SIDNEY — The Tippecanoe girls basketball team battled like champions throughout the game.
But, Sidney was eventually able to come away with a 51-45 win Saturday at Sidney High School.
Sidney and Vandalia-Butler shared the MVL title with 15-3 records.
Tipp closed the regular season 15-7 overall and 14-4 in the MVL.
The Red Devils trailed 18-10 after one quarter and 25-14 midway through the second quarter.
Laney Cleckner answered with a two and 3-pointer to make it 25-19, before Sidney scored the final four points of the first half.
Two baskets by Emily Aselage and another by Courtney Post pulled Tipp within 29-25 to start the second half.
Sidney would scored seven straight to take the lead back to double digits, before Cleckner hit a 3-pointer to make it 41-33 going to the fourth quarter.
Tipp would hold Sidney scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and 3-pointers by Savannah Clawson and Cleckner pulled Tipp within 43-39 with three minutes to go.
Larkyn Vordemark and Jordan Scully would score to open the lead back up to 47-39.
But, Tipp was not done.
Two baskets by Clawson got Tipp within 47-43 and a basket by Post made it 48-45 with 29 seconds to go, before Kiara Hudgins hit three of four free throws to ice the win for Sidney.
Cleckner led Tipp with 15 points and six assists.
Aselage had eight points and six rebounds and Post had eight points and five rebounds.
Clawson added seven points and six rebounds.
Vordemark led all scorers with 17 points for Sidney.
Hudgins had 14 points, four assists and four steals and Scully added 14 points, four assists and three steals.
Kellis McNeal pulled down seven rebounds.
Tipp was 17 of 44 from the floor for 39 percent, including six of 18 on 3-pointers for 33 percent. The Red Devils converted five of 10 free throws for 50 percent.
Sidney was 19 of 48 from the floor for 40 percent, including five of 16 from long range for 32 percent. The Jackets made eight of 11 free throws for 73 percent.
Tipp won the battle of the boards 23-19, but had 19 turnovers to Sidney’s six.
TROY — A bad third quarter doomed the Troy girls basketball team against Fairborn on Senior Day Saturday at the Trojan Activity Center.
Troy finished the regular season 6-16 overall and 6-12 in the MVL.
The Trojans will play Beavercreek in Vandalia D-I sectional action at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SAC.
The game was tied 9-9 after one quarter and Troy led 17-15 at halftime.
But, the Skyhawks outscored Troy 8-0 in the third quarter to lead 23-17 and the Trojans could not recover.
Kiyah Baker scored eight points in her final home game and Carmen Brooks netted six points.
Allana Bolden added five points.
GREENVILLE — The Piqua girls basketball team finished the regular season at 3-19 overall and 2-16 in the MVL after a road loss Saturday.
Piqua trailed 11-10, 20-14 and 32-19 at the quarter breaks.
Logan Spradlin had nine points and three steals and Audrey Bean added eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
Abby Brookhart had five points and Jaida Pams had five rebounds.
Troy Christian 72,
TROY — The Troy Christian girls basketball team closed the regular season with a win Saturday at the Eagles Nest.
The Eagles finished the regular season 12-10.
Troy Christian led 24-10, 35-13 and 60-22 at the quarter breaks.
Reign Wilkins had a big game with 20 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and eight steals and Brooklyn Lavy added 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals.
Riley Orange scored 16 points, Karis Miller netted 11 points and Kathleen Johnson pulled down five rebounds.
Lehman Catholic 25
ANSONIA — The Lehman Catholic girls basketball team closed the regular season at 7-15 after a road loss Saturday.
The Cavaliers trailed 10-4, 14-10 and 17-16 at the quarter breaks.
PLEASANT HILL — A slow start was costly for the Newton girls basketball team Saturday afternoon.
The Indians close the regular season with an 11-11 record.
Newton fell behind 24-8 after one quarter and trailed 28-13 at halftime and 40-18 after three quarters.
Rylie Hess scored 13 points for the Indians.
Reese Hess added eight points and Estie Rapp scored seven points.
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