By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — Troy Christian’s up-and-down season is headed back up heading into the final week.
The Eagle boys basketball team snapped a brief two-game losing streak Monday night, battling back and forth all night with Metro Buckeye Conference foe Emmanuel Christian and holding on for a 47-45 victory on the road.
Troy Christian (9-11, 7-4 MBC) jumped out to a five-point lead after one quarter but fell behind by one at the half. The Eagles retook the lead 35-34 after three and narrowly held on from there.
Chase Hayden led the Eagles with 13 points, James Anderson had 12 points and five rebounds, Peyton Spurlock added eight points and Jacob Brown had seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Troy Christian — which followed an eight-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak before dropping back-to-back games — will look to finish the regular season strong at home against Middletown Christian Friday and at Northeastern Feb. 15.
* Girls Basketball
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TROY — The Lehman girls clinched a winning season Monday night, going on the road and beating Troy Christian in a non-league game to end the regular season, 41-38.
The win, Lehman’s fifth in a row, gave the Cavaliers a 12-10 record heading into Division IV sectional tournament play on Feb. 16. They will play the winner of the Jackson Center-Troy Christian game on Saturday, with the Eagles falling to 14-7 after Monday’s game.
Lehman led 14-9 after one quarter Monday, and by just three at the half. It remained tight the rest of the way.
Hailey Peters and Lauryn Lavy each had 11 points to lead the Eagles, with Kenley Blake adding eight.
Allie Hall led the Cavs with a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Alanna O’Leary added 12 points.
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COVINGTON — Jackson Center followed up its upset of state-ranked Anna Saturday with a 49-30 victory over Covington in a non-league girls basketball game Monday night.
The Tigers held Covington to just 11 points in the first half to take a 13-point lead at the intermission.
Brooke Gostomsky led the Buccaneers with 15 points and Carly Shell added six.
Nicole Fogt led the Tigers with a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cassie Meyer hit four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.
The win gave the Tigers a final regular season record of 15-7, and they will next play Troy Christian Saturday in the Division IV sectional at Sidney. Covington, meanwhile, fell to 14-8 to end the regular season and will face Bradford Saturday at Brookville to open the sectional tournament.
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