By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
CENTERVILLE — The Troy girls bowling team — last year’s state runner-up and the state champion two seasons ago — kicked off this season’s campaign Saturday by winning Centerville’s Elk Invitational tournament with a score of 5,021, while the Trojan boys finished sixth in the 14-team field with 4,770.
Jenna Stone led the girls with 222-222-215—659, Cassidy McMullen rolled 224-181-237—642, Stephanie Crider added 204-192-243—639, Alyssa Shilt rolled 213-173-176—562 and A’leigha Smith rolled 193-149-204—546. Stone, McMullen and Crider were each named to the all-tournament team.
Jordan Fisher also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, leading the boys with 257-218-203—678. Aaron Stone added 217-197-225—639, Carson Rogers rolled 221-201-158—580, Logan Jones rolled 192-187-156—535, Preston Jackson added games of 232-183 and Brian Joines rolled a 201 game.
Troy next bowls in the Ohio High School Kickoff Tournament Dec. 2 at Columbus Bowling Palace.
* Girls Basketball
COVINGTON — There wasn’t very much that Covington girls basketball Jim Meyer wasn’t happy about Saturday night after the Buccaneers defeated Fairlawn 60-29 in the home opener to go to 2-0 on the season.
“We had the alumni game earlier,” Meyer said. “We had a great crowd. The girls just played really well. They played well offensively, they played well defensively, they were aggressive and rebounded well. It was a really good night.”
After a close call in the opener with Houston Friday, the Buccs made sure it was a very different outcome, opening leads of 18-3 after one quarter and 40-12 at halftime.
While Fairlawn could only manage a 3 by Lauren Dudgeon in the opening quarter, Sammi Whiteman sparked the Buccs with nine points. She finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds despite playing just two minutes in the second half.
“That’s exactly what Sammi (Whiteman) needed to do out there,” Meyer said.
Lillian Hamilton had four, Jordan Crowell hit a 3 and Tori Lyle added two.
In the second quarter, Lauren Christian got on the board, and Makenzie Long continued to show why she is on her way to a breakout season as a sophomore. She scored eight points in the second quarter and finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 points.
“Makenzie (Long) is amazing,” Meyer said. “She is a great athlete, who just happens to be a very good basketball player.”
And back healthy after struggling with injuries her sophomore season, Lillian Hamilton had 10 points and seven rebounds.
“It is great to see three girls in double figures,” Meyer said. “Something happened with Lily (Hamilton) last night (at Houston). She had been tentative in our scrimmages. Last night in the first half, all of a sudden she started to play aggressive on offense and defense.
“It carried over to tonight. I am just so pleased with what I have seen from her in these two games.”
Dudgeon had 16 points and six rebounds for Fairlawn, with a lot coming after Covington starters had left the game in the third quarter. MaCalla Huelskamp added nine points and seven rebounds.
Haley Houshel came in and scored six points in the fourth quarter for Covington. Lyle also finished with six points and Crowell added four.
Covington finished 26 of 57 from the floor for 46 percent and 3 for 6 from the line for 50 percent.
Fairlawn was 13 of 47 from the floor for 28 percent and 2 for 9 from the line for 22 percent.
Covington dominated the boards 49-22 and while Covington had 18 turnovers to Fairlawn’s 18 — most of those came after the Buccs had emptied the bench.
Covington will play at Twin Valley South Thursday before traveling to Versailles — the Division III state runner-up last year.
“This was a great night,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, this will give us some momentum heading into next week.”
Although it will be hard to top what he saw Saturday night.
GREENVILLE — Bradford fell to 1-1 on the season Saturday night after losing in the championship game of Greenville’s Annie Oakley Shootout, falling to the host Green Wave 42-32.
Bianca Keener and Skipp Miller both scored eight to lead the Railroaders.
Other scores: Lehman 47, Sidney 34.
KETTERING — The Troy hockey team split a pair of games Saturday at the Frozen Creek Tournament at Kettering Rec Center, routing Mason 11-0 before falling to tournament host Beavercreek 2-0 in the late game.
Against Mason, Michael Hess, Jack McGuirk and Nate and Zach Uhlenbrock each scored a goal to make the score 4-0 after two periods, then the Trojans exploded for seven goals in the third. Connor Sexton, Caden Lombardo and Brendan Benge each scored their first career goals, and Scott Reidel earned a shutout in his first career start in goal.
With the loss to Beavercreek, Troy fell to 1-2 on the season and was set to take on Dublin Scioto Sunday to finish the tournament. Troy will host Perrysburg on Dec. 2 in its home opener.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter. Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334.