By Josh Brown
BROOKVILLE — For the second time early in the season, Milton-Union bounced back from a loss in strong fashion.
The Bulldog girls basketball team got back to the .500 mark Monday night, putting away non-division rival Brookville with a big third quarter to claim a 52-35 victory in Southwestern Buckeye League crossover play.
Kristen Dickison paced the Bulldogs (2-2) offensively with 16 points and four assists and led an opportunistic defensive effort with five steals. Maddie Brown hit four 3s off the bench and added 14 points, Olivia Brown had eight points and 11 rebounds — eight of those coming on the offensive glass — Beyonce Bobbitt added eight points, Taylor Jacobs had four points, seven assists and four steals and Liz Renner chipped in two points and four blocked shots.
Milton-Union held a slim three-point lead after the first quarter at 10-7, and Brookville (0-4) stayed close at halftime by trailing only 20-17. But the Bulldogs pulled away, outscoring the Blue Devils 23-7 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Milton-Union travels to Arcanum Saturday.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians lost for the first time this season Monday night, falling to the visiting Russia Raiders 64-41.
Tatum McBride led the Indians (3-1) with 19 points.
Newton hosts Bradford Saturday.
GREENVILLE — The Piqua Indians (1-3, 0-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) kept things close throughout Monday’s division opener at Greenville, but the Green Wave (3-2, 1-0 GWOC American North) was able to hold on for a 45-40 victory, its second straight.
Lily Stewart had 17 points, Kelsey Magoteaux added 12 points and Lauryn Gray had seven rebounds for the Indians, who trailed 28-23 at halftime but cut the lead to only one at 37-36 heading into the fourth quarter. But Piqua could not complete the rally, and the Wave outscored the Indians 8-4 in the final eight minutes to hand on.
Piqua travels to Butler Wednesday.
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