By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — The first time Miami East faced Bethel, the Vikings struggled shooting the ball but held on for a conference win.
In their first-round tournament game, the Vikings started slow but rallied to defeat a scrappy Preble Shawnee team.
Wednesday night, however, fifth-seeded Miami East was firing on all cylinders, leaping out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and pulling away for a 75-32 victory over the No. 14 Bethel Bees in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament at Tippecanoe High School.
Freshman point guard Morgan Haney led the Vikings (16-8) with 23 points, six steals and four assists and Haley Howard added a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Megan Thompson and Bailey Miller each added 10 points and Kyndall Hellyer and Megan Kinnison both scored six as Miami East built a 40-12 halftime lead and led 37-point lead heading into the fourth.
Alaina Hawthorn had nine points and Kristen Bowman added six for the Bees, who finished the season 10-13. Kayla Grable scored five points and Delaney Hardert and Emily Crase both scored four.
Miami East will face top-seeded Anna Saturday at Franklin Monroe for the sectional title.
NEW CARLISLE — Top-seeded Tippecanoe had no trouble Wednesday night against No. 12 Greenville in the second round of the Division II sectional tournament, steadily pulling away for an easy 63-22 victory at Tecumseh High School.
Thirteen different Red Devils scored, yet none hit double digits in the balanced attack. Allison Mader led the way with nine points, Cassidy Wasson added eight points, Sammie Rowland scored seven, Brooke Aselage and Cali Stewart each scored six, three different players had four and three more added three.
Tippecanoe (19-5) will get a test on Saturday, facing No. 2 Carroll for the sectional title. Greenville’s season ended at 2-21.
BROOKVILLE — Fifth-seeded Southeastern upset Covington for the second straight season in the Division Iv sectional tournament, outscoring the No. 3 Buccaneers 12-4 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 36-32 victory Wednesday at Brookville High School.
“I always talk about three crucial segments of the game: the first three minutes of the game, the first three minutes of the second half and the last three minutes of the game,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “We had seven turnovers in the first quarter and five in the fourth. That’s 12 of our 14 turnovers to start and finish the game. We couldn’t get that one last run, that one last momentum swing.”
Southeastern (16-8) took a slim 11-9 lead after one and led 19-18 at the half, but Covington grabbed a 28-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. But the Buccs only managed four points the rest of the way, and Southeastern advanced to Saturday’s sectional final round.
Sammi Whiteman led Covington with 15 points, Brooke Gostomsky added seven points and nine rebounds and Carly Shell added seven more points.
Lexie Perry scored 16 points to lead Southeastern and Leslie Flores added 11.
Covington finished the season 15-9, while Southeastern will face No. 2 Miami Valley Saturday.
Sidney 67, Piqua 19
TROY — No. 19 seed Piqua’s season came to an end Wednesday as the Indians found themselves outmatched against undefeated No. 2 seed Sidney, falling 67-19 at Troy High School.
Sylvia Hudson had 18 points and seven rebounds, Kaitlyn Davis had 17 points and six rebounds, Celena Taborn added 11 points and six rebounds and Alina Kindle had 11 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (23-0), who will face No. 3 Springboro Friday for the sectional title.
Lily Stewart scored 10 points to lead Piqua, which finished the season 4-19.
DAYTON — Tippecanoe’s boys bowling team had a pair of individual district qualifiers and the Troy Trojans and Piqua Indians each will send one bowler to the next level after all three teams failed to qualify at Wednesday’s Division I sectional tournament at Poelking Lanes South.
The Trojans’ season came to an end with a 13th-place finish with 3,271. Jason Shiltz finished tied for 16th, rolling 149-202-191—542 to advance to district as an individual. Landon Flory rolled 168-200-95—463, Hayden Jackson rolled 145-147-168—460, A.J. Kendall rolled 140-137-150—427 and Aaron Stone rolled 163-115-144—422.
Tippecanoe finished 16th as a team with 3,185. Wyatt Wilson finished 20th with 180-212-144—536 and Stephen Ridgeway rolled 175-139-189—503 to advance to district. Charles Jaynes added 189-126-175—490 and Nick Lanham rolled 159-132-194—485.
Piqua was 14th with 3,240, with Travis Smith finishing third as an individual with 242-185-191—618 to advance to district.
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