By Josh Brown
DAYTON — Last year, Troy’s girls bowling team defeated Beavercreek in a thrilling finish to the season to win the state championship.
Saturday, the Beavers got some small measure of payback, defeating Troy 3-1 in the semifinals of the preseason Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament at Poelking South, as the Trojan girls finished fourth overall and the boys finished ninth, each with one player qualifying for the all-conference team.
The girls rolled a total of 3,684 during qualifying to sit in fourth heading into bracket play. They then swept Centerville 3-0 before falling to Beavercreek in four.
Jenna Stone led the girls with 194-213-206—613, earning a spot on the all-conference team with the second-best total on the day. Kirsten McMullen rolled 154-172-190—516, A’leigha Smith rolled 153-171-187—511, Cassie McMullen rolled 186-141-173—500, Alyssa Shilt added 138-185 and Sierra Brown rolled a 117.
Troy’s boys rolled 3,720 during qualifying to finish ninth, missing the cut by a mere eight pins. Aaron Stone led the way, qualifying for the all-tournament team by rolling 190-242-204—636, the third-best total on the day. Hayden Jackson followed with 153-204-186—543, Carson Rogers rolled 192-154-159—505, Landon Flory rolled 171-171, A.J. Kendall added a 140 and Jason Shiltz a 171.
Tippecanoe’s boys finished 18th with 3,000. James Ridgeway rolled 179-242-178—599, Nick Lanham rolled 160-160-177—497, Aaron Davis rolled 91-124-156—371, Austin Post rolled 137-117, Taylor Riggle rolled 138 and Ian Smith 104.
The Red Devil girls were also 18th with 2,650. Ashlyn Herzog rolled 131-181-139—451, Reeghan Brown rolled 137-158-123—418, Jessica Goodson rolled 126-99-172—397, Olivia Hamilton rolled 111-108, Abbey Ley added a 104, Kenzie Maxton a 101 and Savannah Klein an 87.
* Boys Basketball
Miami East 64,
BRADFORD — This time, the Miami East boys basketball team didn’t need any late heroics to hold on.
The Vikings (3-0, 1-0 Cross County Conference) remained unbeaten Friday night, getting another 30-point effort from Logan West in a 64-52 victory at Bradford.
West led the way with 34 points and 11 rebounds and Cam Coomes added 13 points. Ian Gengler scored five points and Austin Rutledge had four, with Austin Kearns grabbing 10 rebounds.
“We played an excellent game, led by Logan’s 23 points in the first half to put us up 34-20,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “We led by as many as 20, but Bradford fought back and played hard all night. It was another solid effort and win for us.”
Miami East traveled to Graham Saturday in a game that was not complete at time of press.
Miss. Valley 54
BRANDT — Bethel’s boys basketball team finally got off to the kind of start coach Brett Kopp wants to see.
And even after a 73-54 victory over Mississinawa Valley Friday night in Cross County Conference play, the Bee players knew that there was still work to be done after the finish.
“We got up 51-23 at halftime and got a little complacent,” Kopp said. “So far, we’ve had two games where we didn’t start real well but finished strong. Tonight, we started real strong and didn’t finish real well. It’s all about coming together as a team and figuring it out. We’ve got a lot of talented basketball players, and we’ll figure it out.”
Leading Bethel (3-0, 2-0 CCC) on the night was three of those players in double figures — Caleb South with 25 points, Ryan Rose with 15 and Tyler Terry with 12. Jacob Evans added seven points, Ian Anderson and Kendal James each had six and Jesse Nickell scored two.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that can play basketball, and they want to win,” Kopp said. “A lot of the time, you get kids that want to win but don’t hate to lose — and these kids are competitors. They hate to lose. We won by 19, and after the game they knew they had things to work on — and that’s what you want as a coach.”
Bethel traveled to Fairmont Saturday in a game that was not complete at time of press.
SIDNEY — The Tippecanoe Red Devils fell to 0-2 Friday night and dropped their Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division opener, outscoring Sidney 31-21 in the fourth quarter but falling short, 80-73.
Josh Wildermuth led Tippecanoe with 16 points, Caiden Smith scored 14 and Quenten Williams added 13. Tyler Skaggs had nine and Adam Grieshop and Zach Bonifas each chipped in eight.
Tippecanoe hosts Piqua Tuesday.
Preble Shawnee 66,
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union struggled offensively Friday night in its Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division opener against Preble Shawnee, falling 66-31.
William Morris scored nine points, Blake Smith added seven and Blake Ullery scored six to lead the Bulldogs (0-2, 0-1 SWBL Buckeye), who host Madison Tuesday.
Other scores: Ansonia 65, Newton 63. Franklin Monroe 54, Covington 47. Butler 39, Piqua 37.
* Girls Basketball
PLEASANT HILL — Newton’s Tatum McBride and Elizabeth Carroll both reached double figures Saturday, leading the Indian girls basketball team to a 50-24 victory over Cross County Conference foe Bradford.
McBride had 19 points to lead all scorers and Carroll added 14 for Newton (4-1). Mandi Bates had a double-double for Bradford with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Newton travels to Covington Tuesday, while Bradford hosts Covington Thursday.
Miami East 29
VERSAILLES — Versailles jumped out to a 20-point lead after one quarter and a 39-15 lead at halftime Saturday, defeating Miami East 67-29 in non-league play.
Haley Howard had 11 points and Camryn Miller scored eight, but no other Viking had more than four points.
Miami East (3-5) travels to Arcanum Thursday.
Other scores: Arcanum 45, Milton-Union 33.
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