WHITINGHAM- If there’s such a thing as a good loss, the Twin Valley Middle High School girls’ varsity basketball team can certainly take pride in Wednesday night’s game. Trailing by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, the Wildcats scratched their way back to within three in the final frame.
In fact, with tight full-court pressure and a stifling zone defense, Twin Valley held division 2 Springfield scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter before the Cosmos finished the game on an 11-0 run to win, 51-37.
“It’s encouraging and discouraging at the same time,” Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford said. “We played great for much of the game, but at times their press affected us and they were able to get on a few runs.”
Twin Valley’s speed in the fast break appeared to keep Springfield off balance early on as the Cosmos led just 9-7 after the first quarter. But as the turnovers mounted for the Wildcats, Springfield (3-1) pushed the lead to 10 points at the break.
“We had 19 turnovers in the first half,” Hayford explained. “And we missed too many easy shots and too many free throws. That’s just not good enough.”
The Wildcats committed just eight turnovers in the second half as they closed the gap. Senior Tayler Courchesne led the Twin Valley scoring with 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Junior Maria Page had seven points, and junior Jarrett Niles and freshman Sadie Boyd each added five.
“We just spent a lot of energy getting back into the game and seemed to run out of gas,” Hayford said. “But credit Springfield. They played hard the whole way and hit their free throws down the stretch.
“It was a game of runs, and they just used that last 11-0 run to close the game,” Hayford added. “That’s what good teams do.”
Still, Hayford was excited by his team’s play and is looking forward to the next contest. Next up, Twin Valley (1-4) will host Arlington at 6 pm on Friday.
“The whole way, the kids worked hard and gave it all they could,” Hayford said “That’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”