The 10th-ranked (Class A) Tug Valley Lady Panthers began their quest to return to the state tournament on Monday with a 45-34 win over the Man Lady Billies at Naugatuck in the sectional tournament.
The Lady Panthers (8-9) pulled out to an 8-6 lead after the first period. Tug Valley then extended the lead to 21-13 at the half. The Lady Billies continued to slowly slip behind in the second half, trailing 30-21 after three quarters before the Lady Panthers stretched it out for the final margin of victory.
Kenzie Browning led the way for Tug Valley with 19 points. Haven Deskins followed with 9 points. Haley Gillman fired in 8 points. Bailee Hall added 7 points. Kinna Justice chipped in 2 points.
For Man, Jenna Baisden and Kami Anderson led the way with 9 points. Tori Honaker fired in 7 points. Jace Baisden added 5 points. Megan McCoy finished with 4 points.
Tug Valley will now move on to the sectional championship at Tolsia on Thursday.
Man (34) – Jenna Baisden 9, Kami Anderson 9, Tori Honaker 7, Jace Baisden 5, Megan McCoy 4
Tug Valley (45) – Kenzie Browning 19, Haven Deskins 9, Haley Gillman 8, Bailee Hall 7, Kinna Justice 2
Photos Courtesy of Karen Watts