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Tug Valley races past Notre Dame

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 01:03 AM

CHARLESTON — All it took was one huge quarter on Wednesday for Tug Valley to show why it's the No. 1 team in Class A.

The Panthers used a run at the end of the first half to seize momentum, then outscored Notre Dame 29-5 in the third quarter to turn a one-possession game into a 87-62 rout in the Class A quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

"Eventually, our press started to wear on them just a bit," Tug Valley coach Garland Thompson said. "We got some turnovers and some baskets in transition."

The guard combination of Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome were strong throughout for the Panthers, who scored 37 of 42 points in a 10:12 stretch from the 2:12 mark of the second quarter until the end of the third quarter.

Newsome ended the game with 25 points and seven steals while Brewer had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

Notre Dame was riddled with turnovers during the run, and those turnovers led to transition opportunities finished by the Panthers.

The game's turning point came in the final portion of the first half when the Panthers took over.

Notre Dame trailed just 30-27 after a pair of free throws from Justin Goff.

However, the Irish had a charge and an airball each result in baskets on the opposite end and the Panthers ended the first half with an 8-0 run to increase the lead to double-digits at the break.

"I thought for the most part in the first half, we stuck with them," Notre Dame coach Jarrod West said. "A few untimely turnovers right before the half kind of put us behind the eight ball."

The run at the end of the half was similar to the one seen at the end of the first quarter when Tug Valley took the lead for good.

The Panthers started out slow from the field and Notre Dame jumped out to a 7-2 lead.

However, Newsome and Brewer got going from the floor and Tug Valley ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run in the final 1:18 to lead 16-11 at the end of one.

Brewer's court vision was huge in both runs as Tug Valley's leader made the extra pass underneath to wide-open teammates for layups in transition.

"I like to try and get my team involved first because once I drive and kick out and get them some open shots, then I try to drive and kick out and they start to try to defend and it gets me open layups," Brewer said.

The biggest difference was turnover margin. When Notre Dame made mistakes, Tug Valley made the Irish pay.

The Panthers had 17 points off of 10 Notre Dame turnovers in the first half while Notre Dame had just four points off three Tug Valley miscues.

For the game, Tug Valley ended with 42 points off turnovers.

Hayden Sturgell added 12 points while Thomas Baisden netted 10 in the win for the Panthers.

Justin Goff led Notre Dame with 14 while Cal Cistaro added 13.

Tug Valley advances to the semifinals where the Panthers will meet the Greater Beckley Christian-Tucker County winner at 1 p.m. Friday.

NOTRE DAME 11 16 5 30 -- 62: Cistaro 5-9 3-4 13, Petrucci 2-2 1-1 6, Goff 4-12 4-4 14, Ridgway 1-7 0-0 3, Morrison 1-3 0-0 3, McKinsey 0-0 0-0 0, Chafin 3-6 0-0 8, Wilson 1-1 0-0 2, Sestito 1-2 0-0 3, Miller 0-0 2-3 2, Demary 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 3-4 0-0 8. Totals: 21-47 10-12 62.

TUG VALLEY 16 22 29 20 -- 87: Muncy 1-2 0-0 2, M.Newsome 8-16 7-8 25, Brewer 8-13 3-3 19, T.Baisden 5-7 0-3 10, Dillon 1-3 0-0 2, K.Newsome 0-2 0-0 0, S.Marcum 0-0 0-0 0, Workman 0-0 2-2 2, Kitchen 0-1 0-0 0, Hager 0-0 0-0 0, Sturgell 5-6 0-1 12, Copley 0-2 1-2 1, A.Baisden 3-3 1-5 7, Blankenship 1-1 0-0 3, D.Marcum 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 34-59 14-24 87.

3-point goals: Notre Dame 10-27 (Chafin 2-3, Brown 2-3, Goff 2-7, Petrucci 1-1, Morrison 1-2, Sestito 1-2, Ridgway 1-7, Cistaro 0-1, Demary 0-1). Tug Valley 5-11 (Sturgell 2-2, M.Newsome 2-5, Blankenship 1-1, Muncy 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Kitchen 0-1). Rebounds: Notre Dame 31 (Cistaro 9), Tug Valley 28 (Brewer 6).

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