LUCASVILLE – The Minford Lady Falcons defeated the Valley Lady Indians, 59-28, Thursday evening in Lucasville. The win lifts the Falcons to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the league. The loss drops Valley to 1-6 on the season and 1-5 in SOC II play.
The bitterly cold temperatures outside did not cool off the Lady Falcons in the first half as Minford shot the ball at a very high clip in the opening half, constructing a 32-15 lead at the break. Erin Daniels had 13 points at the break for coach Scott Caudill and the Lady Falcons. Marissa Risner helped the cause with nine points in the first half.
The Minford defense also did its part in the first two quarters forcing 20 turnovers from the young Indians squad. “We’re young and it shows,” Valley head coach Mark Merritt said. “It’s just something we’re going to continue to work on. We have a young team out there. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we can work through this.”
In the second half, both teams came out ice cold and traded missed buckets and turnovers for nearly half of third stanza until Minford’s Erin Daniels drained her only triple of the night with 4:24 on the clock. Valley continued to have difficulty with the Lady Falcons’ pressure defense and didn’t score in the second half until Bre Call knocked down a pair of free throws with 3:14 left in period.
The sluggish offensive persisted through much of the quarter, but the Lady Falcons, in the last minute, were able to score four quick points to add to their cushion heading into the final eight minutes. The Minford defense and an inexperienced Valley squad combined for the Lady Indians not connecting on a field goal in the third quarter. All of the Lady Indians’ points came via the free throw line.
The Lady Falcons started the fourth quarter where they left off in the third. On the first possession Daniels picked up an assist with a nice pass to Risner who converted on a layup to push Minford farther ahead. The pair of juniors both finished in double figures. Daniels had a game-high 18 points and Risner finished with 10, in the winning cause.
Minford will return home Thursday, Dec. 22 to host the Portsmouth Lady Trojans in a non-league match up. Valley will step outside the conference as they travel to face off with the Clay Lady Panthers Monday evening in Rosemount.