Andrew Wilcox scores in the paint for Tri-Village Tuesday
The Patriots rolled over the Buccs, 65-30 in Cross
County Conference action.
CNO Photo by Danny Stockton,
Patriots sink Buccs
Pipenger has stellar game
By George Starks
NEW MADISON - Tri-Village junior Kyle Pipenger put on a scoring clinic
Tuesday night at The Battleground against Cross County Conference rival
Pipenger put on a first quarter clinic, scoring 11 of the Patriots 17
points and 23 total on the night as Tri-Village put a 65-30, Cross
County Conference thumping on Covington.
Right from the start, Pipenger set the tone for the rest of the team.
“He was hot right from the beginning,” said Patriots coach Josh
Sagester. “He was extremely focused but I thought all of our guys were
focused tonight. This was probably the most focused we’ve been since
the first game of the Holiday Tournament. I though we put four quarters
On defense, Covington did everything it could to keep the Patriots off
“I think they threw everything and the kitchen sink at us tonight,”
said Sagester. “They played zone, a little man, box in one and
tri-angle and two. They went to a switching man and they played a
straight man. I thought our kids were poised and we got some solid
contributions across the board.”
When the Buccs were watching Pipenger on defense, the Patriots had the
answer on offense.
“We work on our high-low game everyday in practice,” Sagester said. “It
was nice to see our bigs working together. For us to get these kind of
points in the paint. That’s a pretty big thing for us.”
Junior Tyler Cook hit for double figures with 10 points and 10 rebounds
for the Pats and junior Haedon Schlechty made his presence known with
eight points for Tri-Village.
“He was very big tonight,” Sagester pointed out. “He’s been a fireplug
for us all season off the bench defensively and on offense, he’s coming
along. I thought he showed some maturity tonight. He came in the game
and they went to the tri-angle. He passed up the first couple of shots
trying to get in the flow of the game. He made a couple of passes
trying to get some guys involved, then he hit a shot or two”
The win was a total team effort that was displayed by the Patriots.
At 6-6, junior Andrew Wilcox may not be the leading scorer but he is
someone that brings the Pats energy level up.
“His stats may not be noticed by everyone but he comes in, gets
rebounds, blocks shots, gets loose balls and finishes up around the
rim. He’s a nice sixth man post guy for us right now,” Sagester
admitted. “I was very pleased with the team tonight. We had a good game
against Northeastern Saturday and I thought that carried over to
tonight. We were prepared and we protected the home floor. The three
game we lost were on the road (FM, Miami East and St. Henry) so we
appreciate our crowd and we do what needs to be done at home.”
Coming up, the Patriots will host Bethel in another CCC clash at home.
“We have three games in a row at home and this is the first one,”
Sagester pointed out. “Friday we are at home and Saturday, we are here
with Dixie so if we can come out of this with two more wins, I’d be
very pleased. So we have to be ready to play.”
The Patriots are now 10-3 on the season and 7-1 in the conference.
The Patriots junior varsity remained undefeated (13-0) with a 41-23
victory over Covington