By Josh Brown
BRANDT — Bethel boys basketball coach Brett Kopp let his team know he wasn’t pleased with how the first half went Tuesday night.
The Bees responded with a huge third quarter to put away Tri-County North and remain undefeated in Cross County Conference play, turning a 10-point halftime lead into a 79-56 victory at home Tuesday that made the team 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the CCC.
“I don’t think we defended that great all game,” Kopp said. “And in the first half, we were too quick with some shots, we weren’t sharing the basketball the way I expect us to. I got into them a little bit at halftime, and sometimes, with high school kids, that works. In the second half, we did it. But it can’t be that way all the time. I can’t have to motivate them to do certain things, the fundamental things, correctly.”
Bethel held Tri-County North to single digits in the first quarter, taking a 17-9 lead and extended that slightly to 32-22 at halftime. But a 28-18 third quarter made it a 20-point game, and the Bees coasted from there.
Caleb South led the Bees with 22 points on the night, and Ryan Rose hit five of the team’s seven 3s and scored 19 points. Kendal James added eight points, Tyler Terry had seven and Ian Anderson chipped in six.
Bethel travels to National Trail Friday night for a big CCC matchup.
TIPP CITY — Springboro’s Nick Pluta had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday, leading the Panthers to a 69-45 victory at Tippecanoe.
Caiden Smith scored 16 points and Quenten Williams had 14 for the Red Devils (4-7), who led 13-6 after the first quarter but fell behind 34-28 at the half after a big second quarter by the Panthers (8-4) and never recovered.
Tippecanoe travels to Fairborn Friday before returning home to host Milton-Union Saturday.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union couldn’t get its offense going Tuesday night against visiting Dixie, scoring only nine points in the first half and connecting on nine total field goals in the game in a 38-22 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division loss.
William Morris had more than half of those field goals with five and led the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-5 SWBL Buckeye) with 12 points, while Zach Vagedes and Daniel Albaugh each added four as Milton-Union fell behind 25-9 at halftime, rallied to go into the fourth quarter down 27-20 but was outscored 11-2 in the final eight minutes.
Milton-Union travels to Waynesville Friday before a rivalry game at Tippecanoe on Saturday.
National Trail 61,
COVINGTON — Nathan Blei hit a 3 with 2.6 seconds remaining to get Covington to within one point Tuesday night, but National Trail was able to inbound the ball and drain the clock to hold on for a 61-60 victory in Cross County Conference play.
Blei led the Buccaneers (6-5, 4-2 CCC) with 19 points, Jayce Pond scored 15, Trevor Miller added 12 and Jett Murphy chipped in eight as Covington trailed by eight after the first quarter, 10 at halftime and was behind 49-40 heading into the fourth.
Covington travels to Miami East Friday.
West Carrollton 44
PIQUA — Piqua only held a one-point lead after the first quarter over West Carrollton, but the Indians (3-7, 2-5 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) pulled away for a 63-44 victory Tuesday night.
Ben Schmiesing had 18 points and five rebounds and Nate Monnin had eight points and 13 rebounds to lead Piqua, which travels to Xenia Friday.
GREENVILLE — The undefeated Troy girls bowling team routed Greenville in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Tuesday, winning 2,133-1,684 on the road, while the Trojan boys hung on to complete the sweep with a close victory, 2,117-2,023.
Jenna Stone led the girls (7-0, 5-0 GWOC American North) by rolling 226-193—419, Kirsten McMullen rolled 172-182—354, Alyssa Shilt rolled 163-150—313, Jennica Funderburg rolled 161-148—309, A’leigha Smith added a 178 game and Cassidy McMullen a 171.
For Troy’s boys (5-2, 4-1 GWOC American North), Aaron Stone led the way with 214-224—438, Landon Flory rolled 218-205—423, Logan Jones rolled 176-148—324, A.J. Kendall added a 177 game, Hayden Jackson a 157, Jason Shiltz a 148 and Carson Rogers a 113.
Troy will compete at the Pioneer Classic on Monday in Lima.
* Girls Basketball
TC North 48,
LEWISBURG — The Bradford girls basketball team led for most of the second half, only losing it in the game’s final minute in a 48-47 loss at Tri-County North in Cross County Conference play Tuesday.
Mandi Bates led the Railroaders with 16 points, Olivia Hart added nine and Bianca Keener scored seven.
Bradford faces Arcanum Thursday.
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