By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
XENIA — Tia Bass’ new career high didn’t last long.
The Troy girls basketball team’s junior post had her way with Xenia Wednesday night on the road, single-handedly outscoring the Buccaneers with a 25-point effort in a 65-21 Trojan victory in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play.
Bass added 14 rebounds to post her ninth double-double of the season, with four of them coming in the Trojans’ last five games. The 25 points is also a new career high for her in a single game — her old career high of 21 points came in Troy’s most recent game, Friday night against West Carrollton.
Freshman point guard Macie Taylor also scored 20 points — giving her four 20-point games in her first season on varsity — and dished out six assists, while junior MaKenna Taylor chipped in 11 points and eight assists.
The Trojans scored enough points to win the game in the first eight minutes, taking a 25-6 lead after the first quarter. That lead turned into a 40-9 edge at halftime as Troy was never challenged by Xenia (1-15, 1-9 GWOC American South), which dropped its fifth straight.
With the win, Troy improved to 10-5 overall and 7-3 in the GWOC American North Division, winning for the fifth time in its last six games.
The Trojans host Greenville Saturday to begin its second run through American North Division play.
West Carrollton 20
WEST CARROLLTON — Tippecanoe’s defense did the job early on — and, truthfully, all night long.
Then the Red Devils’ offense took its turn.
Tippecanoe shut out West Carrollton defensively in the first quarter Wednesday night on the road, then it piled up 22 points in the second quarter to take control and never let go, routing the Pirates 55-20 in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play.
With the win, Tippecanoe’s GWOC American North Division winning streak hit 39 games leading into Thursday’s showdown with South Division leader Trotwood. The Devils, ranked No. 12 in the state in the latest Division II poll, improved to 11-4 on the season, 9-0 in the North.
Ashleigh Mader led the Devils with 15 points, Jillian Brown scored nine, Brooke Aselage added eight, Rachel Wildermuth chipped in seven and Katie Hemmelgarn scored six as Tippecanoe led 10-0 after the first quarter then outscored the Pirates 22-7 in the second to take a 32-7 halftime lead and coasted from there.
After Thursday’s rescheduled matchup against Trotwood, Tippecanoe goes back on the road, playing at Sidney Saturday.
Other scores: Piqua (11-4, 7-3 GWOC American North) 55, Stebbins 41.
Josh Brown is the Sports Editor of the Troy Daily News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.