By Josh Brown
DAYTON — With stubborn Miami Valley still hanging around, Troy Christian boys basketball coach Ray Zawadzki posed a challenge to his team.
His Eagles accepted it.
Troy Christian (7-9, 6-3 Metro Buckeye Conference) closed out the game on a 10-0 run over the final 3:38, putting away Miami Valley 53-37 Monday night on the road for its third straight victory.
“I was really proud of the way the kids responded defensively in the third quarter,” Zawadzki said. “After we gave up some easy baskets, I called a timeout and challenged the kids — and they responded with both effort and efficiency. They’ve been working hard, and it’s good to see them reaping the rewards of that work.”
Hayden Hartman scored a career-high 13 points off the bench, hitting the team’s two 3s on the night, and Luke Dillahunt added another 13 points. James Anderson had 11 points and seven rebounds and Jacob Brown, Chase Hayden and Ben Schenk each scored four points.
Troy Christian held a slim 12-8 lead after one quarter and 22-17 edge at the half, but Miami Valley (3-12, 2-7 MBC) remained close, trailing only 37-30 going into the fourth. But the Eagles outscored Miami Valley 16-7 in the fourth, including the 10-0 run to put the game away.
Troy Christian will host a pair of non-conference games this weekend, taking on Arcanum Friday in search of its fourth straight win and then Houston on Saturday.
* Girls Basketball
Miami Valley 53,
Troy Christian 34
DAYTON — The Troy Christian girls basketball team struggled offensively against a tough Miami Valley team for the second time this season Monday night, falling behind 30-13 by halftime in a 53-34 loss on the road in Metro Buckeye Conference play.
Meredith Haddad, Kathryn Lee and Hailey Peters all scored seven points for the Eagles (12-4, 4-4 MBC) and Lauryn Lavy added five for the Eagles, who previously lost 47-27 to Miami Valley (16-2, 8-0 MBC) on Dec. 3.
Troy Christian travels to Jefferson Thursday.
FRANKLIN — A 20-10 second quarter spelled the beginning of the end for Milton-Union Monday night as Franklin defeated the visiting Bulldogs 54-29 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Liz Renner had 11 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Bulldogs (13-6, 6-2 SWBL Buckeye), who only trailed by four at 11-7 after the first quarter — but fell behind 31-17 by halftime. Madeline Brown added six points and Kristen Dickison and Jordan Pricer both scored four.
Milton-Union travels to Dixie Friday.
Lehman 56, Piqua 30
SIDNEY — The Lehman girls basketball team — while still young — is turning a corner.
The Piqua girls are still trying to get there.
That combination led to a 56-30 Lehman victory over the Indians Monday night in non-conference action.
Hannah Fogt led Lehman (8-10) with 16 points and Grace Monnin added eight, while Lauren Williams paced Piqua (3-16) with six points.
Piqua hosts Sidney Wednesday, while Lehman hosts Arcanum Saturday.
Troy 5, Elder 1
TROY — After tying Southwestern Ohio High School Hockey League rival Alter 3-3 on Saturday, the Troy hockey team faced Elder on Sunday in another key division game, with the Trojans scoring three second-period goals to put away a 5-1 victory at Hobart Arena.
Tyler Hess put in a rebound off a Michael Hess shot to give the Trojans (13-12-3, 4-3-3 SWOHSHL) a 1-0 lead after the first, but Elder tied it slightly more than a minute into the second period. A.J. Noll put the Trojans up for good with a feed from Nate Uhlenbrock, though, then Noll notched an assist on a Prestyn Hoeffler goal that made it 3-1 Troy.
Hoeffler and Noll hooked up again before the end of the second, with Hoeffler scoring again to give Troy a 4-1 lead, then Troy Moore added one more insurance goal with two minutes remaining to cap off the scoring.
Cory Neff got the win in goal, making 22 saves on 23 shots faced.
Troy hosts Sycamore Friday night.
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