By Josh Brown
TROY — Having already dropped four games in a row, the Troy boys basketball team embarked on arguably its roughest stretch of the season Tuesday night.
The Trojans (4-11) hosted Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division leader Springboro, remaining close for a quarter before the Panthers (12-3) pulled away with a 23-8 second quarter, then beginnings of a 74-46 Troy loss Tuesday night at the Trojan Activities Center.
It was the eighth win in the last nine game for the Panthers, who had three players in double figures. Drew Holweger had 19 points and seven rebounds, Justin Rigg had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Alec Holtrey had 10 points.
Troy only trailed by three at 12-9 after the first quarter, but the big second for the Panthers made it a 35-17 game at the half. The Trojans trimmed four off that lead in the third, trailing 47-33 going into the fourth, but Springboro outscored the Trojans 27-13 in the final quarter to close the game out.
Up next for Troy is defending GWOC North champion Greenville, which defeated the Trojans 74-46 back on Dec. 11. After that, Troy hosts Miami East — the No. 3 team in the state in Division III — Saturday night and then faces current GWOC North leader Trotwood on Tuesday.
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NEW PARIS — Newton (10-5, 6-2 Cross County Conference) steadily pulled away from National Trail all night Tuesday on the road, cruising to a 74-41 victory.
Nick Honeycutt led the Indians with 29 points, Brady McBride added 15 and Brock Jamison scored 11 as Newton held a five-point lead after one, turned that into a 12-point halftime advantage and put the game away by outscoring the Blazers (3-12, 1-7 CCC) 23-9 in the third.
Newton hosts CCC leader Miami East Friday.
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers put an end to their four-game losing streak Tuesday night, shutting down Ansonia on the defensive end for a 51-38 Cross County Conference victory.
The Buccs (8-8, 5-4 CCC) only led by three after the first quarter, but they held the Tigers (2-14, 2-8 CCC) to only three second-quarter points to take a 26-16 halftime lead. A 15-9 third quarter performance wrapped the game up.
Jordan Maschino led Covington with 21 points, Trevor Miller added 11 and Tristin Sowers, Jayce Pond and Zach Parrett each scored five.
Covington travels to Tri-Village Friday.
VERSAILLES — Versailles held Tippecanoe (10-6) to only 11 first-half points Tuesday night, defeating the Red Devils 61-43 in a makeup game — the Devils’ second straight loss after an eight-game winning streak.
Zach Wildermuth led Tippecanoe with nine points, Carter Mann added seven and Nate Shirley, Adam Grieshop and Jakob Prall each scored six.
Tippecanoe hosts Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division leader Tecumseh — which the Devils defeated to win Piqua’s holiday tournament in December — Friday.
CLAYTON —Northmont outscored Piqua 23-7 in the first quarter Tuesday and held on from there, defeating the Indians 66-58 in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover action.
Brad Hohlbein led Piqua (9-7) with 21 points and Colton Bachman scored 15.
Piqua hosts GWOC North leader Trotwood Friday.
Other scores: Arcanum 44, Bradford (2-11) 23.
BELLEFONTAINE — The Tippecanoe girls bowling team set a new season high Tuesday afternoon at Bellefontaine, but the Red Devils were swept by the Chieftains, with the girls falling 2,218-2,017 and the boys falling 2,582-2,515.
Jessica Goodson set a new high game and series with a 224 and 374, and Mary Kate Lee also set a new personal best game with a 221.
Nick Lanham had a high game of 233 for the boys, while Wyatt Wilson had the high series with a 296. Stephen Ridgeway added a 213 game.
Tippecanoe hosts its Senior Night Friday at Troy Bowl against Tecumseh.
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