Wayne, Tri-Village show promise in season debut
Five Takeaways From The Wayne-Tri Village Power Scrimmage
#1: Both Teams Are Extremely Deep: The first takeaway I noticed was how deep both teams were. Going into it I thought it would be more of Hampton/Hall vs. Downing sisters but I was completely wrong. Wayne had major contributors in senior Jaida Wolfork along with juniors Alyssa Hall, Lovie Malone & Jacquel Bronough. A lot of great complementary pieces to surround around Hall & Hampton for sure. Tri-Village may even be deeper as they had a boatload of great players and they meshed almost immediately. They got big nights from freshman Rylee Sagester & senior Lissa Siler. While on the other hand Morgan Hunt, Andi Bietry & Trisa Porter all made winning plays and kept them in the game. That group isn't even counting the Downing sisters who are great paint presences.
#2: Freshmen Duo Built For Varsity: Another thing I took away from this was that all the hype around Rylee Sagester and Morgan Hunt were justified. Sagester was poised for the most part and was a great shot-maker. She finished with a team-high 18 points and looked like a Varsity veteran out there. As for Hunt, she was a complete bully inside and out. She will likely have a fantastic season as she just has a great feel for the game and plays hard 110% of the time. These two along with Meghan Downing should keep Tri-Village in state contention for the next 3 years.
#3: Transfer Could Be The Key To Wayne's Success: Beavercreek transfer Alyssa Hall went to Wayne and gelled with the team quickly. A very unselfish yet talented guard. She picks up 94 feet on defense and makes the right play every time down as she was the go-to scorer at her old school she has now turned into more of a facilitator role. She finished with 6 assists in 3 quarters of play and had many opportunities to get more. I truly believe she is the big x-factor that will decide how far this team goes.
#4: T.V. Will Struggle With Teams That Pressure: A lot of bright spots looking at the Lady Patriots but also some signs of needed improvement if they want to win a state title. Their main focus has to be to take better care of the ball and not get rattled so easily. Similar to Minster, Wayne's pressure forced Tri-Village into many turnovers and rushed plays. They have great size and have a solid offensive system but the only thing hurting them are turnovers at the moment. If they can crack down on that this year they are by far the favorites in Division IV.
#5: Only Thing The Will Hold Wayne Back Is Fouls: Last thing I noticed is while Tri-Village got forced into many bad plays, the Lady Warriors fouled a ton! They have a legit chance to be the best defensive team in the state, as they have great defensive rotations as well as on the ball pressure but the only thing that can stop them from locking up is getting into foul trouble especially playing in a loaded GWOC this year with teams like: Centerville, Springboro & Fairmont, that all can shoot free throws. We're actually excited to come and see these match-ups where it will be defensive pressure vs. finesse teams.
Wayne - Unofficial scrimmage stats
Bree Hall (JR.) - 21 points, 5 rebounds
Nyla Hampton (SR.) - 11 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds
Jaida Wolfork (SR.) - 10 points, 1 rebound
Jacquel Bronough (JR.) - 4 points, 5 rebounds
Lovie Malone (JR.) - 4 points
Teyarra Johnson (SR.) - 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Alyssa Hall (JR.) - 2 points, 6 assists
Jaleah Stiner (SO.) - 2 points
Number 4 - 0 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound
Tri-Village - Unofficial scrimmage stats
Rylee Sagester (FR.) - 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Lissa Siler (SR.) - 9 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds
Morgan Hunt (FR.) - 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Trisa Porter (SR.) - 7 points
Maddie Downing (SR.) - 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Meghan Downing (SO.) - 4 points, 6 rebounds
Andi Bietry (SR.) - 3 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound