By Josh Brown
DAYTON — Troy’s Rachel Darrow was the best bowler in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Saturday.
As in the entire GWOC.
Darrow rolled 233-224-232—689 — the best series by any bowler, girl or boy, on the day at the preseason GWOC Tournament at Poelking South — helping the Trojan girls bowling team qualify second behind Centerville into the head-to-head round with a 3,748. Once there, the Trojans swept Miamisburg 3-0, defeated Fairborn 3-1 and swept Centerville 3-0 to win the tournament.
Jenna Stone also made the all-tournament team, rolling 194-203-179—576, A’leigha Smith rolled 202-188-134—524, Kirsten McMullen rolled 137-189-161—487, Allysa Shilt rolled 143-133 and Cassidy McMullen rolled 163.
Once into the head-to-head round, Troy easily swept Miamisburg 175-146, 194-140 and 145-96. Against Fairborn — which Troy only defeated by one pin earlier this week — Troy won 185-156, 181-133, 138-182, 154-138. And against Centerville, Troy won handily 180-174, 182-173 and 192-103.
The Troy boys struggled on the day, finishing 12th with 3,084. Aaron Stone led the Trojans with 168-167-133—468, Hayden Jackson rolled 160-153-124—437, Jason Shiltz rolled 161-123-151—435, A.J. Kendall rolled 122-156-153—431 and Landon Flory rolled 125-123-113—361.
Troy bowls next at Xenia Tuesday.
* Boys Basketball
MV 63, TC 59
UNION CITY — Troy Christian suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.
But Eagles boys basketball coach Ray Zawadzki found the way it played out uplifting.
“We were down by 25 with 11 or 12 minutes left,” he said of the Troy Christian’s 63-59 loss at Mississinawa Valley. “What the kids displayed tonight is a quality that is hard to coach or teach. We fought back and tied the game, then we were down two and had the ball, drew up a play for a 3 and it got tipped out of bounds. Those are kind of tough breaks to handle at the end, but you can’t deny the kids’ effort.
“We may have lost this battle, but I think we’ll win the war.”
Jacob Brown and Chase Hayden both posted career highs in the game, with Brown leading the way with 14 points and Hayden scoring 12, while James Anderson added 11 as the Eagles (3-1) hit eight 3-pointers in the second half to get back into the game.
The night before, Troy Christian held off Xenia Christian by four points thanks to Seth Wynne’s 20-point effort.
“Seth was really sick this week, and he gave us a really valiant effort Friday,” Zawadzki said. “We were behind the 8-ball all game tonight. The 10 boys we have on the team have all bought in and have each other’s backs.”
Troy Christian travels to Dayton Christian Saturday.
Northmont 69, Troy 53
CLAYTON — The Troy Trojans (2-3) dropped their second straight on the road Saturday, starting slow for the second straight night, trailing by 11 after the first quarter and never recovering in a 69-53 loss at Northmont.
Northmont (4-1) outscored Troy 16-5 in the first quarter, but that gap remained unchanged at halftime, with Troy trailing 33-22. The Thunderbolts added seven to the lead with a 19-12 third quarter to put the game away for good.
Troy hosts Trotwood Friday.
Other scores: Bradford 75, Xenia Christian 64.
* Girls Basketball
Troy 38 OT
CLAYTON — After a hot start by Troy, Northmont spent the rest of Saturday’s game fighting its way back, eventually taking the Trojans into overtime. Once there, the Trojans were outscored 10-2 by the Thunderbolts, and Northmont christened its new gym with a 46-38 overtime victory.
Troy (2-5) only allowed two points in the first quarter, taking an 11-2 lead. But the T-bolts (4-3) outscored the Trojans 14-8 in the second and 6-1 in the third to take the lead, but the score was tied 36-36 after regulation.
Freshman Kiyha Adkins led the Trojans with nine points, Bailey Hess added eight and Sierra Besecker and Alaura Holycross each scored six.
Denissa Sly led Northmont with 14 points and Erin Mangen hit three 3s and scored nine.
Troy will next compete in Miami East’s Barnball Classic on Saturday and Sunday, beginning with a matchup against Covington Saturday.
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