DRESDEN- The Tri-Valley Scotties (TV) cruised in the second half to beat Crooksville 76-51 on Jan 28 in Dresden.
The Ceramics started out strong by giving TV fits with its zone defense. Brayden Cavinee scored a three-pointer and a field goal for Crooksville’s first five points of the game before Thomas Russell put the Scotties on the board with his own field goal. TV’s Aaron Frueh and the Ceramics’ Caden Sparks traded buckets before Frueh scored yet again. TV started to get in a groove, but Crooksville’s Blake White hit a three, to which TV’s Ty Smith answered with his own. The Scotties finished strong in the first and led 18-12.
In the second, White opened the scoring with a field goal, but Ty Smith hit two huge threes to increase the Scotties’ lead. Cavinee hit his own three to bring the score to 20-30, but TV scored a couple more buckets to bring their lead to 12. Cavinee then hit another three to get the Ceramics to within 10 at the half, 25-34.
Coming out of the locker room, Crooksville started out just as hot as at the start of the game. Cavinee buried a three to start, and Caden Sparks converted an and-one to bring TV’s lead to four, 35-31. Crooksville started out the half in man-to-man defense, which was clearly working to start. Jakob Frueh hit a field goal but White immediately answered with his own to keep the deficit to four. Luke Lyall, after going ice cold from three throughout the game, finally hit one, to which Sparks answered with a field goal. From there, TV went on a 9-0 run and increased the lead to 15 going into the fourth.
And the fourth is where the Scotties released all of that built-up energy they had from sitting out most of January.
TV broke things open with a 16-2 run to start the fourth, with Alex Williams scoring four straight points in transition. That increased their lead to 29. Slade German tried to get the Ceramics back in the game with two late buckets, but it was to late and the Scotties took the victory.
Jakob Frueh led all scorers with 21 points. On the Ceramic side, Cavinee and Sparks both had 17. Crooksville was held to 13 turnovers and was 19-of-46 from the field.