Mingo Central girls defeat Tug Valley 51-42
by Ralph B. Davis
NAUGATUCK – The Mingo Central Lady Miners defeated Tug Valley on the road Thursday night 51 to 42 to gain some revenge.
Tug Valley beat Mingo Central on their home floor 52-39 earlier this season.
The Lady Miners jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter, but the Lady Panthers cut the lead to 21-18 heading into the dressing room at the half.
Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first half, with Mingo only shooting 26 percent, while Tug Valley shot 35 percent. The difference in the opening two quarters was the Lady Panthers committed 13 turnovers, while Mingo Central had six.
Adreana Vance led Tug Valley with eight first half points, while Ashley Curry scored six to lead the Lady Miners.
Curry had a great second half scoring 22 points and ending the game with 28 for a career high. The 6-0 sophomore also pulled down 14 rebounds and had six blocked shots. Curry scored 11 in both the third and fourth quarters.
Kiearia Hammond had eight points and Chrissy Farmer five points and six assists for MCHS.
Vance finished with 22 points for the Lady Panthers and she had six rebounds. Amber Linville scored eight points and hauled in 12 rebounds, while Emily Baisden had six points and six rebounds.
Tug Valley was playing without all-area performer Hannah Armstrong, who has been out with a severe ankle injury. Senior Whitney Evans-Kirk, who hurt her knee in the last game, tried to play Thursday night. But she eventually had to leave the game in the early minutes because of the injury.
“I thought we played with tired legs tonight. This was our third game in four days and it showed at times,” said Mingo Central coach David Hanshaw. “Although we could have played better, we did what we had to do to win the ballgame. I thought Ashley took over the game in the second half and dominated at times.”
“The key was getting the ball out in transition in the second half and getting easy baskets. You have to give Tug credit, they basically played without two of their starters and gave us all we wanted. I wish them nothing but the best come tourney time,” Hanshaw added.
“We had no answer for Ashley Curry tonight. She completely dominated the game. I thought my girls played hard and we played good in spurts but just couldn’t get over the hump in the second half,” Tug Valley coach Okey Smith said. “Adreana is doing everything she can for us but, we really need a couple others to step up their game to provide more support for her.”
“Whitney gave it a try but her knee is still hurting her; her health is more important than any basketball game. Just like the last time we played I would like to congratulate both teams on a well-played and clean game. It’s great that two rivals can play a game and not have any problems during the game. Both schools should be proud of these two teams,” Smith added.
Tug Valley (8-7) was scheduled to play Cross Lanes Friday night, but that game was postponed. The Cross Lanes game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 12, at 6:00 p.m. They were scheduled to travel to Chapmanville today, but the wintry weather could force another cancellation.
Mingo Central evened its record at 7-7 and was scheduled to go to Wayne tonight as part of a boys-girls doubleheader.
Score by quarters:
MCHS … 14 7 17 13 - 51
TVHS … 6 12 13 11- 42
Mingo Central (7-7) - Curry 28, Hammond 8, Browning 1, Church 2, Stumbo 2, Maynard 2, Smith 3, Farmer 5 points and 6 assists.
Tug Valley (8-7) - Linville 8, Evans-Kirk 2, Baisden 6, Vance 22, Griffith 2, Robinson 2.
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