Early Saturday sports roundup

By Josh Brown

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BROOKVILLE — The Newton Indians’ season came to an end in the Division IV championship game Saturday afternoon at Brookville High School, with the No. 6 Indians falling to conference rival and top-ranked Tri-Village for the second time this season, 61-40.

The Newton girls basketball team finished the season 17-8 and simply couldn’t find a way around the Cross County Conference champion Patriots (22-3), who also defeated the Indians 51-43 back on Dec. 3. Newton fell behind by four after one quarter, but that turned into a 12-point deficit by halftime and a 16-point one after three.

Tatum McBride led the Indians with 20 points, while Madison Mollette, Macy Flanary and Aliya Stine each scored six.

Other scores: Division III sectional — No. 5 Miami East 53, No. 1 Anna 46. Look for a full story from the Miami East-Anna girls basketball game, as well as full results from the sectional wrestling and district swimming tournaments, in the Monday issue of the Troy Daily News.

* Boys Basketball

DIII Sectional

Northridge 77, M-U 32

CLAYTON — After three games in the final week — including an emotional come-from-behind win in overtime against Waynesville in the season finale — the 20th-seeded Milton-Union Bulldogs simply didn’t have anything left to use against top-seeded Northridge in a 77-32 loss to open the Division III sectional tournament at Northmont High School.

“They’re the No. 5 team in the state for a reason,” Milton-Union boys basketball coach Rusty Berner said of Northridge(21-2). “They were clicking on all cylinders, shot 60 percent from the field, turned us over 31 times — and 26 of those were live. They were playing at a very high level.

“We’ve had an emotional week, and we just didn’t have a lot of gas left. When you’re playing a team like that, it makes it more difficult. But I couldn’t be more proud of these kids. Their character, never giving up all season long, it really shined through this week.”

Eric Swartz led the Bulldogs with 10 points, Joey Swafford added nine and Tommy Smith scored six.

Milton-Union finished the season 3-20.

DIV Sectional

SCC 55, Newton 50

TROY — The fifth-seeded Newton Indians were upset in the opening round of the Division IV sectional tournament Saturday at Troy, falling to Springfield Catholic Central 55-50.

Brock Jamison led the Indians with 16 points and Brady McBride added 10, but Thomas Kavanaugh hit five 3s and scored a game-high 24 points for the ninth-seeded Fighting Irish (8-15), who scored the game’s final six points after Newton had taken a 50-49 lead.

The Indians finish the season 14-9, while Catholic Central moves on to face Yellow Springs in the second round.

Russia 69, Bradford 32

PIQUA — Second-seeded Russia ended Bradford’s season Friday night, defeating the No. 13 Railroaders 69-32 to open the Division IV sectional tournament at Piqua.

Russia (20-3) advanced to face No. 12 Lehman Tuesday, while Bradford finished the year 2-20.

* Hockey

Troy 11, Kilbourne 1

COLUMBUS — The Troy hockey team made it a short night Friday to open the district tournament, routing Worthington Kilbourne 11-1 in a game that ended 6:15 early thanks to the mercy rule.

A.J. Noll led the Trojans with six goals and two assists as Troy took a 2-0 lead after the first period and exploded for six goals in the second to go up 8-1. Prestyn Hoefler added a goal and four assists, Doug Eardly had a goal and three assists, Troy Moore had a goal and two assists, Tyler Hess had a goal and an assist and freshman Jack McGuirk scored his first goal of the year.

Troy advanced to face Dublin Coffman, the No. 6 team in the state, Saturday night in a game that was not complete at time of press.

Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

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