By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy’s four-game losing streak to begin the season is quickly becoming a distant memory.
It is a new year, after all.
Bailey Hess had her second straight big game, the Trojans had their best night shooting the basketball in recent memory and the Troy girls basketball team won its third straight Monday night, routing Greenville 56-28 to improve to 5-6 on the season, 2-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.
Hess — who scored 24 points in the Trojans’ win over Piqua to close out the 2015 portion of the schedule — led the way again with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kayla Niswonger added 12 points off the bench and Alaura Holycross had eight points and four rebounds.
The score was tied 9-9 after the first quarter, but the Trojans took control with a 17-1 second-quarter performance and outscored the Green Wave (2-10, 0-1 GWOC North) 30-18 in the second half to put the game away.
Hess also hit four of the Trojans’ six 3-pointers in the game as Troy shot 6 for 12 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. Overall, the Trojans were 23 for 43 (53.5 percent) from the field — easily their best shooting performance of this season. It was Troy’s third straight game over 50 points and the fourth time this season that the Trojans have broken that mark, too — they only hit 50 once all of last season.
Alexis Otstot added six points off the bench, hit the Trojans’ other two 3s, Bailey Dornbusch added six points and two assists, Maddy Taylor had three points and seven rebounds and Jenna Kaup had two points and three assists.
Cassie Cromwell led Greenville with 10 points.
Troy travels to Trotwood Wednesday looking for its fourth straight win — and third straight in the the GWOC North.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union’s winning streak hit six games Monday night — but the latest was arguably the most impressive.
After falling behind by nine to visiting Covington early, the Bulldogs fought back, outscoring a talented Buccaneer team 18-10 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 51-45 victory.
“This is a big win for us tonight. I’m so proud of my girls right now,” Milton-Union coach Katie Roose said. “We played from behind for a large portion of the game, so for us to be able to get ourselves out of that hole was huge.
“We didn’t take our first lead until late in the third quarter, and we were down by two going into the fourth. In the fourth, we were able to knock down some big shots and hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.”
Jordan Pricer led the Bulldogs (10-3) with 11 points and five steals despite a scary play to end the first half.
“Jordan was incredible tonight,” Roose said. “I went into halftime not even sure if we were going to have her for the second because her knee buckled on a fast break layup literally to end the half. She battled through that injury, as well as exhaustion due to an illness, to lead us tonight. She showed great perseverance and senior leadership tonight.”
Madeline Brown scored all 10 of her points in the second half and added four assists, Taylor Jacobs had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Liz Renner added six points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs, who play at Preble Shawnee Thursday.
Sammi Whiteman and Jessie Crowell led the Buccs (9-4) with 14 points apiece and Brooke Gostomsky added 10. Covington hosts Bethel Thursday.
Troy Christian 38,
Xenia Christian 27
TROY — Troy Christian (6-3, 2-3 Metro Buckeye Conference) got payback for a loss earlier this season — and handed Xenia Christian its first MBC loss in the process — defeating the Ambassadors 38-27 Monday night at Troy Christian.
Back on Dec. 19, the Ambassadors (10-2, 4-1 MBC) defeated the Eagles 55-37.
Troy Christian will look for its third straight MBC win Thursday at Middletown Christian.
SPRINGFIELD — Bethel couldn’t overcome a slow start Monday night, but Northeastern did, holding on for a 41-32 victory after both teams combined for only six first-quarter points.
Northeastern (7-3) led only 4-2 after the first quarter but built an 18-10 halftime lead. Bethel (5-6) cut the deficit to 27-23 going into the fourth, but the Bees were outscored 14-9 in the fourth to put the game away.
Becky Schwieterman led the Bees with 12 points, Alaina Hawthorn added 11 and Kayla Grable chipped in five.
Bethel travels to Covington Thursday.
PLEASANT HILL — Russia started hot Monday night against Newton and the Indians couldn’t bounce back, falling to the Raiders 52-40 at home.
The Indians (7-4) fell behind by 12 after one quarter at 20-8, and Russia (6-6) built a 37-19 halftime lead. Newton outscored the Raiders 21-15 in the second half, but it simply wasn’t enough.
Tatum McBride scored 20 points to lead the Indians. Maddie Mollette added eight and Aliya Stine scored six.
Newton travels to Tri-County North Thursday.
Urbana 47, Piqua 32
URBANA — Urbana’s Kathryn Curnette had a monster game Monday night, piling up 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hillclimbers (4-8) past Piqua (2-10) 47-32.
Mikayla Shaffner led the Indians with 10 points and nine rebounds.
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Troy Christian 30
BRANDT — For a quarter, Troy Christian held Bethel’s potent offense in check by shutting down point guard Caleb South.
After that, though, the rest of the Bees stepped up, throwing a monkey wrench into the Eagles’ plans. And in the end, the Bethel boys basketball team had more weapons in a 59-30 victory Monday at Bethel.
The Bees (8-2) only led 6-4 after the first quarter thanks to the Eagle defense, but Troy Christian couldn’t capitalize on the other end. Ian Anderson and Nate Rimkus both got hot from outside after that, and Bethel put together a 23-11 second quarter to take a 14-point halftime lead and never looked back.
“They ran a box-and-one on Caleb, and that caught us off guard,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “But Ian hit four 3s and Nate hit 3 — both of those guys can knock them down if left open, and that’s exactly what they did. And everyone played aggressive on the defensive end and was very active. This was a good team win.”
South still finished with 16 points to lead all scorers and added five assists. Ian Anderson had 14 points and five rebounds, Rimkus scored nine points and Tyler Terry had eight points and seven rebounds. Jesse Nickell had five points and Jacob Evans had four points and four steals.
Seth Wynne led the Eagles (4-5) with nine points, Chase Hayden added eight and Hayden Hartman scored six off the bench.
Bethel returns to Cross County Conference play Friday at Tri-County North, while Troy Christian will look to snap its four-game skid Friday at Middletown Christian.
VANDALIA — The Tippecanoe boys bowling team (3-8) began 2016 with a 2,721-2,478 loss to Butler, while the Red Devil girls (1-9) fell to the Aviators despite rolling their best score of the season, 2,271-1,883.
Wyatt Wilson had the high series and game for the Tippecanoe boys, rolling a 234 game and 403 series. Nick Lanham added a 231 game and Ethan Joseph had a 197.
Jessica Goodson rolled a 318 series to lead the girls, while Mary Kate Lee added a 161 game.
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