By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
COVINGTON — Covington girls basketball coach Jim Meyer had a bad feeling before Monday’s game with Milton-Union.
That feeling proved correct, as the Buccaneers struggled from the start, while Milton-Union used a balanced effort to hold off Covington on the road 46-33 Monday night in non-league play.
“I guess if we were going to have a not good game, it is good that all the girls had it on the same night,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, we got it out of our system. Everything that could go wrong tonight did.”
Milton-Union took advantage of its size advantage to scored numerous second-chance points in the opening half.
“We don’t handle big well,” Meyer said. “That is a fact.”
After Covington’s Addison Metz hit her second 3 of the game to start the second quarter and give Covington a 13-11 lead, the Bulldogs outscored the Buccs 15-4 the rest of the quarter.
Maddie Brown closed the first half to stretch the lead to 26-17 at the break.
“They didn’t do anything we weren’t prepared for,” Meyer said about Milton. “Their three shooters got free in the first half.”
Kristen Dickison had Milton’s only two points in the first 6:30 of the third quarter, but Covington couldn’t take advantage.
The Buccs could only counter with a 3 by Sammi Whiteman and basket by Tori Lyle to close within 28-22.
But that was as close as Covington would get.
“We just weren’t with it tonight,” Meyer said. “We missed shots we don’t normally miss.”
Milton-Union opened a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and Taylor Jacobs made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch and 8 of 10 in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Th Bulldogs opened the lead to 15 before Allison Angle scored at the final buzzer to make it 46-33.
Maddie Brown and Dickison led a balanced Milton-Union attack.
Brown had nine points, while Dickison had nine points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Jacobs had eight points —all from the line — to go with nine rebounds and five assists, while Beyonce Bobbitt also scored eight points and added four rebounds and two steals.
Olivia Brown had six points and six rebounds, while Bri Stone had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Whiteman led Covington with 13 points and seven rebounds. Lyle had four points seven rebounds and Lexie Long pulled down six.
Covington was 13 of 52 from the floor for 25 percent and one of four from the line for 25 percent, while Milton-Union was 16 of 40 from the floor for 40 percent and 11 of 17 from the line for 65 percent.
Milton won the battle of the boards 35-29, but had 12 turnovers to Covington’s nine.
And considering all Covington has accomplished this season, one bad game is not all bad.
The Buccs (10-3) were coming off a heartbreaking loss to Tri-Village Thursday, and their response was somewhat predictable.
“These nights are going to happen,” Meyer said. “If you are around the game long enough, you are going to experience games like this. The good news is it wasn’t a league game. We just need to come back strong in our next game. These girls have given me everything they have all year.”
And will do that again Thursday when Ansonia visits for a CCC game.
Milton-Union, meanwhile, also returns to action Thursday, hosting Madison for a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division rematch — the Bulldogs (7-4, 2-2 SWBL Buckeye) lost to the Mohawks 57-38 on the road in the season’s second week.
PIQUA — Leading by seven after the first quarter, Tippecanoe put Piqua away in the second by outscoring the Indians 24-4 as the Red Devils pulled away for a 63-32 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division victory Monday night at Piqua.
Cali Stewart led Tippecanoe (9-2, 6-0 GWOC American North) with 18 points and six rebounds, Allison Mader added 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals and Taylor Prall and Brooke Aselage each scored 10 points, with Prall adding five rebounds. Claire Hinkle did not score but led the Devils in steals with five of their team total on 19.
Tylah Yeaomans led Piqua (2-9, 0-6 GWOC American North) with nine points and Lauren Williams scored eight.
Tippecanoe hosts Fairborn Wednesday, while Piqua hosts Xenia.
* Boys Basketball
Troy Christian 70,
Emmanual Chr. 42
SPRINGFIELD — The Eagles left no doubts from the start.
The Troy Christian boys basketball team (7-3, 3-1 Metro Buckeye Conference) jumped out to a 10-point lead after eight minutes and a 40-17 lead at the half Monday at Emmanuel Christian, cruising to a 70-42 victory in MBC play — and winning their fourth straight overall.
Ben Schenk led the Eagles with a career-high 18 points, adding nine assist, five rebounds and five steals, while James Anderson posted his ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Colt Tanner chipped in a career-high 11 points off the bench and Peyton Spurlock added nine points to Troy Christian’s season-high total offensively.
“We just came out on fire and led from start to finish,” Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki said. “Our goals was to play a complete game for 32 minutes, and I was very pleased with the effort overall. Colt came off the bench and hit some big shots early, and Ben is playing at a high level right now. I’m proud of how hard the guys worked today.”
The Eagles host Middletown Christian in another MBC matchup Friday night.
RIVERSIDE — The Tippecanoe boys bowling team knocked off Stebbins 2,265-1,974 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play Monday, while the Red Devils girls fell to the Indians 1,733-1,618 on the road.
James Ridgeway led the Tippecanoe boys (5-2, 4-1 GWOC American North Division) with 207-247—454, Nick Lanham rolled 189-232—421, Stephen Ridgeway rolled 186-215—401, Austin Post rolled 135-172—307 and Taylor Riggle rolled 153-121—274.
The Red Devil girls (2-5, 2-2 GWOC American North Division) were led by Jessica Goodson with 181-181—362, Ashlyn Herzog rolled 142-141—283, Reegan Brown rolled 134-120—254, Anna Deffet rolled 121-107—228 and Abbey Lee rolled 94-120—214.
Tippecanoe hosts Sidney Wednesday.
Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.