By Josh Brown
and Kyle Shaner
SIDNEY — Once again, the Troy boys basketball team played a strong second half.
But once again, a slow start and the inability to contain a high-powered offense spelled the end.
Sidney (14-4, 11-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) clinched a share of the division championship Friday night, jumping out to a 17-point lead by halftime and cruising from there to an 87-70 victory over the visiting Trojans.
Just like Tuesday night’s loss to Greenville, Troy (5-12, 3-9 GWOC American North) had four players in double figures but could not overcome a 30-point effort by the opposition’s star. Ryan McClurg led Troy with 17 points, Zach Reichelderfer scored 15 points, Keenan Kinnel added 13 and Hayden Kotwica scored 12. Devon Larger chipped in six points, Zion Taylor had five and Keaton Pfeiffer scored two.
Sidney’s Andre Gordon led all scorers with 31 points, hitting two of his team’s 11 3-pointers on the night as the Yellow Jackets built an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and led 26-11 in the second. The Trojans got as close as eight at 29-21, but Sidney built a 42-25 at halftime, and the teams played each other even throughout the second half.
The Trojans traveled to Miamisburg Saturday night to end a three-game road trip in a game that was not complete at time of press. Troy returns home to host Butler Feb. 10.
PIQUA — Tippecanoe (10-9, 6-6 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) won its third straight Friday night, outscoring Piqua 23-13 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 50-45 victory at Piqua.
Cade Gingrich hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Red Devils, Zach Bonifas added nine points and Quenten Williams and Ben Sauls each added eight.
Ben Scmiesing led Piqua (4-13, 3-9 GWOC American North) with 14 points.
Tippecanoe hosts Greenville on Feb. 10.
ANSONIA — Covington overcame a sluggish start Friday night at Ansonia, turning a small first-quarter deficit into a six-point halftime lead and then pulling away for a 57-38 victory in Cross County Conference play.
Five Buccaneers scored seven or more points in the game as Covington used a balanced offense to pull away. Trevor Miller led the Buccs with 11 points and Kenny Atkinson scored 10, Jett Murphy added nine, Jayce Pond chipped in eight and Nathan Blei scored seven.
Covington (9-7, 6-3 CCC) hosted Coldwater Saturday in a game that was not complete at time of press.
NT 40 OT
PLEASANT HILL — Ryan Mollette scored a team-high 14 points as Newton held off National Trail in overtime for a 43-40 Cross County Conference victory Friday night.
Newton travels to Miami East Tuesday.
Miami East 40
NEW MADISON — In the matchup between last year’s Cross County Conference co-champions, Miami East fell to .500 on the season at 9-9, 4-5 in the CCC after a 65-40 loss at Tri-Village Friday night.
Logan West was held to nine points and nine rebounds by the Tri-Village (11-5, 7-2 CCC) defense, and Dalton Taynor hit three of the Vikings’ nine 3-pointers and added nine points. Justin Brown scored eight points and Cam Coomes added six.
Miami East hosts Newton Tuesday.
NEW LEBANON — Milton-Union continued to show signs of improvement Friday night, battling Dixie to the end but eventually dropping a 41-38 loss at Dixie in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Daniel Albaugh had 10 points and six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (2-14, 1-8 SWBL Buckeye), who dropped their eighth straight. William Morris added nine points, three assists and three steals, Blake Ullery had four points and seven rebounds and Caleb Wintrow and Blake Smith each scored four points.
Milton-Union traveled to Piqua Saturday in a game that was not complete at time of press. The Bulldogs host Northridge Feb. 10.
Other scores: Arcanum 47, Bradford 21. Lehman 70, Temple Christian 62.
* Girls Basketball
GREENVILLE — The Tippecanoe girls basketball team put the finishing touches on an outright Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division championship Saturday afternoon, defeating Greenville on the road 61-48 to clinch the title in its first season as a member of the league.
Allison Mader scored 18 points, Taylor Prall added 11 and Claire Hinkle scored a season-high nine to lead the Red Devils (17-3, 13-0 GWOC American North Division), who hold a three-game lead in the standings over second-place Sidney with only two games remaining.
Tippecanoe hosts Troy Wednesday and Butler on Feb. 11 to finish the regular season.
Miami East 63,
CASSTOWN — Bradford’s Mandi Bates scored her 1,000th career point in a 63-37 loss at Miami East in Cross County Conference play on Saturday.
Bates entered the game needing just eight points to reach the scoring milestone. She reached 1,000 with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter by making a free throw to complete a three-point play and give the Railroaders a 14-13 advantage.
“It was definitely a very, very special moment,” Bradford girls basketball coach Patrick McKee said. “This is kid now I’ve seen play basketball for five years, going back to her junior high years. The amount of work she’s put in over the last four years of high school is indescribable. It couldn’t have happened to a better person.”
Miami East, which led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, regained the advantage in the second quarter and went into halftime up 29-20. The Vikings increased their lead to 55-25 in the third quarter on their way to the victory.
Haley Howard led Miami East with a game-high 17 points. Also for the Vikings, Bailey Miller scored 14 points, Gabrielle Hawkins scored 10, Camryn Miller scored 10 and Amber Kinnison added six.
Bates led Bradford with 16 points, Liv Hart added 10 point and Bianca Keener scored 6.
Bradford fell to 5-14 overall and 3-8 in the CCC with the loss. Miami East improved to 9-11 overall and 6-5 in the CCC. Both teams are in action Thursday, as Miami East hosts National Trail and Bradford hosts Tri-Village.
TROY — After a tough loss against Sidney on Wednesday night, Troy (9-11, 4-9 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) had little left against visiting Butler on Saturday, falling behind early as the Aviators closed out the season sweep with a 55-31 victory at the Trojan Activities Center.
The Trojans were led by their two post players, Alaura Holycross and Tia Bass. Holycross finished with 10 points and nine rebounds and Bass added eight points and seven rebounds, while MaKenna Taylor came off the bench and hit a pair of 3s — Troy’s only made shots from behind the 3-point arc in the game — and added six points.
Butler (15-5, 9-4 GWOC American North) took a 14-7 lead after the first quarter, but the Trojans did what they could to keep pace in the second and trailed 26-18 at halftime. The Aviators finished strong, though, outscoring the Trojans 15-6 in the third and 14-7 in the fourth to close out the game.
Troy travels to Tippecanoe to face outright GWOC American North champion Tippecanoe before finishing the regular season on Feb. 11 at home against Piqua.
DAYTON — Milton-Union won its fourth straight Saturday at Northridge, jumping out to an early nine-point lead and never letting up in a 48-28 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory.
Kristen Dickison had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, coming up two assists shy of a triple-double with eight and added five steals to lead the Bulldogs (15-5, 9-2 SWBL Buckeye). Olivia Brown had 12 points, three rebounds and two steals, Taylor Jacobs added 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals and Maddie Brown chipped in eight points.
Milton-Union hosts Franklin Monroe Monday.
PLEASANT HILL — Tatum McBride led Newton with 16 points and got enough help from her teammates to lead the Indians to a 44-30 non-league victory over Northwestern Saturday at home.
Newton (12-6) travels to National Trail Monday.
Other scores: Sidney 62, Piqua 31. Arcanum 54, Lehman 35.
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