Tug Valley girls headed to state tourney, to play St. Joe

By Kyle Lovern Civitas News Service

March 7, 2014

MIDLAND TRAIL – The Tug Valley girls’ basketball team won the co-final of the Class A, Region 3, Section 1 tournament, defeating Midland Trail 59-26 on Wednesday night.

Tug Valley had to hit the road for the co-finals of the regional after narrowly losing to Sherman in the sectional final last week.

The Lady Panthers have battled injuries all season long, however, they are now healthy and are playing much better basketball. Thus, they now have a trip to the West Virginia Girls State Tournament next week in Charleston.

Tug Valley jumped out to a 31-15 halftime lead and outscored the home team 28-11 in the second half to cruise to the co-regional championship.

Senior center Hannah Armstrong led the Lady Panthers with 18 points, while junior point guard Adreana Vance scored 13. Taylor Parsley added eight points, while Emily Baisden and Katie Robinson each added six.

“We played exceptionally well. We played 32 minutes of basketball and good team ball,” said longtime assistant coach Aileen Perry. “Everyone contributed to the win. We set a goal at the beginning of the season and never lost sight of it. We are excited and looking forward to playing next week in Charleston.

“We rebounded well and our defense vaulted us to the lead and we stayed there. We got some key points from steals and turnovers.”

The next game for the Lady Panthers will be at the Charleston Civic Center in the state tournament next Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Tug Valley gets the No. 8 seed and will have to go up against No. 1-ranked and five-time defending state champion Huntington St. Joe in the first round.