Having not played a game since December 22nd, the Tri-Valley Mustang girls basketball team looked sharp in their first game in two weeks at Baltic on Tuesday, January 5th. The Mustangs beat the Bulldogs 66-39.
Tri-Valley was on fire to start the game getting out to a 22-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. This was a lead they would never lose. Baltic cut the lead by a point in the second quarter as Tri-Valley led 35-19 at halftime.
Baltic did make a run in third quarter. The Bulldogs cut the Mustang lead down to nine points at 38-29 with 2:45 to play in the quarter. Tri-Valley ended the final minutes of the quarter on a 6-2 run to push the lead back to 13 points at 44-31 heading into the final quarter. The Mustangs then held Baltic to just eight points while scoring 22 to end any rally by Baltic.
Tri-Valley was 41% (24-58) from the field, 25% (5-20) from three-point area, and 54% (13-24) from the free-throw line. The Mustangs also out rebounded the Bulldogs 37-22 and forced 20 Baltic turnovers, 11 of those on steals.
Tabor Teel led Tri-Valley with 28 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Lauren Grinde had 13 points and six rebounds. Hillary Hastings finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Mustangs (4-2) will travel to Mt Vernon to play the Mt Vernon/Plankinton Titans on Thursday, January 7th.