The Southwood girls basketball team traveled to Tippecanoe Valley Saturday for a TRC match up with the Lady Vikings. Valley was sitting on top of the TRC standings, tied with Manchester. The Lady Knights would trail by just three points at the half, but a strong Valley third quarter would doom the Knights, falling 56-43.
The Lady Knight offense was almost non existent in the first quarter, digging an early hole scoring just three points. Luckily, the defense was clicking better than the offense and held Valley to just ten points and trailed 10-3 after one.
Still struggling, the offense would try to garner some points while the defense kept them in the game. The Lady Knights out scored Valley in the quarter 11-7 and were back in the game, trailing just 17-14 at the half.
In the third quarter the Valley offense caught fire behind TRC leading scorer Staci Groom, while the Southwood offense still struggled and the Vikings opened a 36-21 lead after three.
In a high scoring fourth quarter Southwood out scored valley 22-20, but the third quarter hole they dug was to deep to climb, losing to Valley 56-43.
Leading Southwood was Sarah White with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assist. Amy Bowman had 14 points and 4 assist. Ana Marie Farlow 5 points and 4 rebounds. Jessica Pegg 3, Emily Murphy 3 points and 3 rebounds and Mollie Harnish had 2 points.
The junior varsity lost to Valley 50-40.
The Lady Knights led 32-31 after three quarters, but were out scored 19-8 in the fourth quarter.
Leading Southwood was Emily Lehner and Haley Heath with 11 points each. Aleesha Phillips had 6, Grace Whitham 5, Abby Houlihan 4 and Jenny Bentley 3.