By Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — Miami East got off to such a fast start Friday, it could have stopped after one quarter.
The Viking girls basketball team outscored visiting Dayton Christian 32-4 in the first quarter alone, building a 37-point halftime lead and coasting to a 70-39 victory to open the season Friday night at home.
“The girls played really well tonight,” Miami East coach Bruce Vanover said. “The girls got out fast, pushed the ball in transition and shot the ball really well. We had 21 assists as a team and 16 steals, shot 50 percent from the field, eight different girls scored and we got a lot of players some playing time. It was a great way to start off the season.”
Haley Howard led the Vikings (1-0) with a double-double, piling up a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bailey Miller added 13 points, Morgan Haney had 10 points and nine assists, Megan Thompson had eight points and six assists and Megan Kinnison had eight points.
Miami East traveled to Butler Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press.
Bethel 38, Piqua 27
PIQUA — Bethel got off to a slow start Saturday, but once it got rolling there was little a young Piqua team could do to slow it down as the Bees kicked off the season with a 38-27 victory at Piqua.
The Indians (0-1) outscored the Bees 7-3 in the first quarter, but by halftime Bethel held a 17-12 lead and would not look back.
“All June and during our scrimmages, we’ve been talking about taking it to the next level,” Bethel coach Mark Mays said. “That means cutting down on our turnovers — today we only had seven — taking care of the ball and taking the right shots. Today, that all seemed to come together.”
Senior Tia Koewler led the Bees (1-0) with 11 points, Alaina Hawthorn scored nine, Becky Scheiterman scored eight — six on putbacks — Kristen Bowman and Kayla Grable each added four and Morgan Cress scored two.
Bethel travels to Bradford Tuesday.
Houston 43 OT
HOUSTON — Covington survived an opening-night scare Friday night as Brooke Gostomsky and Jordan Crowell both hit big 3s to help the Buccaneers force overtime, where they took the advantage early and held on to win 44-43 at Houston.
Jessie Crowell led the Buccs (1-0) with 16 points, Gostomsky added eight and Rayna Horner scored seven.
Covington hosted Fairlawn Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press.
Bradford 45, NT 27
NEW PARIS — Two Railroaders posted double-doubles Friday night as Bradford (1-0) opened up the season with an impressive 45-27 victory over Cross County Conference foe National Trail on the road.
Mackenzie Weldy had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Mandi Bates added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the ‘Roaders. Olivia Hart added six points and Kelly Moore scored five.
Bradford traveled to Russia Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press.
Other Friday scores: Xenia Christian 37, Lehman 23.
NEW CARLISLE — Troy’s girls bowling team was able to hold off a tough Tecumseh squad Friday afternoon in its season opener, winning on the road 2,294-2,195. The Trojans boys, meanwhile, shot a score that they only topped once all of last season, but the Arrows posted a solid score and were able to hold on for a 2,844-2,621 victory.
Jenna Stone led Troy’s girls (1-0) with the high game and high series, bowling 165-210—375. Rachel Darrow followed with 182-177—359, A’leigha Smith bowled 163-179—342, Kirsten McMullen bowled 178-161—339, Jennica Funderburg added a 155 game and Sierra Brown added a 125.
For the boys (0-1), Hayden Jackson led the way, nearly reaching the 500-series mark with a 232-253—485. Landon Flory bowled 222-230—452, Aaron Stone bowled 190-185—375, Jason Shiltz bowled 194-150—344 and A.J. Kendall bowled 209-125—334.
Troy is off until Dec. 1 when the boys and girls host Fairmont at Troy Bowl.
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