process, the Pats had just two turnovers in the frame and that’s what Grey wanted to see more than anything.

“I don’t like sitting my starters like that because I do have a veteran team but when they came in for that second quarter, there was a little more fire,” Gray said. “There may be only one senior on the roster but this is a veteran team we have out there. These kids have been through a lot of big time basketball games the last few years and for me to have to call a timeout, number one and to sit them, number two, to get them to respond, I think is unacceptable. I think they thought it was unacceptable too and they responded in the second and third quarter.”

By the end of the first half, it was all over but the shouting. At the end of the third stanza, the only thing left to be determined was the final score as the Patriots were up 78-20.

While it looked like Grey was running up the score on a very inferior team, he wasn’t.

The Patriots coach was doing everything in his power to stop the Broncos bleeding, clearing the bench often late in the game even though it was obvious the Broncos were getting frustrated with the way things were going.

Playing all 10 of his kids, Grey could not have done anything more but try to keep his kids focused.

“The coach in me says it shouldn’t be hard to keep my team focused with a big lead at the half,” Grey said. “I’m not looking at the scoreboard but trying to get them to play little two minute series of games. As a kid playing in games like this, it was easy for me to get a little bit off task and not be as focused as you should be. I don’t want to use that as a crutch or an excuse. Our kids have to come ready to play every night.”

On defense, the Patriots employed a 2-3 full court zone trap that caused 29 turnovers in the first half.

“Once we started to play a little defense, they (Jefferson) had a hard time with it,” Grey admitted. “Before we started playing that defense, we were allowing them to bring the ball up the floor in the first quarter. When we sat down in the second quarter and started guarding people on defense, then the press was working. We have a lot of team quickness and when our kids are guarding people and playing defense the way they are capable, a lot of teams have problems.”

Now, the Patriots will look to another team, Bethel, on Thursday, a team with only two wins this season.

“I have a tape on them from recently and I will look at it to see if they have changed anything from when we played them earlier this season,” Grey said. “They are a diamond press team that drops back into a 1-2-2 zone and I really don’t expect that to have changed but it could have, who knows.”

Tri-Village will tip-off against the Bees at 6 p.m. Thursday. Bethel was 2-16 at the time of the draw.

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Tri-Village’s Heather Ferris gets two of her four points as
Dylian Moon attempts to block the shot from behind.
 

 
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