NAUGATUCK, W.Va. – For the second time in the same week the Tug Valley Panthers (5-7) hosted one of the No. 1 ranked team in West Virginia as the top ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish out of Clarksburg made the long trip down to the TVHS Gymnasium for the Saturday evening affair.
The result was the same for the Panthers as their matchup on Tuesday when they fell to No. 1 Chapmanville as the Irish rolled from start to finish and walked away with the 74-43 win.
Notre Dame (10-1) is led by former WVU star Jarrod West and came out of the locker rooms firing as they built a 22-12 lead after the first eight minutes of play to take control of the game early on.
Coach Edwyn May and the Panthers would settle down in the second frame defensively to keep themselves in the game as they held the Irish to only 12 points but they were only able to muster 12 points of their own as the score read 34-24 going into the break.
The third quarter was not kind to Tug Valley however as they went ice cold from the floor in the period and only scored six points on 1-19 shooting as Notre Dame built a commanding 52-30 lead going into the fourth.
The Irish would continue to pile it on in the final eight minutes as they posted another 22 point quarter and held Tug Valley to just 13 as they clinched the 74-43 victory.
The Panthers would fail to have a player to reach double figures as sophomores Caleb May and Ian Reed both scored nine as did freshman Ethan Colegrove. May dished out five assist and grabbed five boards while Colegrove grabbed seven rebounds.
Sophomore Easton Davis followed them with eight points of his own, while sophomore Tyler Chaffin and freshman Zach Savage each tossed in four to round out the scoring for TV.
The Irish would have a balanced attack landing five different players in double-figures led by Gabe Zummo’s 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Nathan Helm also recorded a double-double finishing with 13 points and 10 boards.
Freshman Jaidyn West, the son of coach West and brother of current Marshall starting guard Jarrod West Jr., added 12 points and five rebounds while Elijah Goodman scored 11 and Joel Maurer tossed in 10 and ripped down seven rebounds.
For the game Tug Valley could never find their groove shooting the ball as they only hit 16-68 shots good for only 24 percent while ND hit 26-65 for 40 percent. They also out-rebounded Tug Valley by 20, grabbing 43 to the Panthers 23.
Before the start of the game the coach Frankie Smith and the 1999 Class AA State Championship Tug Valley Panthers were honored as 2019 marks 20 years since they captured the school’s first ever state title with a win over Bluefield in the title game.
The loss drops the young Tug Valley team to 5-7 on the season as they have been extremely battle-tested in the early going, but their schedule lightens up in the coming weeks with some winnable games.
They were back in action last night against sectional foe Huntington St. Joe and will also return to action on Friday night as they play Ravenswood in the King Coal Classic at the Logan Fieldhouse on Friday in a 5:30 p.m. start.
Ravenswood of course is a perennial Class A power and defeated Tug Valley last March in the Class A state semifinals at the Charleston Civic Center. They are led by legendary coach Mick Price, but have struggled so far this season starting off 3-10.
NDHS (10-1): 22 12 18 22 – 74
TVHS (5-7): 12 12 6 13 – 43
Notre Dame: G. Zummo 20, N. Helm 13, J. West 12, E. Goodman 11, J. Maurer 10, T. Hardesty 4, E. Gordon 2, J. Hardman 1, J. Frazier 1.
Tug Valley: I. Reed 9, C. May 9, E. Colegrove 9, E. Davis 8, T. Chaffin 4, Z. Savage 4.
Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.