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Sports > High School >> Basketball

Spartans stop Bears

Tri-Valley loses the game and a key player

Jan 31, 2019

By Ed Townsend - reporter/photographer

By: Ed Townsend | Democrat
Tri-Valley's Jillian Mungeer (32) shoots a trey over Seward's Alexa Roach (13) in the Bears 51-41 loss Monday night at Grahamsville. Roach led the Spartans with 24 points and Mungeer led the Bears with 18 points.
S.S. Seward 51
Tri-Valley 41

GRAHAMSVILLE -- The old saying that “lightning never strikes the same place twice” is another myth that any veteran storm observer has seen nature defy and such was the case Monday night in Grahamsville when the Lady Bears lost a 10-point 51-41 league game to S. S. Seward and also saw the loss of one of their key players, senior Morgan McHugh, for the season. McHugh sustained a fracture of one of the bones in her right wrist when driving to score a two-pointer at 3:31 of the fourth quarter.

In what both coaches referred to as “a very physical basketball game” injuries were just waiting to take place and with McHugh scoring the two-pointer she was fouled by S. S. Seward's high scoring star Alexa Roach forcing McHugh to hit the floor and wall under the Bears basket.
The injury rule forced McHugh to the bench but minutes later she reentered and shortly thereafter asked to be removed because of her injury. Following the game she left with ice draped on her arm and wrist which was tightly wrapped and in a sling.
TV Coach Gary TerBush when asked for a status report Tuesday said that “Morgan was taken to the emergency room last night where x-rays revealed a fracture of one of the bones in her right hand wrist.” She was scheduled to see an orthopedic doctor yesterday.
“This is a big loss as Morgan provided us with senior leadership and she was a gamer at all times,” TerBush noted.
This game also provided another scare late in the third quarter when S.S. Seward's Alexa Roach was fouled by Tri-Valley's Samantha Raymond and crashed to the floor and wall but did not sustain any injury.
The lost game and season ending injury to McHugh eliminates any hope of winning the league division championship but coach TerBush indicated that making the sectional playoffs is still a possibility.
Roach came over to the Bears bench at the end of the game to offer kind words to McHugh.
The writing on the wall for game results took place in the first half with two Tri-Valley starters getting in foul trouble early in the first quarter and Seward's defense keeping the Bears' offense from scoring.
The Spartans outscored Tri-Valley 14-6 in the first eight minutes of play as the Bears edged Seward 8-7 in the second quarter for a 21-14 Seward lead at halftime.
Both teams put up 11 points on the scoreboard in the third quarter and at 2:50 on the clock, a two-pointer by the Bears Morgan McHugh put Tri-Valley down by only two points, 27-25. However, Seward went on to dominate on defense and win the quarter 32-25.
Tri-Valley had their best offensive quarter in the final eight minutes of play scoring 16 points off Jillian Mungeer's two treys and three foul shots but the Spartans added 19 points to gain the 51-41 important league victory.
The win gives Seward an overall record of 11-4 and a 2-1 OCIAA Division V league record. Their only league defeat came at the hands of Sullivan West in Florida by one point.
Tri-Valley falls to a 7-4 overall record and 0-3 in league play.
Roach was the overall leading scorer for S.S. Seward as she netted 24 points off seven two pointers, one trey and seven free throws. Her height proved to be a big advantage as she was tightly face guarded throughout the entire game by the Bears' Diana TerBush.
Josely Medina added 13 points for Seward with one trey, three deuces and four free throws.
Mungeer led the Bears in scoring with 18 points off four treys, one deuce and four foul shots. McHugh added nine points with three two pointers and three foul shots. Diana TerBush also had nine points with two treys, one deuce and one foul shot.
In the turnover department Tri-Valley committed 16 to Seward's 13.
“They fought hard and I'm proud of them but two of our starters got in foul trouble and fouled out and they hit those two three pointers at the end which really sunk us,” Tri-Valley coach Gary TerBush said.
“We don't have a chance to win the league now so we now have to put our sights towards the sectionals,” he added.
Seward coach Joe DiMattina remarked, “This was a gutsy win and very physical to say the least and I thought that should have been controlled a little more but I'm not in control of that.”
“Our girls held their own especially at the end and put the game away with two minutes left with those three pointers,” DiMattina said.

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