Dakota Valley did have the lead early in the game. They held a 12-10 advantage after the first quarter. The Mustangs went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter and finished the first half with a 25-22 lead.
The Mustangs shot the ball well in the third quarter and extended their lead. Tri-Valley led by seven points at 43-36 with seconds remaining in the quarter before Dakota Valley made a three-point shot at the buzzer. The Panthers then made a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 43-42. Those back-to-back three pointers sparked the Panther offense. They were 7-10 shooting in the quarter and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line and outscored Tri-Valley 21-8 in the final quarter for the win.
Tri-Valley finished the game shooting 37% (18-49) from the field, 23% (5-22) from three-point area, and 77% (10-13) from the free-throw line.
Tabor Teel ended the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. Blayne Gacke had 10 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Steph Buchmann had nine points, and Kaitlyn Mohnen had eight points and four rebounds.
The Mustangs (5-5) will host Canton on Tuesday, January 26th.