By Josh Brown
BRANDT — Troy’s girls basketball team got back to the .500 mark Monday night.
But it was a battle to get there.
Host Bethel — which won four games in a row last week before falling to Troy Christian on Saturday — shut out the Trojans in the first quarter and held Troy below 30 percent from the field on the night, but the Trojans’ defense played just as well in the second half as Troy outscored the Bees 23-13 to come from behind and escape with a 32-28 victory Monday on the road.
For the game, Troy (9-9) was 13 for 45 (28.9 percent) from the field and only 4 for 12 (33.3 percent) from the free throw line, falling behind 5-0 after one quarter and 15-9 at halftime.
“We had great looks but just could not throw it in the ocean,” Troy coach Aaron Johnson said. “The girls were eager to get Saturday’s loss (against Greenville) out of their system.”
In the end, though, the Trojan post tandem of Tia Bass and Alaura Holycross proved too much for the Bees (7-9) to handle. Holycross had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Bass added eight points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Jordan Short and Makenna Taylor each added five points as the Trojans took a 20-19 lead after the third quarter and held on from there.
Olivia Reittinger led the Bees with 12 points, Klaudia Lowery added five and Kenna Gray scored four.
Troy returns to Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Wednesday at Sidney, while Bethel hosts Tri-County North Thursday.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians got a huge night out of Tatum McBride and a double-double from Anna Wolfe Monday night, holding off Houston for a 54-46 victory at home.
McBride scored a game-high 27 points and added seven assists, while Wolfe added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Indians, who improved to 12-6 with the win.
Newton returns to Cross County Conference play Thursday when it hosts Bradford.
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WEST MILTON — Milton-Union held a slim lead most of the game Monday night then put it away for good with a huge fourth quarter, defeating visiting Tri-County North 56-37 to improve to 8-10 on the season.
Beyonce Bobbitt led the Bulldogs with a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, and Kristen Dickison was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Annika Hutchinson added eight points and two steals, Morgan Nemeth scored seven points and Abby Hissong chipped in six points.
The Bulldogs led 10-9 after the first quarter and widened the gap slightly at halftime to 20-16. After leading 35-29 after three quarters, Milton-Union outscored Tri-County North 21-8 in the fourth to seal the win.
Milton-Union faces Northridge Saturday.
GREENVILLE — The Troy girls bowling team won its 11th straight Monday at Greenville, defeating the Green Wave 2,319-1,548. And the Trojan boys completed the sweep on the day, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 2,378-2,075 victory.
For Troy’s boys (8-4, 7-4 GWOC American North), three bowlers topped or hit the 400 series mark. Aaron Stone led the way with 242-247—489, Brian Joins rolled 210-204—414, Carson Rogers rolled 183-217—400, Jordan Fisher rolled 215-183—398, Logan Jones added a 156 game and Preston Jackson rolled a 151.
Jenna Stone led the Troy girls (11-1, 11-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) by rolling 216-246—462, Alyssa Shilt rolled 213-175—388, A’leigha Smith rolled 177-204—381, Stephanie Crider rolled 154-221—375, Cassidy McMullen added a 197 game and Sierra Brown rolled a 157.
Troy travels to Sidney Thursday.
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