By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
TROY — Troy Christian’s first two conference games of the season have been against the two toughest teams it will face.
And Monday, the Eagle girls basketball team couldn’t bounce back from last week’s loss to preseason favorite Miami Valley, with the offense going silent for one costly quarter in a 41-29 loss against visiting Metro Buckeye Conference rival Dayton Christian.
Troy Christian (3-2, 0-2 MBC) were competitive with the Warriors (2-3, 1-2 MBC) for three of the quarters Monday night. The score was tied 6-6 after the first before Dayton Christian put together an 18-8 second quarter to pull ahead. The Warriors only added two points to that lead in the third, though, carrying a 33-21 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Eagles could never get on a run of their own as the Warriors piled up 23 steals on defense in the game.
Arden Kamentz led the Eagles with 13 points, Hailey Peters added eight points and 13 rebounds and Lauryn Lavy had six points and eight rebounds.
“We struggled with Dayton Christian’s pressure,” Troy Christian coach Dick Steineman said. “They were a very tall and athletic group of kids. We will learn from this experience, and we will get better.”
Kiana Klein led the Warriors with 13 points off the bench.
Troy Christian travels to Franklin Monroe Monday.
Fairborn 39, Piqua 25
Coming off two of their toughest games all season, the Piqua girls basketball team responded in a big way with Fairborn visiting for Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover action Monday night.
Playing their best game of the season, the Indians trailed by just four with five minutes to go before losing the game 39-25.
“We could have had this game,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “We really could have.”
When Mikayla Schaffner scored with 5:20 to go, Piqua trailed just 29-25. Schaffner had all 11 Piqua points in the second half, but the Indians would not score again.
“It is not like we didn’t have opportunities,” Gillespie said. “I could ask any more from these kids as a far as effort goes. They really played hard.”
Courtney Mustard had six points down the stretch and Kaylie Cook added four as Fairborn finished the game on a 10-0 run.
“Maybe I just need to do a better job of rotating bodies,” Gillespie said. “We are down on numbers and have three people down (hurt), but we have to find a way to give everybody a break.”
Mikayla Schaffner led Piqua with 13 points and Macie Schaffner added nine.
Evelyn Oktavec paced Fairborn with 11, while Mustard and Cook both scored eight.
Fairborn improved to 2-4, while Piqua dropped to 0-4. Piqua will travel to Fairmont Wednesday.
MASON — The Troy and Tippecanoe swimming teams opened the season strong at the Mason Invitational Saturday, with one Red Devil capturing an individual championship against high-level competition.
Tippecanoe’s Ryan Wall won the 100 backstroke (57.41 seconds), the top finish among the local swimmers. Wall was also seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:00.26), Ben Jans was eighth in the 500 free (5:55.81), Matthew Poynter was 16th in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.95) and the 400 free relay team was seventh (3:54.52).
For Troy’s boys, Tristan West finished tied for third in the 50 free (23.44 seconds) and was 15th in the 100 fly (1:05.31), Jared Liew was fourth in the 100 IM (1:02.24) and ninth in the 100 back (1:01.62), Mitch Orozco was fourth in the 200 free (1:58.81) and 11th in the 100 fly (1:01.62), Calvin Armstrong was 11th in the 200 free (2:05.87) and Jackson Armstrong was 11th in the 500 free (6:04.82). The 400 free relay team was second (3:36.24) and the 200 medley team was seventh (1:53.35).
Tippecanoe’s girls also had a solid day. Alexis Cook was fifth in the 200 free (2:15.02) and 15th in the 100 fly (1:12.27), Samantha Williams was fifth in the 100 fly (1:07.56) and sixth in the 100 breast (1:20.46), Anna Klepinger was 11th in the 100 IM (1:13.21) and 12th in the 100 breast (1:21.96), Carsyn Woltz was seventh in the 100 breast (1:20.49), the 400 free relay team was sixth (4:19.03) and the 200 medley team was sixth (2:07.17).
Troy’s Katie Castaneda was the lone placer for the Trojan girls, finishing 13th in the 200 free (2:19.89).
SPRINGFIELD — The Covington wrestling team won all four of its duals on Saturday at the Northeastern Invitational to win the tournament with a 7-0 overall record. The Buccaneers opened with a 57-18 victory over Northwestern, followed by a 59-9 win over Springfield Shawnee. They then defeated Northeastern, 59-24, before finishing with a 52-24 victory over Urbana to win the tournament.
Finishing in first place with 7-0 records were Jared Ford (132, three pins), Josh Sowers (145, two pins), Gage DeHart (152, three pins), Deron White (160, three pins), Lance Miller (170, five pins) and Joey Schmelzer (182, two pins). Coleman Ryan (120, pin) finished 3-0, but was unable to wrestle on Saturday. Taking second place with 6-1 records were Connor Ryan (113, three pins), Brandon Magee (195, four pins) and Seth Thomas (285, two pins). Riley Richards (126, pin) and Carl Lankford (285, pin) both finished in third with 5-2 records.
Also competing well and winning matches for the Buccs were Chris Triplett, Parker Dysinger, Bryce Keiser, Keringten Martin, Gavin McReynolds, Ross Bowman and Ian Wilson.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter. Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334.