ARTHUR — For the second consecutive year, the Tri-County girls basketball team took the Little Okaw Valley Tourney championship 60-27 over the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond Knights Wednesday at Arthur High School.
When it comes to the history of the current Little Okaw Valley Conference format in girls basketball, there have been two teams constantly at the top of the pecking order. For several years, the Tri-County Titans and the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights have been the standard bearers winning their respective divisions and facing off during the regular season bringing some of the best basketball into the area.
Wednesday night these two great teams clashed once again.
Having won their respective divisional tournaments last week, the Titans and Knights took to the floor in Arthur after having to wait four days due to a snowstorm that canceled last Saturday’s scheduled contest. The Titans defeated the Knights on their home floor earlier in the season.
After building a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, the Titans ramped up the heat, outscoring the Knights 41-14 in the second and third quarters to take a commanding and insurmountable 57-24 lead going into the fourth period. Tri-County eased their way to a 60-27 win and their second straight LOVC crown. Four Titans players reached double figures with even distribution of the scoring as Tayler Barry led the way with 14 points and five assists while Kiersten Price-Wilson scored 13 points in the paint. Harley Barry finished with 11 points, six steals, and five assists and Bella Dudley added 10 points off the bench. Grace Burnside scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in the victory.