by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
ASHVILLE — Teays Valley put a little distance between itself and Logan Elm at halftime and then had a big third quarter on the way to a 67-46 win over Logan. Elm.
TV junior Alyssa Horsley had 13 of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter as the Vikings went from a 32-22 halftime lead to 59-34 advantage.
Kennedy Younkin had 14 points for the Vikings along with 17 rebounds and she blocked five shots. Abby Tier added 11 points.
Tier and Horsley each had three three-pointers on a night with the Vikings sunk 11.
The night didn’t get off to a good start for either team.
A three from Tier was the only basket of the first five minutes as the two squads combined to turn the ball over 13 times in that span.
“We really tried to step up our defensive intensity. We showed that there in the first half but the thing is we’d turn it over and give it right back to them so we couldn’t capitalize,” LE coach Jennifer Blue said.
A three from Teays Valley’s Gabrielle Watkins with three minutes left in the period got the scoring going and the quarter ended with the Vikings holding a 14-9 lead.
A three from Logan Elm’s Kennedy Groff made it a two-point game a few seconds into the second period, but the Vikings scored the next eight (six from Younkin).
Logan Elm went on an eight-point run of its own to make it a two-point game again, but the Vikings finished out the half with three more three-pointers and a free throw wrapped around a solo Logan Elm bucket to lead 32-22 at the break.
After connecting on seven threes in the first half, Teays Valley mixed it up a bit in the third quarter and had a 43-32 advantage before outscoring Logan Elm 16-2 in the final four minutes to jump out in front 59-34 heading into the fourth.
“You’ve got to pick your poison with them, especially our small numbers. We tried to sloff it in and cover Kennedy, but who in their right mind would have ever thought they’d make 11 threes.,” Blue said. “Maybe we should have pulled out of it, but then she’s going to beat us up inside. We just needed a couple more bodies tonight and we didn’t have that.”
Freshman Kiki Ingram led the Braves with 14 points and junior Enaja Fischer chipped in nine. Kennedy Groff led the Braves with six rebounds to go with her six points.
The Braves hit six three-pointers of their own and went 8-8 at the line.
“The girls are starting to get some confidence and are starting to realize they can play with anybody. With five freshmen normally, we had four tonight, it’s a learning curve,” Blue said. “They don’t realize what they can do and can’t do. They’re starting to see that a little bit and starting to have some confidence in their shots.”
Teays Valley (10-2, 7-1) is back in action Saturday afternoon at Bishop Watterson and then is back in league action at Amanda-Clearcreek Tuesday. Logan Elm (4-10, 0-7) hosts Hamilton Township Tuesday.
Teays Valley 67, Logan Elm 46
Logan Elm — Kimmy Petty 2-0-5, Hannah Rhoads 2-0-6, Enaja Fischer 3-3-9, Kiki Ingram 4-5-14, Kennedy Groff 2-0-6, Maddie Merritt 3-0-6. Three-point goals — Blakeman, McConnell. Total — 16-56 8-8 46.
Teays Valley — Addie Helwagen 1-0-2, Charisma Roberts 1-0-3, Abby Tier 4-0-11, Sydney Manring 1-0-2, Kayla Cline 2-0-6, Kennedy Younkin 6-2-14, Alyssa Horsley 7-2-19, Gabrielle Watkins 3-2-10. Three-point goals — Roberts, Tier (3), Cline (2), Horsley (3), Watkins (2). Total — 25-52 6-12 67.
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Logan Elm 9 13 12 12 46
Teays Valley 14 18 27 8 67