By Baylen Hite
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PLYMOUTH — Defense wins championships, or so the saying goes.
Nine games into the 2023-24 season and Tippecanoe Valley Girls Basketball (8-1) hopes that will remain true come postseason. Their defensive grit was on display Thursday night at Plymouth (4-4) in their 47-33 win over the Pilgrims Thursday Night.
The Vikings made a crucial switch on defense late in the game that turned the tide. After entering the fourth quarter leading by just four points 35-31, head coach Chris Kindig made the decision to switch to man defense.
That switch worked wonders in the game. The Vikings didn’t allow a single Plymouth field goal in the final frame. The only points scored came late on a pair of free throws.
“Plymouth did a good job of not speeding their game up to play with us, I felt like a switch to man would change that and help us when the game got within four,” Kindig said after the game.
Valley was led in scoring by Ava Egolf’s 16 points. She now has 4 games this season of 10 points or more scored. Carlee Snyder was great off the bench with 11 points.
Notes from the Win
- With the win Tippecanoe Valley finished the month of November with a record of (8-1).
- Starting with the game against Plymouth Valley will go on a stretch of 4 total away games before returning home on Dec. 16.
- The Vikings defensive average is at 30 points per game. That mark is the 22nd lowest in the state among all teams.
The Lady Vikings return to action on Wednesday at Triton. You can listen to both the JV and Varsity games on 107.3 WRSW and 1073wrsw.com. Pregame will start around 6 p.m. with the Legendary Rita Price and Baylen Hite.