Both teams went on scoring runs in the first three quarters, while most of the fourth quarter was back-and-forth. Tri-Valley had the first advantage outscoring Canton 16-9 in the first quarter. The C-Hawks reversed that trend and outscored the Mustangs 16-6 in the second quarter for a 25-22 halftime lead.
The Mustangs started the second half on a 10-2 run and led 32-27 with 3:45 to go in the third quarter. Canton closed the quarter on an 8-5 run to cut into the lead. Tri-Valley led 37-35 heading into the final quarter. The lead changed hands multiple times, and Canton had a 47-46 lead with 1:30 to play. Tri-Valley tied the game from the free-throw line with :45 on the clock. The game-winning shot came off of a Tri-Valley turnover for Canton.
The Mustangs shot 32% (13-41) from the field, 18% (3-17) from three-point area, and 62% (18-29) from the free-throw line. Tri-Valley also out rebounded the C-Hawks 39-25, but the Mustangs turned the ball over 24 times in the game.
Kaitlyn Mohnen had 17 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Steph Buchmann finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and two steals. Paige Jewett had eight points. Tabor Teel had four points, 15 rebounds, and five steals.
Tri-Valley (5-6) will travel to Elk Point to play the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies on Thursday, January 28th.