By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe wasn’t intimidated by the fact that Sidney was coming off of a shocking victory over Trotwood.
Or that the Yellow Jackets just broke into the Division I state rankings in the most recent poll.
The Red Devil boys basketball team held Sidney’s potent offense in check Tuesday night, pulling away in the second half to put away a 55-44 victory — handing the Jackets their first loss of the season in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play.
Caiden Smith hit four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points on the night, Adam Grieshop added 10 points and Quenten Williams scored seven as Tippecanoe (9-9, 5-6 GWOC American North) trailed 27-24 at halftime but took a 39-33 lead into the fourth quarter and put it away from there.
More importantly, though, the Tippecanoe defense held Sidney’s Andre and Allec Gordon to a combined eight points, with them scoring four apiece. Isaiah Bowser led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points.
Tippecanoe travels to Piqua Friday.
DAYTON — With his team sitting in a tie for 13th in the latest Division III state poll, Bethel coach Brett Kopp knew that this week — full of three big non-league matchups — would be key for his Bees.
“People know this is a big week for us,” he said. “We started out on the road with a Greater Catholic League school, Carroll, which is well-coached and physical, at a place that’s not easy to play. We needed to start the week right.”
Bethel (15-2) did just that, as junior Caleb South scored a team-high 28 points and got it done from the free throw line, going 12 for 14 in the game to help the Bees hold on for a 60-52 victory Tuesday night at Carroll.
Ryan Rose hit four of Bethel’s seven 3s in the game and added 23 points, Tyler Terry scored six and Jesse Nickel scored five as the Bees grabbed a 19-12 lead after the first quarter, built a 39-26 halftime lead and held off a rally by the Patriots in the second half.
“Caleb has an aggressive, attacking mindset,” Kopp said. “When he forces the issue, teams can either give up a layup or send him to the free throw line. And we hit seven 3s tonight, meaning we’ve got other guys that can shoot it. That opens up those driving lanes a bit more for him.”
Bethel hosts Troy Christian Friday.
Miami East 55
KETTERING — Alter had five players in double figures and two over the 20-point mark Tuesday night as the Knights (15-2) proved too much for Miami East (9-8) to handle in a 97-55 non-league loss on the road.
Austin Rutledge scored a career-high 22 points, going 6 for 8 from 3-point range, Logan West had a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots and Ian Gengler added eight points.
Miami East travels to Tri-Village Friday.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union cut Carlisle’s lead to eight points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, but the Bulldogs’ rally came up short in a 65-51 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division loss, the team’s seventh straight.
Blake Smith had 12 points and Blake Ullery added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Bulldogs (2-13, 1-7 SWBL Buckeye), who fell behind 18-5 after the first quarter and never recovered. A.J. Lovin and Caleb Wintrow each scored seven points and Zach Vagedes had nine rebounds.
Milton-Union travels to Dixie Friday.
Other scores: Butler 55, Piqua 35. Anna 57, Lehman 44.
* Girls Basketball
BRANDT — The Covington girls basketball team maintained its hold on second place in the Cross County Conference Tuesday night, improving to 15-5 overall and 9-1 in league play with a 56-35 victory at Bethel.
Sammi Whiteman led the Buccaneers with 21 points, Jordan Crowell scored 11 and Lexie Long added eight as Covington took a 21-14 lead after the first quarter, built a 36-25 halftime lead and steadily pulled away from there.
Kayla Grable led Bethel with nine points, Alaina Hawthorn added six points and Klaudia Lowery and Becky Schwieterman each scored four.
Covington travels to National Trail Thursday, while Bethel travels to Tri-County North.
NEW MADISON — Newton (10-6) gave undefeated Tri-Village everything it could handle Tuesday night on the road, but the Patriots — the No. 2 team in the state in the latest Division IV poll — held on for a 57-47 Cross County Conference victory.
Elizabeth Carroll scored 17 points to lead the Indians, who took the lead in the second quarter before falling behind 32-29 at halftime. Newton got as close as two from there, but Tri-Village (18-0) pulled away from there. Kaylee Kesler added 10 points and Tatum McBride was held to eight.
Newton travels to Bradford Thursday.
BRADFORD — Bradford’s Mandi Bates narrowly missed scoring 30 or more points in a fourth consecutive game Tuesday night as the Railroaders (5-12) were held scoreless in overtime in a 51-41 loss to Houston.
Bates scored a game-high 28 points and Chelsea Gill added seven for Bradford, which hosts Newton Thursday.
TROY — The Troy bowling teams swept Greenville in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Tuesday at Troy bowl, with the girls routing the Green Wave 2,252-1,508 and the boys holding on for a 2,119-1,816 victory.
For Troy’s girls (11-1, 9-1 GWOC American North), Kirsten McMullen led the way with 222-224—446, A’leigha Smith rolled 194-166—360, Jennica Funderburg rolled 205-142—347, Cassidy McMullen rolled 125-214—339, Jenna Stone added a 192 game and Alyssa Shilt had a 182 game.
For the Trojan boys (8-4, 7-3 GWOC American North), Logan Jones led the way with 217-207—424, Hayden Jackson rolled 201-171—372, Landon Flory rolled 203-162—365, Carson Rogers rolled a 192 game, Jason Shiltz a 172, A.J. Kendall a 162 and Preston Jackson a 127.
TROY — The Troy wrestling team got some late heroics with a pair of pins in the final two matches of a dual against Bellefontaine Tuesday night, grabbing a 45-33 victory in its final tuneup for this weekend’s Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament.
After the Chieftains ran off a number of early wins, Will Brumfield (195) put the Trojans on the board with a pin. Mitchell Francis (106) added a pin, as well, and in the final two matches of the night, Carlos Quintero (132) and David McGraw (138) scored pins to give the Trojans the win.
Troy will compete at the GWOC meet Friday and Saturday at Butler High School.
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