The Wildcats kept it close in the first quarter, with forward Abbi Molner scoring all five points for Twin Valley, with the defense giving up 11. Both the Raptors and the Wildcats had trouble finding the hoop in the second quarter with Rivendell scoring only five, and Christina Moore scoring three Wildcat points.
But the second half was all Rivendell, who scored 18 points in the third, and again in the fourth, fueled by a 24-point game by Lacy Stever. The Raptors were able to force 18 turnovers and harass the Wildcats’ offense all game. According to Coach Buddy Hayford, Twin Valley had few opportunities to run their offense. “They get in your grill and make you uncomfortable,” said Hayford. “We didn’t help ourselves any with our turnovers, but they really took us out of our offense, and had enough firepower to put it away in the second half.”
Molner led the Wildcats with eight points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Niles scored six and Moore added four points.
“It’s still early and they still work hard, they don’t let it faze them and they know they have to get better and they come in with that mentality every night,” said Hayford. “It takes patience, let it develop, and I need to get them up to speed.”
TV 57, Poultney 21
POULTNEY-The Wildcats rolled into Poultney looking for their first win, then rolled right over the Blue Devils. Fueled by Abbi Molner’s game-high 14 points and forward Lexi Reinertson’s career-high 12, the Wildcats cruised to a 57-21 victory, and the most complete team effort of Twin Valley’s young season.
The Wildcats began the game with full-court defensive pressure and pounded the Blue Devils with 18 first-quarter points by five different players, including nine from Molner.
Twin Valley, who came into the game 0-2 on the season, outmatched Poultney and was able to run their offense at will for the first time this season, working the ball inside effectively, and scoring 18 points in the paint.
Twin Valley’s defense kept up the pressure all game, forcing double-digit turnovers, and dominating the boards by out-rebounding Poultney 49-20. “We were much better inside,” said Twin Valley Coach Buddy Hayford, “We were more conscious of getting inside and getting to the free-throw line.”
On top of her 14 points, Molner ended the night with eight rebounds and three assists. Reinertson would also add eight rebounds and two steals on top of her 12 points. The Wildcats spread around the workload, with Colton Butler scoring eight points, all in the second half, on top of four rebounds and two steals. Jordan Niles, Abby Putnam, and Christina Moore all had six points apiece, with Moore adding 10 rebounds and Niles snatching four steals. Hannah Swanson did not score but came up with 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Sammy Cunningham-Darrah added two points and four rebounds as well.
“Our offense was really driven by some good defense,” said Hayford. “I thought we ran the offense better than we had in the last two games.”
Hayford will need his team to play good defense and a good transition game against a Windsor team that plays press defense from start to finish, at home on Friday night at 6:30.