By Josh Brown
BRANDT — Last year as a freshman, Bethel’s Caleb South looked like a future star.
With each game, the future gets closer and closer.
South scored a game-high 31 points — the fourth time this season that the sophomore has broken the 30-point mark — and Bethel led from beginning to end, routing Cross County Conference foe National Trail 66-39 Wednesday night in a game that was delayed only a day due to inclement weather.
“Caleb is finishing more around the rim in transition,” Bethel boys basketball coach Brett Kopp said. “And he’s getting more and more experience. He’s still only a sophomore.”
Evan Hawthorn added 12 points and seven rebounds, Tyler Terry had a solid all-around game with eight points, five rebounds and three assists, Nate Rimkus added five points and South also had six rebounds as the Bees (11-2, 5-1 CCC) built a 17-8 lead after one quarter, led by 15 at halftime and led 56-29 going into the fourth.
The Bees, currently in third in the CCC, get their shot at one of the two conference leaders Friday when they travel to county rival Miami East.
* Girls Basketball
TIPP CITY — High-scoring Stebbins was able to find a little more success on offense than in the first meeting against Tippecanoe this season.
The Red Devils, however, had the answer.
The Tippecanoe girls basketball team (12-3, 6-1 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) had three players in double figures and answered a 3-point barrage by Stebbins with one of its own, defeating the Indians 69-52 Wednesday night at home to sweep the season series.
Aubrey Cox had 15 points, Sammie Rowland added 14 and Allison Mader had 13 to lead the way for the Devils, who previously had shut down the Indians 50-39 on Dec. 5. Rowland hit three of the team’s seven 3-pointers on the night, Mader hit two and Mikenna Varvel (six points) hit two. Taylor Prall added nine points and Rachel Rusk chipped in seven.
Makayla Blount had 15 points to lead Stebbins (14-4, 3-4 CBC Kenton Trail) and Alyssa Bowman added 14 points.
It was the Devils’ fourth win in a row and seventh of their last eight.
Tippecanoe hosts Urbana Jan. 20.
Butler 38, Piqua 24
PIQUA — Piqua outscored Butler in the second and third quarters, but the Aviators started and finished stronger in a 38-24 victory over the Indians Wednesday night.
Abby Grooms led Butler (9-5, 3-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Shelby Moses added 11 points.
Lily Stewart and Kelsey Bachman each scored five points to lead the Indians (3-12, 1-4 GWOC North).
Piqua travels to Troy Christian Saturday.
TROY — The Tippecanoe boys bowling team set a pair of new highs and the girls won for the second time this season as the Devils swept Monroe Wednesday at Troy Bowl, the boys winning 2,719-2,278 and the girls winning 1,632-1,481.
Wyatt Wilson bowled 246-235—481 to lead the way for the boys (5-10), who bowled a 1,024 game and set a new high total score for the year, as well. Charles Jaynes added a 229 game and Tyler Gleadell a 200.
Mary Kate Lee led the girls (2-12) with a 146 game and 288 series, with Jessica Goodson adding a 121 game.
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