By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy’s girls bowlers looked unstoppable to begin the season — but they ended up running into an unexpected roadblock against Piqua back on Jan. 19.
Tuesday, the Trojans blasted through that obstacle on the way to the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division title.
The Troy girls bowling team avenged its earlier 32-pin loss to the Indians — which was its first of the season at the time — grabbing a 68-pin lead after the first game and steadily piling on for a 2,417-2,093 victory Tuesday at Troy Bowl that clinched a share of the regular season GWOC North title. And, since they won the preseason GWOC tournament, the win also takes the stress off for the Trojans heading into this weekends postseason GWOC tournament. The boys, meanwhile, completed the sweep, defeating Piqua 2,274-2,183.
Rachel Darrow led Troy’s girls (16-2, 8-2 GWOC North), rolling 268-195—463, while Kirsten McMullen also topped the 400 mark with 197-220—417. Jenna Stone added 173-223—396, A’leigha Smith rolled 188-170—358, Cassidy McMullen added a 182 and Jennica Funderburg rolled a 166.
For the Trojan boys (8-10, 6-4 GWOC North), Aaron Stone led the way with a match-high 279-199—478, Logan ones added 211-232—443, Hayden Jackson rolled 175-183—358, A.J. Kendall rolled 170-119—289, Landon Flory added a 178 and Jason Shiltz had a 161.
The Trojans will compete in the postseason GWOC tournament Saturday at Beaver-Vu Bowl before finishing the regular season Tuesday at home against West Carrollton.
* Boys Basketball
BRANDT — Last season, Newton’s boys basketball team upset Cross County Conference rival Bethel, one of its signature wins on the year.
This season, the Bees were not caught by surprise again.
Bethel (15-5, 8-3 CCC) recovered from a slow start to the game, slowing down Newton’s offense and pulling away for a 62-44 Senior Night victory Tuesday night.
The Indians (12-8, 8-5 CCC) led by two, 15-13, after the first quarter, but the Bees outscored them 28-15 over the second and third quarters to take control for good, putting the game away with a 21-14 fourth-quarter performance.
“Early on, they were outhustling us for loose balls and rebounds,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “We knew we had to run them off the 3-point line on defense. They’ve got kids that can shoot it, but our kids closed out the way they’re supposed to. We just played solid defense and closed out high.”
Bethel’s sophomore point guard Caleb South led all scorers with 28 points and added eight rebounds and four assists, Tyler Terry added 12 points and four rebounds and Ian Anderson had six points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. The Bees also honored seniors Evan Hawthorn (two points, five rebounds) and Connor Hockett before the game.
Brock Jamison led the Indians with 24 points, but the dropoff was steep after that. Brady McBride and Austin Evans each scored five points and Treyton Lavy scored four.
Bethel travels to Mississinawa Valley Friday, while Newton hosts Ansonia Friday.
Miami East 78,
Franklin Monroe 34
PITSBURG — After two surprising losses in a row, Miami East has clearly got its momentum back.
Three Vikings were in double figures Tuesday night and the defense held a potent Franklin Monroe offense to only nine first-half points as Miami East (17-3, 10-1 Cross County Conference) coasted to a 78-34 victory on the road.
“It was a very dominant effort from start to finish, and the guys played outstanding basketball on both the offensive and defensive ends tonight,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “Certainly, the guys picked up right where we left off after our big win against Alter. Franklin Monroe had been playing well coming into tonight, but fortunately we had a great performance both on offense and defense.”
Damien Mackesy scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Vikings, Michael Werling added 14 points and Ryan Haney scored 12. Braxton Donaldson chipped in nine points, Cam Coomes scored seven and Brandon Mack had four as East built a 16-5 lead after the first quarter, turned that into a 35-9 lead at the half and outscored the Jets (9-11, 6-5 CCC) 24-11 in the third to put the game well out of reach.
Zach Hyre led Franklin Monroe with 12 points.
Miami East hosts Bradford Friday and can clinch a share of the CCC title with a victory.
Other scores: Mississinawa Valley 56, Covington 53. Piqua 49, Butler 39. National Trail 40, Bradford 28.
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