Tiger girls win in OT, fourth-ranked boys dominate as New London sweeps Danville
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — It was a great day to be a New London basketball fan on Tuesday night.
The Tigers pulled off a huge sweep of rival Danville in their first matchups of the year. The girls pulled out a 54-49 win in overtime and the fourth-ranked boys cruised to a 73-53 victory.
The Tiger girls had a hard time scoring in the first half. New London trailed, 9-6, after one period and 20-11 at halftime. Ashley Birdsell was the only Tiger to hit multiple field goals in the first half and led New London with four points at the break.
The game looked to be slipping away in the third quarter as the Tigers stayed cold and trailed by as much as 13, at 28-15. New London was able to score the final eight points of the quarter, however, and it was 28-23 after three.
New London went on a huge run in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bears 17-6 over the first seven minutes to take a 40-34 lead with just one minute remaining.
Danville was able to come back in the final ticks however, and forced overtime, at 43-43.
New London re-harnessed their fourth quarter energy in the extra period, winning it 11-6, and taking the first game of the doubleheader.
Breanna Mettler led the Tiger girls with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half and overtime.
Madysen Wahls had 12 points in the win. Alisha Boles scored 11. Camryn Blint had nine. Birdsell finished with six and Addy Kellen scored two.
The No. 4 New London boys followed with a dominant win over a Danville team that was ranked in the AP top 10 just one week ago.
The Tiger offense was on fire in the first half. New London outscored their rivals 16-10 in the first quarter and 26-11 in the second quarter to take a 42-21 lead into the break.
Danville was able to stay with the Tigers in the second half but the damage was done and New London walked away with a 20-point victory, holding on to first place in the SEISC South Division.
Mason Porter had another huge game, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ben Dentlinger had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also led the team with five blocks.
Isaac McSorley had 13 points and four steals in the win. Keontae Luckett had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Alex Dentlinger scored nine points and Justin Henecke had seven.
The Tiger girls moved to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play with the win. The boys’ team remains unbeaten, at 6-0 both overall and in the conference.
The Tigers will travel to Holy Trinity for their next doubleheader on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The girls will start things off at 6 p.m., with the boys following.