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March 10, 2013

REGION XIV CONFERENCE WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT: Hello, Kansas! (w/box score)

National tournament in sight as TVCC beats Blinn, 69-58

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“Some of that stuff came late and these girls are very well coached,” Lovato said. “I give them all of the credit in the world for not backing down to us and I look forward to future battles with them.”

Trinity Valley came out determined on the defensive end in the first 20 minutes of play and held their biggest lead of the half at, 25-10, with 3:39 remaining. TVCC’s Roddricka Patton found a wide open Krystle Henderson along the three-point stripe as she drained one of her three three-pointers in the game.

“I was very impressed with the way that my group came out in the first half,” Lovato said. “We were able to hold Blinn off of the offensive boards and to defend the way that we did which was very disciplined.”

Blinn was able to cut into the first half deficit heading into the locker room as Parker drained a jumper with 38 seconds remaining for the 31-18 deficit.

“That was definitely one of our keys was to keep all of their shooters in front of us and not give them good looks at the basket. I think it was very important for us because we didn’t want the same thing that happened to us the last time happen again,” TVCC freshman Kyhonta Doughty said. “We wanted to come out here and not have any mistakes or have any major turnovers.”

Allen said making sure her and her teammates were in the right mindset was a big key to the success of the team Saturday afternoon.

“Our mindset was we were going to come out here and play harder than we did the first two games,” Allen said. “Once we got our mindset on the game and got on that big run, we were able to keep it going and not let down.”

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