NAUGATUCK — The Tug Valley Lady Panthers improved to 2-3 on the season with a 49-40 win over the River View Lady Raiders last night at Tug Valley.
Tug had little problem with the 4-3 Raiders and landed three players in double figures. Elizabeth Evans led the Panthers with 12 points and also dished out eight assists. Samantha Preece followed with 11 points and Paige Runyon netted 10.
River View was led in scoring by Samantha Matney who topped all scorers with 18.
The Lady Panthers outrebounded the View 27 to 23. Tug was led by Evans and Hannah Armstrong with six boards each. The Raiders were led by Tara Bowles with nine rebounds.
Neither squad took care of the rock as River View had 20 turnovers and Tug 19. The Valley had 11 in the first half. The Raiders had 10 each half.
The Lady Raiders shot 72 percent from the stripe. River View was sent to the freethrow line 25 times and connected on 18. The View shot a dismal 22 percent from the floor.
The Panthers were 11-of-19 from the charity stripe for 58 percent. Tug connected on 18 of 53 shots for 34 percent shooting.
Tug led the Raiders by four at the break and could not extend the lead until the final quarter. The Panthers outscored River View 19-14 in the fourth for the 9-point victory.
“I am glad they (Riverview) didn’t shoot the ball as well as they played defense,” said TVHS coach Okey Smith. “I thought that Coach Justice had his girls well prepared and they did a good job on Elizabeth but, as good players do she was able to find the open girls and made several good passes for some easy baskets. Paige and Samie played their best games so far this year, I am proud of the effort that both of them gave tonight. We have to have that effort from them every night to be successful. Hannah and Adreana played with foul trouble all night, but played well, especially in the second half. Amber continues to give us good minutes off the bench, I was proud of her play tonight.”
“Cassie came in and gave us some big minutes; if everyone worked as hard as Cassie, this would be the easiest coaching job in the world,” he continued. “We got three big games coming up in the Mountain Girl Shootout at Belfry, we will have to play better to have some success there.”
The Lady Panthers play in the Mountain Schoolgirl Classic at Belfry High School on Dec. 27.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
RVHS: 8 8 10 14 = 40
TVHS: 9 11 10 19 = 49
River View: C. Dobbs 7, K. Dority 1, B. Coleman 6, S. Matney 18, T. Bowles 6 and P. Waldron 2.
Tug Valley: C. Griffith 2, A. Vance 5, S. Preece 11, H. Armstrong 7, P. Runyon 10, E. Evans 12 and A. Linville 2.