By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
WEST MILTON — Early in the season, Madison routed the Milton-Union girls basketball team on one of the Bulldogs’ tougher nights shooting the ball.
Thursday night, the Bulldogs got revenge.
Milton-Union (8-4, 3-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) climbed up to second place in the league standings, knocking the Mohawks down a rung by taking the advantage early and holding on in a second-half battle for a 46-43 victory Thursday night — the Bulldogs’ sixth win in their last seven games.
Maddie Brown hit four 3s and led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points, while Kristen Dickison and Bri Stone each scored eight points, with Dickison adding eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. Beyonce Bobbitt added six points and six rebounds, Olivia Brown and Liz Renner each scored four points and Taylor Jacobs had two points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Milton-Union took a 14-11 lead after the first quarter and 28-24 at halftime. Madison (5-7, 4-3 SWBL Buckeye) drew to within 35-32 at halftime, but the Bulldogs held them off and played even in the fourth to win.
Milton-Union hosts Northridge on Jan. 19.
COVINGTON — Covington was looking to shake off two straight losses when Ansonia visited Thursday night in Cross County Conference action.
While it took almost a half to stat clicking, the Buccaneers did exactly that in a 52-31 victory over Ansonia.
“We were coming back from a tough game Monday,” Covington coach Jim Meyer said. “I thought the second half, we got back to playing the way we had been playing.”
It started late in the first half with Covington leading 16-13.
Jordan Crowell and Justice Warner had steals for baskets after Sammi Whiteman had a putback and Lexie Long hit two free throws before Ansonia made a late free throw to make Covington’s lead 24-14 at the break.
And it wasn’t as if the Buccs had played that bad in the first half.
“We just weren’t knocking down shots,” Meyer said. “We missed at least seven two-foot shots in the first half. If we just make three of those, it is a 16-point lead at half, instead of 10.”
Warner and Tori Lyle took over in the third quarter as Covington opened the quarter with a 15-2 run.
Warner hit two shots — including a 3 — to start the half and Lyle had four putbacks in the quarter. That made it 39-16, and Ansonia never recovered.
“We hadn’t been getting any offensive rebounds,” Meyer said. “Then, Tori (Lyle) starts getting every rebound in the third quarter. That quarter — Tori and Justice (Warner) hitting those two shots were a big part of that. Those shots by Justice were big.”
The whole team seemed to feed off that as the Buccs cruised to the victory.
“Jordan (Crowell) and Sammi (Whiteman) made some big plays,” Meyer said. “Lauren (Christian) hit a big shots for us. Lexie (Long) played great defense. Addison (Metz), Allie (Angle) and Lillian (Hamilton) all hit shots. It was everybody.”
Whiteman led Covington, which improved to 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the CCC, with 13 points and five rebounds, while Lyle just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Warner had seven points, Long had six points and six rebounds and Hamilton added five points and six rebounds in the second half.
Covington will get ready for big home game Monday with Russia by traveling to Bethel Saturday in CCC action.
Miami East 31
CASSTOWN — Miami East took an early lead over Cross County Conference leader Tri-Village Thursday night, but the Patriots outscored the Vikings 36-12 over the course of the second and third quarters to pull away for a 59-31 victory.
Bailey Miller hit a pair of 3s and led the Vikings with 12 points and Haley Howard added seven.
The Vikings took a 15-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Patriots built a 30-21 lead by halftime and held a 47-27 lead going into the fourth.
Miami East travels to Ansonia Saturday.
Lima Perry 17
SIDNEY — The Lehman girls basketball team rolled to a 48-17 win over Lima Perry Thursday in Northwest Central Conference action.
Lehman jumped out to an 11-2 first quarter lead. After leading 19-10 at halftime, Lehman stretched the lead to 37-11 after three quarters with an 18-1 advantage in the third quarter.
Hannah Fogt led Lehman with 12 points and nine rebounds. Carly Edwards had seven points and six rebounds and Brogan McIver also scored seven points. Abby Schutt grabbed eight rebounds, Grace Monnin pulled down seven and Grace Olding had five steals.
ARCANUM — Bradford found the going tough in a 53-20 loss to Arcanum Thursday in Cross County Conference play.
Chelsea Gill did half the scoring for the Lady Railroaders with 10 points.
CELINA — Miami East wrestling got off to a fast start — literally — and never looked back in sweeping a double dual with Celina and Oakwood Thursday.
Miami East recorded pins — all in the first period — in its first five matches against Celina in a 51-30 win.
Kaleb Nickels (113), Micah Davis (120), Graham Shore (126), Alex Isbrandt (132) and Zane Strubler (138) were the quick winners in those matches.
Matt Welker (182) would add another first period pin, Travis Ferguson (152) and Colton Kowalak (170) would also win by pins and Brenden Dalton (220) won a 7-5 decision in overtime.
East followed that with a 49-25 win over Oakwood.
Winning by pin were Davis (120), Isbrandt (132), Strubler (138), Ferguson (152) and Kowalak (170).
Dalton (220) recorded an 11-0 major decision and Kaleb Nickels (113) had a 10-7 decision to start things off.
Trey Rush (126) and Welker (182) won by forfeit.
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