By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
and Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
TROY — There may be new scoreboards at Troy Christian High School’s Eagles’ Nest this year.
But the Troy Christian and Legacy Christian defenses made sure they weren’t put to too much use Thursday night in a battle atop the Metro Buckeye Conference, with the Eagles outscoring the Knights 3-2 in overtime to claim a 34-33 victory.
With the win, Troy Christian remains undefeated at 6-0 and is all alone in first place in the MBC with a 4-0 record, while defending league champion Legacy Christian fell to 4-3 and 3-1 in the MBC.
The Eagles held the Knights without a field goal in the first quarter but only held a 2-1 lead after the first eight minutes. Legacy Christian didn’t connect on a field goal until the 2:30 mark of the second quarter, and Troy Christian held a 13-9 halftime lead.
The Knights rallied in the third, though, taking a 23-19 lead, but the Eagles fought back in the fourth to tie the score at 31-31 and held on for a one-point win.
Troy Christian hosts New Bremen Saturday.
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BRANDT — Bethel got back to the .500 mark in convincing fashion Thursday night, routing Mississinawa Valley 83-24 in Cross County Conference play to improve to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in the CCC.
Kenna Gray and Liv Reittinger both scored enough to beat the Blackhawks on their own, with Gray leading all scorers with 28 points and Reittinger pouring in 25. Kerrigan Calhoun added 10 points as the Bees turned a 10-7 first quarter lead into a blowout.
Bethel travels to Newton Saturday.
SIDNEY — The Lehman Catholic girls basketball team stayed perfect in NWCC action with a home win.
The Cavaliers led 25-20, 33-24 and 47-40 at the quarter breaks.
Hope Anthony had a perfect night from the floor, hitting all six shots she attempted and scoring 12 points.
Heidi Toner was 6-for-9 from the floor and had 12 points and six steals.
Tori Lachey had a breakout game with 10 points, while Rylie McIver had nine points and five steals.
Caroline Wesner had six points and five rebounds and Colleen O’Leary grabbed seven rebounds.
ANSONIA — The Newton girls went on the road for a CCC victory.
Newton led 12-7, 30-18 and 36-26 at the quarter breaks.
Jaden Stine used pressure defense to create offense, leading the Indians with 14 points.
Camryn Gleason led the offense, attacking the rim for 20 points.
Madalynn Hughes, Katelyn Walters and Hannah Beidelman all scored eight points.
Kailey Heisey had a strong floor game and Emma Szakal played strong defense.
Preble Shawnee 44,
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union started strong Thursday night, but a big second half by Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division rival Preble Shawnee led to a 44-32 Bulldog loss.
It was the third straight loss for the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-4 SWBL Buckeye), who led 14-6 after the first quarter. But Preble Shawnee cut that lead to 22-20 by halftime then outscored Milton-Union 24-10 in the second half to claim the win.
Jayla Gentry had eight points and eight rebounds, Morgan Grudich had eight points, three rebounds and two blocked shots and Rachel Thompson had eight points, five rebounds and two steals to lead the Bulldogs.
Milton-Union travels to Northridge Saturday.
PITSBURG — Covington struggled against a strong Franklin Monroe team on the road, dropping to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the CCC.
Covington was down just 16-11 after one quarter.
Franklin Monroe opened the lead to 37-15 at halftime and led 54-17 after three quarters.
Claudia Harrington led Covington with eight points and Morgan Kimmel scored six.
Covington will play Newton in the Buccaneer Holiday Classic Friday.
• Boys Basketball
TIPP CITY — Even a two-day delay couldn’t knock the Tippecanoe boys basketball team out of its rhythm.
The Red Devils won their fourth straight Thursday night in a matchup that had been snowed out on Tuesday, routing Greenville 65-36 at home in Miami Valley League Miami Division play.
The Devils — who still have yet to score less than 60 points in a game this season — jumped out to a 15-8 lead after one and a 29-16 halftime lead before outscoring Greenville 20-11 in the third to make the score 49-27 and effectively put the game out of reach.
Zach Frederick led all scorers with 21 points for Tippecanoe, while Ben Knostman and Cole Coppock each had 12 points.
After hosting Fairborn Friday night, Tippecanoe (5-1, 4-1 MVL Miami) heads to Florida for three games in the Rock Holiday Tournament beginning on Dec. 27.
VANDALIA — The new Miami Valley League held its inaugural duals tournament Thursday at Butler High School, with Tippecanoe finishing as the runner-up to the host Aviators.
The Red Devils entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed but upset No. 2 Stebbins in the semifinals to earn a shot at Butler, but the top-seeded Aviators finished on top.
Troy was seeded No. 8 but fell to No. 9 Sidney in a preliminary round, eventually knocking off 10th-seeded Piqua to place ninth, with the Indians finishing 10th.
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