By Josh Brown
TROY — One quarter proved to be the difference Friday night.
Greenville outscored Troy 21-9 in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead, and though the Trojans fought all the way back in the fourth, the Green Wave was able to hang on for a hard-fought 63-58 victory in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play at the Trojan Activities Center.
It was the second loss of the season to the Wave for Troy (4-12, 1-5 GWOC North), which dropped its sixth straight game. It was, however, a marked improvement against defending division champion Greenville (10-6, 4-2 GWOC North) — which defeated Troy 74-46 on the road back on Dec. 11.
The Trojans hosted Miami East Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press. Troy travels to Trotwood Tuesday and Butler Friday.
Miami East 59,
PLEASANT HILL — After Tuesday’s big victory over Tri-Village to take sole possession of the Cross County Conference lead, Miami East knew all it has to do to wrap up the title is win its final four conference games.
That began Friday night with a tough matchup against Newton — but a 13-3 third quarter by the Vikings gave Miami East (15-1, 9-0 CCC) the breathing room it needed to hold off the Indians 59-51 to stay on track.
“Give Newton a lot of credit. Their kids shot the ball well tonight,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “It was a very balanced effort by us tonight, and we had an outstanding performance in the third quarter both offensively and defensively. We were pleased to come away with the win tonight.”
Four Vikings were in double figures on the night, led by Brandon Mack with four 3-pointers and a game-high 16 points. Ryan Haney added 14 points, Damien Mackesy scored 11 and Logan West had 10 as East held a slim 31-27 lead at the half — but turned that into a 44-30 cushion after three.
Brock Jamison led the Indians (10-6, 6-3 CCC) with 14 points, Nick Honeycutt hit four 3s and scored 12 points and Brady McBride hit three 3s and added 12 points. All told, Newton hit nine 3s in the game and East hit six.
Bethel 69, Ansonia 35
BRANDT — First-year Bethel coach Brett Kopp wants tradition to play a big role in everything his current Bees do.
So on the team’s Hall of Fame night, the Bees payed homage to their former greats — and then put on a show for them, jumping out to a 22-point lead after the first eight minutes and dominating Ansonia in a 69-35 Cross County Conference victory Friday night at home.
Bethel (13-3, 7-2 CCC) led 25-3 after the first quarter and 38-10 at halftime, never looking back during the game.
“It was our Hall of Fame night, so I told the kids we wanted them to go out and make a statement early. And they did,” Kopp said. “We played with great energy and effort. Ansonia is a well-coached team, but we just had a little more athletic ability tonight.”
Caleb South led the Bees with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Ian Anderson added 14 points, four rebounds and three steals, Tyler Terry had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists and Evan Hawthorn had six points and seven rebounds.
Tecumseh 62, Tipp 60
TIPP CITY — Tecumseh won the rubber game against Tippecanoe Friday night, holding off a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Red Devils to complete the season sweep in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play with a 62-60 victory at Tippecanoe.
Tecumseh (15-3, 7-1 CBC Kenton Trail) outscored Tippecanoe 14-2 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an 11-point lead. Tippecanoe (10-7, 4-4 CBC Kenton Trail) — which defeated the Arrows in non-division play in the championship game of Piqua’s holiday tournament in December — outscored Tecumseh 26-17 in the fourth, but it simply wasn’t enough.
Three Red Devils were in double figures in the game. Zach Wildermuth led the team with 12 points and three assists off the bench, Joe Tesch added 11 points and three assists, Jakob Prall had 10 points and three assists, Nathan Shirley had eight points and Zach Bonifas had seven points.
Tippecanoe travels to Urbana Tuesday looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
Carlisle 54, M-U 46
CARLISLE — The first time Milton-Union and Carlisle met, the Indians were without their leading scorer and still won by 17.
This time, Carlisle had Dalton Butler back — and the Indians needed every last bit they could get out of him to hold off a scrappy Bulldog team in a 54-46 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory.
“I thought the kids battled,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “Last time, they beat us by 17 without Butler, who is one of the best players in the area. We had one lapse in the third quarter tonight, but we battled back and made it a game again.
“We continue to make strides. We just need to knock down some shots. We missed some shots at key moments tonight.”
Daniel Albaugh had 10 points to lead the Bulldogs (1-13, 1-6 SWBL Buckeye) and Tommy Smith added nine points off the bench. Zach Vagedes, Eric Swartz and Blake Ullery each had six points and Joey Swafford had five points and five assists.
Butler had 21 points to lead Carlisle (12-5, 8-2 SWBL Buckeye).
TV 78, Covington 46
NEW MADISON — After losing two straight — including its first Cross County Conference game in years — Tri-Village (15-3, 9-1 CCC) was all business Friday night against visiting Covington, bouncing back with a 78-46 win.
Jordan Maschino led the Buccaneers (8-9, 5-5 CCC) with 17 points and Trevor Miller added 11, but Covington fell behind 20-7 after the first quarter, trailed by 19 at halftime and was down 63-31 going into the fourth.
Gavin Richards was one of four Patriots in double figures, leading all scorers with 24 points as Tri-Village hit 10 3s in the game.
Other scores: Trotwood 87, Piqua 74. Twin Valley South 52, Bradford 42. Lima Temple Christian 58, Lehman 56.
* Girls Basketball
Newton 64, Covington 46
COVINGTON — Newton’s Maddie Mollette moved closer to the 1,000-point career mark Saturday, leading all scorers with 27 points and leading the Indian girls basketball team (13-7) to a 64-46 victory over Cross County Conference rival Covington in a non-league game on the road.
Mollette’s 27-point effort gave her 978 for her career with two regular season games left to play. She already became Newton’s all-time leading scorer in Thursday win at Franklin Monroe. Tatum McBride added 12 points, Mallory Dunlevy had nine and Aliya Stine added eight.
Sammi Whiteman led Covington (13-7) with 19 points, hitting two of the team’s eight 3s on the day. Rayna Horner added eight points and Arianna Richards had six for the Buccaneers, who defeated the Indians in overtime earlier this season.
Both teams are in action again Thursday, with Newton traveling to Mississinawa Valley and Covington traveling to Twin Valley South.
Waynesville 45, M-U 42
WAYNESVILLE — Milton-Union got its second shot at Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division co-leader Waynesville Saturday, leading by five going into the fourth quarter — but the Spartans (12-7, 9-1 SWBL Buckeye) outscored the Bulldogs 15-7 in the final quarter to steal a 45-42 victory.
Taylor Jacobs had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists and Beyonce Bobbitt added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists for Milton-Union (14-7, 7-4 SWBL Buckeye), which outscored Waynesville 16-6 in the third to take a 35-30 lead — but the Bulldogs simply couldn’t hold on. Michaela Fullmer added six points and Kristen Dickison scored five.
Milton-Union returns home Feb. 6, hosting Northridge.
Other scores: Bethel 36, Troy Christian 25. Piqua 55, Greenville 51 OT. Lehman 39, Arcanum 36.
TC, East Win
TIPP CITY — The Troy Christian boys and Miami East girls were victorious at a five-team meet Friday at the Robinson Branch YMCA, with the Eagle boys routing Stivers 269-101 and the Viking girls defeating Stivers 190-150.
Troy Christian’s boys swept all three relays, with Matthew Moebius, Ezekiel Fulton, Sam LaVielle and Matt Newcomer winning the 200 medley relay (1:51.69). Fulton, Alexander Klint, Jacob Voisinet and Grant Doucette won the 200 free relay (1:40.26) and Moebius, Newcomer, Doucette and LaVielle won the 400 free relay (3:40.13).
Moebius won the 200 free (2:03.11) and 50 free (24.17 seconds), Doucette won the 100 fly (58.5 seconds) and 100 free (54.81 seconds), Newcomer won the 500 free (5:35.73) and LaVielle won the 100 back (1:08.63).
Miami East’s girls also swept all three relays. Abby Bollinger, Meredith Richters, Megan Lawson and McKenna Bollinger won the 200 medley relay (2:07). Lindsey Yingst, Jessica Copeland, Danielle Nehring and Bridey Logan won the 200 free relay (2:11.06) and Richters, Lawson and the Bollingers won the 400 free relay (4:22.17).
McKenna Bollinger won the 200 free (2:12.81) and 500 free (5:57.95), Abby Bollinger won the 100 fly (1:19.27), Richters won the 200 IM (2:27.0) and 100 breast (1:15.21) and Lawson won the 100 back (1:10.09).
Hailey Isenbarger won the 50 free (27.99 seconds) and 100 free (1:05.16) for Troy Christian’s girls, who were third with 32 points.
Troy Christian travels to Trotwood for the Metro Buckeye Conference meet Feb. 6.
Editor’s note: Results from the Greater Western Ohio Conference, Central Buckeye Conference and Cross County Conference meets Saturday were not available at time of press.
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