BROOKVILLE — The Twin Valley South girls basketball team had their season come to a close after losing 57-26 to Newton, a familiar foe, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Brookville High School.
“The girls always play hard and we’re not trying to search for moral victories all the time, but they play hard,” said South head coach Jeff Case. “I never doubted that for a minute. We had a plan. And we executed it at times and the times that we didn’t, (Newton) took advantage of it. They’re a good team.”
The Panthers were able to contain the Cross County Conference foe for about four minutes of the first quarter, but 10 self-inflicted turnovers made offense difficult to come by.
Newton managed an 11-2 run to start out the game followed by a 10-0 run to close it, jumping out to a big 21-5 lead after the first period.
“I mean, you turn over 10 extra possessions for them, it’s trouble for us. We can’t give them 10 extra possessions. They extended a few of their possessions with offensive rebounds as well, so they took advantage of those and good teams should take advantage of those,” said Case.
In the second, Newton continued to pour it on, starting the frame out on a 10-2 run. South found more success offensively though, amassing a 6-4 run for a stretch, and scored 10 points in the quarter. Newton went into halftime up 43-15.
Out of the break, the Panthers held Newton to only nine points of total offense but once again struggled to put points on the board – their only score that period coming for a Mylan Crews trey mid-way through the third.
They went into the fourth down 53-18, where they outscored Newton 8-4.
Crews led the Panthers with 10 points while Haily Keener and Morgan Newhart each added four points apiece.
The loss ends South’s season as well as Case’s first year with the program. The team will lose Keener, Newhart, Jaycie Fisher, and Sarah Bingham to graduation.
“Well the bad news is that the seniors only get one year with a new head coach and I just told them that in the locker room. It’s really tough for seniors with a first year coach and I feel bad because those four seniors. They are special young women and I’m going to miss them. I wish I had them for another year at least,” said Case.
Looking toward the future of the program, Case said he hopes to continue teaching fundamentals and that he is looking forward to what his young roster will accomplish in the coming years.
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