By JIMMIE EARLS
NAUGATUCK - Freshman Makayla May scored a game-high 18 points to help the Tug Valley Lady Panthers overcome an early deficit and mount a second-half comeback against Sherman last Wednesday night for a 45-42 win at home.
Sherman took a quick 5-0 lead to start the game on a three-pointer by Cloey Toney, followed by a steal and a layup by Caraline Nelson.
May got Tug on the board with a bucket off a rebound and went one-for-two on free throws to make it 5-3. Sherman got two baskets on shots by Dejah Busby and Abby Riley to take a 9-3 lead. Emily Colegrove and Bekah White each made one of two FTs to cut Sherman's lead to 9-5.
Toney went to the FT line with 1:29 left in the first quarter and hit both shots to put the Lady Tide up 11-5. May added a layup bucket for Tug to the first to cut Sherman's lead to 11-7.
A layup by Camryn Spaulding started off the scoring for Tug in the second and Sherman now lead 11-9. Zoie Hess knocked down a shot for the Lady Tide to go up 13-9, but Spaulding hit two FTs to make it a 13-11 game.
Amber Maloskey hit a basket for Sherman, while Spaulding struggled some at the FT line, going one-for-three to make the score 15-12 Sherman. Nelson and Kerstin Russell made a FT each for the Lady tide to go ahead 17-12.
Colegrove made another FT for Tug while Madelynn Toney hit a jump shot for Sherman to make it 19-13. Alyssa Newsome hit a jumper and Colegrove sank a pair of FTs for the Lady Panthers to close within two points, trailing 19-17. Shots by Riley and Madelynn Toney, plus a FT by Maloskey put Sherman up 24-17. May made one of two FTs to close the first half with Tug trailing 24-18 at the break.
Madelynn Toney hit back-to-back baskets to give Sherman a 10-point lead, now up 28-18. May got a bucket and a foul for Tug, sinking the bonus to make it 28-21.
Abby Spence hit a shot for tug, but Hess bucketed two field goals for Sherman to put them ahead 32-23. Spence netted another basket to cut the lead to 32-25.
Riley made a FT for Sherman, while Breanna Thompson found the net for Tug to make it a 33-27 game. May made a shot and was fouled, putting the bonus through the hoop to cut Sherman's lead to 33-30. Spence's third bucket of the period got Tug Valley within one point, now trailing 33-32. Nelson hit a shot for Sherman, while Colegrove hit one of two FTs to close out the third quarter with Sherman leading 35-33.
Colegrove went to the FT line early in the fourth period and hit one-of-two to make it a one-point game for Sherman. It was Maloskey's turn to go to the charity stripe for the Lady Tide and she made both shots, putting Sherman ahead 37-34.
A pair of FTs by May got tug back within one point, trailing 37-36. Tug got the ball and they tried to fight inside to put up a shot but the ball started to sail out of bounds.
White ran for the ball for Tug and saved it, flinging it to May, who put it through the hoop for a 38-37 Tug Valley lead. A FT by Busby tied the game at 38-all. A layup by Newsome regained the lead for the Lady Panthers, now up 40-38.
With under a minute left in the game, Sherman continued to foul, sending Colegrove to the FT line where she struggled, sinking one of six shots. A bucket by Busby made it a 41-40 Tug Valley lead.
With 19.3 seconds left, Newsome went to the line and nailed both shots for a 43-40 Lady Panther lead. Riley netted a basket for Sherman to cut Tug's lead to 43-42. Sherman fouled Newsome again with 6.5 seconds left and she sank both shots to put Tug up 45-42. As the final seconds ticked off, the Lady Panthers handed Sherman their second loss of the season as the Lady Tide now stands at 13-2. The Lady Panthers moved to 4-9 on the season with the win.
Score by quarters
Sherman: 11-13-11-7 = 42
Tug Valley: 7-11-15-12 = 45
Sherman: Busby 7, Nelson 3, M. Toney 8, C. Toney 5, Riley 7, Russell 1, Maloskey 5, Hess 6.
Tug Valley: Colegrove 7, Newsome 8, May 18, White 1, Spence 6, Spaulding 5.
Sherman 3-pts: C. Toney 1.
FT: S 9/15 (60%); TV 21/40 (52.5%)