By Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — After Newton’s loss to Tri-Village last week, the Miami East girls basketball team was looking to make its case early on as a contender for the Cross County Conference title.
The Indians, however, had other plans.
Newton (4-1, 2-1 CCC) outscored the Vikings 18-7 in a pivotal third quarter Tuesday night, holding on from there for a 51-46 victory at Miami East — the Vikings’ first loss in CCC play this season.
Maddie Mollette had 15 points, Kaylee Kesler added 11, Elizabeth Carroll scored nine and Aliya Stine eight as the Indians turned a 25-23 deficit at the half into a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Miami East (3-2, 2-1 CCC) fought back in the fourth, but the hole was too big to climb out of.
Haley Howard led all scorers with 18 points for the Vikings, Morgan Haney scored 10 and Kyndall Hellyer added six.
Newton remains on the road Thursday, traveling to Ansonia Thursday. Miami East travels to Bradford Thursday before returning home Saturday to take on defending Division III state champion Versailles.
M-U 52, Northridge 28
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union took control early and never let go Tuesday night, building a 19-point lead by halftime and cruising to a 52-28 victory over Northridge in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Kristen Dickison and Michaela Fullmer each scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs (5-3, 2-1 SWBL Buckeye). Taylor Jacobs added 10 points and Jordan Pricer chipped in six.
Milton-Union hosts Greenville Saturday.
* Boys Basketball
Tipp 59, Graham 33
ST. PARIS — The Tippecanoe boys basketball team led from start to finish Tuesday, jumping out to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and putting the game away with a big third to win 59-33 at Graham in Central Buckeye Conference crossover play.
Thirteen different Red Devils put points on the board, and no one player was in double figures in the team effort. Zach Bonifas scored nine points, Joe Tesch scored eight, Aaron Hughes added seven and Jakob Prall scored six to lead the way.
Tippecanoe (2-2) led 31-15 at halftime before outscoring the Falcons (0-5) 23-9 in the third quarter to seal the win, playing stellar defense all night long.
The Devils will look to start a winning streak Friday night at Stebbins in CBC Kenton Trail play.
FM 55, M-U 46
PITSBURG — Milton-Union did everything right except put the ball in the basket on a regular basis.
The Bulldogs recovered from a rough shooting performance in the first half at Franklin Monroe Tuesday, cutting what had been a 13-point halftime deficit to only two points with seven minutes to play. But the hole proved to be too big to dig out of as the Jets hit their free throws late and held on for a 55-46 victory.
“We looked at the numbers — 16 offensive rebounds to four for them, we forced 22 turnovers — and we won every category except that we just didn’t shoot the ball well,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “At the end of the day, the name of the game is putting the ball in the hoop. Still, though, my kids fought until the end.
“We dug a bit of a hole early. They wanted to take our bigs away and dared us to shoot — and we just didn’t knock down shots early. We were 2 for 16 from 3 in the first half, and we’re better shooters than that.”
The Bulldogs shows it, too, getting to within two points with 7:00 left. Franklin Monroe (1-2) pushed the lead back to 11, but Milton-Union refused to give in.
“We got it down to five with about a minute to go, and we missed a layup with about 20 seconds left that would’ve cut it to three,” Berner said. “The kids fought hard.”
Blake Smith scored 18 points and had five rebounds to lead Milton-Union and Tommy Smith added 14 points, hitting four 3s in the fourth quarter. Eric Swartz had eight points and 12 rebounds and Blake Ullery scored four.
Milton-Union travels to Preble Shawnee for a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division showdown Friday night before heading to Miami East on Saturday for a postseason rematch from last year.
Other scores: Wapakoneta 71, Piqua 54.
TROY — The Troy girls bowling team won its fifth straight to begin the season, defeating Wayne 2,218-2,097 Tuesday at Troy bowl. The Trojan boys, meanwhile, fell just short, falling to the Warriors 2,232-2,136.
A’leigha Smith and Rachel Darrow both topped the 400 mark on the day to lead the girls (5-0). Smith rolled 233-179—412 and Darrow rolled 192-214—406 to lead the way, Jenna Stone rolled 189-199—388, Kirsten McMullen rolled 159-158—317, Jennica Funderburg added a 190 game and Alyssa Shilt a 127.
Aaron Stone led the boys (1-4), rolling 210-170—380. Jason Shiltz rolled 199-178—377, A.J. Kendall rolled 174-187—361, Landon Flory rolled 181-167—348 and Hayden Jackson rolled 147-160—307.
Troy hosts Fairborn Thursday at Troy Bowl.
MIAMISBURG — Tippecanoe’s boys picked up their first victory of the season Tuesday, edging Miamisburg 2,112-2,004, while the Red Devil girls fell to the Vikings 1,874-1,334.
Nick Lanham had the high game and series for the Tippecanoe boys (1-2) with a 243 game and 446 series, while Charles Jaynes added 226-187—413.
Tippecanoe’s girls (0-3) were led by Mary Kate Lee with a 181 game and 301 series, with Ashlyn Herzog adding 138-121—259.
Tippecanoe hosts Greenon Wednesday at Troy Bowl.
COVINGTON — The Covington and Versailles wrestling teams threw their postseason experience at each other all night, but in the end the Tigers picked up enough victories to claim a 35-22 victory over the Buccaneers in a dual at Covington.
Covington state qualifier Lance Miller (160) started things off with a 16-4 major decision over district placer Corey Dieringer, but Jonathan Moorman (152) followed with a 7-3 win over Deron White and Bo Bey (182) pinned Covington’s Joey Schmelzer. Brandon Magee (195) won an 11-2 major over Jacob Rismiller to get the Buccs back on track, but three straight Versailles wins at 220, 285 and 106 gave the Tigers control.
Connor Ryan (113) won a 14-4 victory over Versailles’ Marcus Marshall, but Preston Platfoot defeated Coleman Ryan (120) 7-5. Covington’s Jared Ford (125) defeated Steven Mangen 6-0, but Versailles’ Kyle Wuebker (132) edged Keringten Martin 6-4 to halt the momentum.
Covingtons state player Ryan Ford (138) scored a 13-5 major over state alternate Tanner Bey and Josh Sowers (145) defeated Taylor Gigandet 6-1, but Gage DeHart fell to Nathan Henry in the final match of the night.
Covington is back in action Dec. 16, hosting Mechanicsburg.
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