By Josh Brown
TROY — In each of its three games, the Troy girls basketball team has put itself in a good position late, with chances to win each time.
The next step is for the Trojans to learn to finish.
After falling behind early in Monday’s game against Springfield Shawnee, the Trojans rallied — sparked by the long-range shooting of Alexis Otstot off the bench and led by the scoring of Alaura Holycross — carrying a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. But the Braves made enough plays down the stretch to steal a 45-40 victory at the Trojan Activities Center, making Troy 0-3 on the season.
Holycross led the Trojans with 11 points and Otstot hit three straight 3s and finished with nine points. Sierra Besecker had eight points, three rebounds and two assists, Bailey Hess had five points, four rebounds and two assists, Kiyha Adkins scored three points and Jenna Kaup and Bailey Dornbusch each had two points.
Troy trailed 14-10 after one quarter, but Otstot’s shooting gave them a 21-20 lead at halftime — a one-point edge that stood after three, 30-29. But the Trojans were 4 for 13 from the free throw line in the game, and Shawnee held on in the end.
Troy hosts Fairmont Thursday.
KETTERING — Troy’s girls bowling team improved to 2-0 Tuesday, defeating Fairmont 2,134-1,919. The Trojan boys, meanwhile, fell to 0-2 with a narrow 2,424-2,221 loss to the Firebirds.
Rachel Darrow (183-204) and Jenna Stone (173-214) led the Trojan girls with 387 series, A’Leigha Smith rolled 204-170—374, Kirsten McMullen rolled 156-178—334, Alyssa Shilt added a 158 game and Cassidy McMullen a 126 game.
Aaron Stone led the boys, rolling 211-205—416, Hayden Jackson rolled 206-171—377, Jason Shiltz rolled 187-171—358, A.J. Kendall rolled 212-142—354 and Landon Flory rolled 197-156—353.
The Trojans travel to Urbana for a tri-match with Mechanicsburg Thursday.
TROY — The Tippecanoe bowling teams opened the season Monday against a tough Miamisburg squad, with the boys team falling 2,717-2.342 and the girls falling 2,151-1,701.
Stephen Ridgeway had the high game and series for the Red Devils boys with a 226 and 404 series, while Wyatt Wilson added a 203 game.
Mary Kate Lee rolled a 178 game and 327 series to lead the girls, while Jessica Goodson added a 135.
Tippecanoe’s boys and girls, which both opened the season 0-1, will host Springfield Shawnee today at Troy Bowl.
At Frozen Creek
KETTERING — After an opening day loss at the Frozen Creek Tournament over the weekend, the Troy hockey team suffered a pair of one-goal losses on Saturday, salvaging one victory on the tournament’s final day, an 11-2 victory over Maumee Sunday at Kettering Rec Center.
Saturday’s play began with a narrow 4-3 loss to Athens. Doug Eardly scored on an assist from Troy Moore, then a Tyler Hess goal on an assist from A.J. Noll cut the deficit to 3-2. Athens got one more insurance goal, and Noll scored with 17 seconds left to cut it to one once again. Cory Neff made 25 saves in goal.
Then in a 4-3 loss to the Dayton Stealth, Troy took a second-period lead as Noll scored on an assist from Eardly. The Trojans fell behind before Prestyn Hoeffler scored on an assist from Eardly to tie it at 2-2. Noll scored another game-tying goal on assists from Eardly and Hoeffler, but the Stealth scored with 3:44 remaining to win it. Neff made 15 saves in the game.
The Trojans finished the tournament with an offensive explosion, routing Maumee 11-2. Noll had two goals and five assists, Hess had two goals and two assists, Eardly had two goals and an assist, Hoeffler had a goal and two assists, Moore and John Wehrkamp had a goal and an assist, Caleb Mangas and Shane Smith each had a goal and Grant Gariety, Enrique Alejandre and Graham Harvey each had an assist.
Troy (1-3) travels to Northern Kentucky Sunday.
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