Add another milestone to Bowling Green recruit Presley Griffitts. The Tecumseh junior scored her 1,000th career point on Saturday night as the Arrows defeated Bellefontaine 86-41 to remain atop of the Central Buckeye Conference.
Griffitts added 10 rebounds and 10 steals, while Corinne Thomas scored 29 points.
Tecumseh is now 6-2 overall including five straight wins.
Also last week, the Arrows jumped out in front of Graham early, and cruised to an easy 94-21 victory over the Falcons behind 36 points from Griffitts, and 29 from Thomas.
“We got up for the game strong, we want to make sure we start every game with the same intensity,” Tecumseh coach Danielle Thomas said. “We did a great job of that and maintained it for three-quarters of the game.”
“We had a lull at the start of the third quarter, but overall it was our defense like usual that led us. It is getting a lot better each game.”
Tecumseh came out right off the start and jumped in front 28-4 after the opening period, and built their lead to 55-12 at the half. Thomas helped set the tone for the Arrows as she had 13 in the first quarter and 24 at the half. Griffitts scored 18 in each half, as she was closing in on 1,000 career points which was hoped to be accomplished in their next game at home.
“Presley scored a lot off the press and it got her a lot of easy looks,” Thomas said. “Her distributing and transition is better than in the past.”
Thomas, who came off a 48-point performance continued her barrage of scoring as her game has improved recently making her a more complete player.
“She is getting better and faster at it, and more confident,” coach Thomas said. “We have seen every sort of defense and if they come to the game engaged and ready to go, those two are tough to defend and they know each other so well.”
While third-leading scorer Macy Berner was unable to play, it was senior Zoey Berner who made the most of her start in the game.
“Zoey is a senior and she stepped into the lineup with nine points,” Thomas said. “She played well in the press and had her first every varsity start.”
After coming off of a big win against Jonathan Alder, which some consider a statement game for the Arrows, Thomas knows good things could be on the horizon for this team.
“It makes it exciting how they played so far and we haven’t peaked yet,” she said. “We need to get better at executing. With that said, against Graham, my girls played the best half of basketball I have seen play in many years.”
Tecumseh heads to Urbana tonight, then returns to action after Christmas with a game December 28 against Sidney.
Tecumseh Boys Basketball- Kenton Ridge used a big first quarter to jump in front of Tecumseh by ten points in their boys’ game on Friday night, but the Arrows used a dominant second half to outscore the Cougars by 19 points en route to a 69-62 win over their CBC opponents on the road last week.
The Cougars maintained a 34-22 lead at the half, only to see the Arrows dominate the second half of play to earn the win.
It was a big night for Clay Maston, as he led the Arrows with 28 points with six three-pointers, five assists and five steals. Easton Lewis also scored in double figures with 16 points and four threes, and Randy Collins poured in 14 points with eight boards and four blocks.
Devin Alltop just missed double figures with nine points and six rebounds.
It was the Arrows second win of the season, and second in league play. They are now 2-0 in the Kenton Trail Division, tied for the lead with three other teams in what looks to be a tight, challenging race for the league title.
Stebbins also defeated Tecumseh 63-58 last week in a non-conference game.
The Arrows host Bellefontaine on Friday night, and Beavercreek comes to town on Saturday evening.