BOURBON – Two talented girls basketball teams both in need of a win got together at Triton Wednesday night.
In the end, it was the host Trojans who walked out of the gym with that much-needed victory.
Standout Kylie Mason led the way as Triton held off Tippecanoe Valley for a 55-48 win in non-conference play.
Mason tossed in a game-high 21 points and led the outside shooting performance by the Trojans that proved to be the difference in the close contest. Mason hit 4-5 attempts from 3-point range in the win.
The Trojans, who had lost three of their last four games, dialed in from long distance. The hosts hit on 8-17 shots from 3-point land. Valley finished just 3-12 from deep in the game.
Triton, now 4-3 on the season, led 16-9 after the opening period and 27-24 at halftime. The hosts led just 39-37 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Vikings 16-11 in the final frame.
Taylor Hatfield scored 12 points and hit on 3-6 shots from 2-point range for the winners. Mallorie Jennings had 10 points and eight rebounds and Krystal Sellers six points for coach Adam Heckaman’s Trojans.
Freshman Anne Secrest continued her outstanding season to lead Valley. The center poured in 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Vikings.
Caylie Teel, who has been battling injuries, had a strong game too with 15 points and six rebounds for coach Chris Kindig’s Valley squad. Cara Hoffman scored seven points and Kelsey Ball collected nine rebounds for the Vikings.
Valley lost its fourth straight game in a very tough stretch of its schedule to fall to 3-4.
Triton shot 18-49 overall from the field, including their fine 8-17 mark on 3-pointers. Valley was 18-51 from the field and 3-12 on threes. The Trojans were 11-21 from the free throw line and the Vikings were 9-18.
Both teams return to conference play on Friday night. Triton plays at Bremen in Northern State Conference action and Valley travels to North Miami for a Three Rivers Conference contest.