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BOURBON â€” The Lady Trojans started off the night with a 59-49 win over a tough Argos team, and the boys were able to complete the sweep, capping off the night with a 50-28 win in first round action of the Bi-County Tournament at the Trojan Trench Tuesday night.
TRITON 50, ARGOS 28
The Triton Trojans were able to put on a defensive showcase against the Argos Dragons, holding them to just 23.7 percent shooting from the field. They started the game on an 8-1 run and never looked back. Clay Yeo score nine of his game-high 24 in the first quarter to put the Trojans up 18-8 after one.
Argos was able to score the first four points of the second quarter, but it was all Triton after that, including a 3 at the buzzer by Darren Harrell and Triton led at the half 32-14.
Tritonâ€™s defense held the Dragons to single digits in every quarter, and according to Triton coach Jason Groves, that consistent effort on defense has been a mainstay for this group.
â€śOur defense has been pretty consistent all year. It was nice to see them exert that early in the game. We were good all around,â€ť he said. â€śThe effort is always there with this team. They come in and play hard each and every night. We just have to execute a little bit more, defensively as well as offensively. Thatâ€™s my biggest concern with this team right now.â€ť
Triton led 44-19 after three with Yeo scoring 10 more in the quarter. Argosâ€™ defense still played hard in the fourth quarter led by junior Taylor Ogle, who had three steals in the frame, holding Triton to just six. But it was too little, too late as the effort wasnâ€™t enough in the 50-28 loss.
The energy and effort is what concerned Argos coach Doug Snyder the most.
â€śMy concern tonight was team energy. I didnâ€™t feel like we went out there and took on the the challenge,â€ť he said. â€śWhen you play a team like Triton and a player like Yeo, I think you have to have a special kind of mentality and a special type of energy. I just donâ€™t feel like our kids were looking forward to that challenge. We have to have some kind of edge, and we didnâ€™t have that tonight.â€ť
With the win, Triton will move on to face the Lancers in the second round of the Bi-County tournament at LaVille on Friday in the main gym after the other semifinal starting at 6:30 p.m. Argos will play in the consolation game also Thursday at LaVille in the auxiliary gym after the other consolation game starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tritonâ€™s record is now 8-4, while Argos drops to 3-9.
â€˘ TRITON 50,
Score by Quarters
Triton: 18 32 44 50
Argos: 8 14 19 28
TRITON (50): Clay Yeo 24, Darren Harrell 6, Tanner Shepherd 6, Seth Glingle 6, Cody Shively 4, Joey Corder 2, Drew Mosson 2, Trenton Cooper 0, Dillon Meadway 0, Skyler Reichert 0; Totals 21 4-6 50
ARGOS (28): Taylor Ogle 7, Ben Carter 6, Casey Johnson 4, Dominic Cataldo 3, Max Bailey 3, Ricky Rice 3, Derek Smith 2, Brian Snyder 0, Alex Blum 0; Totals 9 6-13 28
3-pointers: Triton 4 (Harrell 2, Yeo 2), Argos 4 (Ogle 2); Rebounds: Triton 38 (Yeo 7, Meadway 6, Glingle 5, Shepherd 4, Corder 3, Harrell 3), Argos 24 (Johnson 5, Carter 5, Bailey 3, Snyder 3); Assists: Triton 13 (Yeo 4, Corder 2, Harrell 2, Shepherd 2), Argos 7 (Ogle 2); Steals: Triton 8 (Yeo 2, Glingle 2, Shively 2), Argos 8 (Ogle 5, Cataldo 2); Turnovers: Triton 14 Argos 15; Fouls (fouled out): Triton 13 (none), Argos 8 (none).
Records: Triton 8-4 Argos 3-9
LADY TROJANS 59,
LADY DRAGONS 49
The Lady Trojansâ€™ speed prevailed over the size of Argos as they were able to defeat the Lady Dragons 59-49 in the opening round of the Bi-County Tournament at the Trojan Trench.
It was a back and forth first quarter until Triton was able to go on an 8-2 run in a two-minute span to give the home team a little bit of an edge. The Trojans closed out the first quarter leading the Dragons 14-8.
Argos was able to close the gap to three with around three minutes left in the second quarter 16-19, but Triton went on a 9-3 run to close out the quarter, which gave it a 28-19 edge at the half. The third quarter saw Triton sophomore Kylie Mason 5-of-7 from the field, including three from 3-point land. Even with that great shooting, Argos was able to close the gap ever so slightly, trailing 43-36 at the end of the period.
Argos made it a four-point game when senior Karlee VanDerWeele hit a shot while falling to the ground, after she had taken the rebound right out of the hands of one of the Lady Trojans. It wouldnâ€™t be enough, though, as crucial turnovers by Argos and perfect free throw shooting by Triton sealed the game 59-49.
Argos Coach Gary Teel thought his teamâ€™s turnovers were the key to this game.
â€śThe biggest thing we talked about after the game was that Triton is very quick and they capitalized on our turnovers and when we got them to turn it over, we didnâ€™t capitalize. We were only down 47-43 with about a minute and a half left, and a bounce or two our way could have made the difference,â€ť said Teel. â€śWe have to look at the positives, and one of the positives is that I thought Kayla Prochno played an outstanding basketball game underneath the basket, converting on four three-point plays for us.â€ť
Prochno, a 5â€™ 11â€ť Argos senior forward, led all players with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Triton coach Adam Heckaman knew the Trojans were going to give up some points in the paint but thought they would be able to overcome it.
â€śWe have to play a scramble-type defense. Our size doesnâ€™t allow us to really match up with people and we get abused in the paint a little bit. With our 1-3-1 defense we are able to cause a little bit more confusion,â€ť he said. â€śWe were able to cause them to rush shots a little bit and get some turnovers when we got the opportunity to. They were able to handle the ball better than the first time we played them, but 23 turnovers, Iâ€™ll take it. It gives us a chance to get out on the fast break and that really helped us.â€ť
With the win, Triton advances opposite host LaVille in the second round of the Bi-County Tournament on Thursday and will play the second semifinal game in the LaVille main gym. The first one starts at 6:30 p.m.
Argos will play in the second consolation game on Thursday at Laville with the first one starting at 6:30 p.m. as well.
Tritonâ€™s record now stands at 12-4, while Argos is now 8-8.
â€˘ TRITON 59,
Score by Quarters
Triton: 14 28 43 59
Argos: 8 19 36 49
TRITON (59): Kylie Mason 20, Shana Anderson 17, Taylor Hatfield 12, Mallorie Jennings 6, Breanna Lemler 4, Allie Kann 0, Krystal Sellers 0, Hannah Jennings 0; Totals 21 10-10 59
ARGOS (49): Kayla Prochno 26, Libby Moyer 9, Shelby Sanders 8, Karlee VanDerWeele 4, Amanda Middleton 2, Shacoda Leed 0, Valerie Rospopo 0, Kelsey Kring 0; Totals 21 5-7 49
3-pointers: Triton 7 (Mason 4, Anderson 3), Argos 2 (Sanders 2); Rebounds: Triton 20 (Lemler 7, Anderson 4, Sellers 3), Argos 41 (Prochno 14, VanDerWeele 10, Moyer 6, Sanders 3); Assists: Triton 15 (Sellers 4, Mason 3, Anderson 3), Argos 11 (Sanders 5, VanDerWeele 3, Kring 2); Steals: Triton 12 (Hatfield 4) Argos 6 (Prochno 3) Turnovers: Triton 11, Argos 23; Fouls (fouled out): Triton 11 (none) Argos 16 (Moyer, VanDerWeele).
Records: Triton 12-4 Argos 8-8