NAUGATUCK - The Tug Valley Panthers (8-8) pulled their record back to .500 on Friday night in a home game against Sherman as they forced 23 turnovers to roll over the Tide by a final score of 68-41.
Tug Valley came out to start the game and set the tone on the defensive end as Ian Reed picked up two steals and scored six points in the opening period to lead the way as they built a 16-9 lead.
In the second stanza, the Panthers big men put in the work down low as freshman Ethan Colegrove scored 10 points in the quarter while sophomore Easton Davis added six as they went a combined 8-10 from the floor to push the halftime lead to 34-17.
The third quarter would see coach David Henderson's team go ice cold from the floor as they hit 1-14 shots from the floor and only posted six points as Tug Valley extended their lead to 29 at 52-23.
Sherman (1-14) played hard to the final whistle and actually outscored Tug Valley in the fourth quarter 18-16 as Chris Abbott scored seven of his team-high 11 points in the frame.
It was all for naught, however, as Tug Valley coach Edwyn May emptied his bench down the stretch and the Panthers secured the 27-point Region IV Section II victory.
Colegrove and Davis led Tug Valley as the duo scored 14 points apiece while Davis also grabbed eight rebounds.
Reed joined them in double figures with 10 and also dished three assists and had four steals.
Sophomores Tyler Chaffin and Caleb May each scored six points while senior Alex Carter tossed in six points off of the bench. Chaffin also grabbed eight rebounds including six on the offensive end.
Sherman was led by Abbott's 11 points as he was the only player to sniff double-figures for the Tide. Parker Rollo added seven and Dalton Rollo finished with six.
Neither team shot the ball well as TV hit 27-76 shots for 36 percent, including 2-16 from deep while Sherman hit only 14-52 shots for a 27 percent clip.
TV shot well at the foul line, which had to please coach May as they hit 12-15 while Sherman struggled hitting only 9-19.
Tug Valley only out-rebounded Sherman 37-32 but they had 15 steals compared to only two for the Tide. TV dished out 14 assists to only eight turnovers.
With the loss, Sherman fell to 1-14 on their season and was back in action on Tuesday night at home against Hannan, where they had a good chance to pick up their second win.
Tug Valley saw their season record pull back to .500 with the win, but they also played on Saturday night in a tough game on the road at the No. 2 ranked team in the Class A AP Top 10 Greater Beckley Christian. The Crusaders won 90-64
Tug Valley upset GBC 56-55 at home after a late floater by Caleb May with less than two seconds to go back on Dec. 7.
The Panthers were back in action on Tuesday at home in a rivalry game against Mingo Central, where they beat the Miners 67-59..
TV won 68-46 back on in the first meeting back on Jan. 8 and leads the series 15-2 all-time.
Score by quarters
SHS: 9 8 6 18 - 41
TVHS: 16 18 18 16 - 68
Sherman: C. Abbott 11, P. Rollo 7, D. Rollo 6, B. Busby 5, L. Green 3, W. Kincaid 3, A. Kirk 2, R. Cline 2, D. Myers 1, B. Carter 1.
Tug Valley: E. Colegrove 14, E. Davis 14, I. Reed 10, T. Chaffin 6, C. May 6, A. Carter 6, J. Sorrell 4, J. Hall 3, K. Smith 2, M. Linville 2, K. Justice 1.
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.