WEST MILTON — After a defensive battle the first half, the points were coming fast and furious in the second half.
In the end, Milton-Union opened a double-digit lead and held on for a 43-39 victory over Covington in TRC action.
Milton-Union is 13-4 overall and 8-3 in the TRC, while Covington dropped to 10-8 overall and 7-4 in the TRC.
Late in first half, it was Jenna Brumbaugh 10 and the Anderson sisters (Maggie and Gracie) 7.
But, Carlie Besecker hit a shot to get the Buccs within 10-9 at the break.
Milton would open the second half by scoring the first 12 points to jump out to a 22-9 lead midway through the third quarter.
Shannon Brumbaugh had four points in the run, Kearsyn Robison and Ava Berberich would score three and Rachel Jacobs started the second half scoring with a basket.
But, Covington would not go down without a fight.
Delaney Murphy scored 14 points in the second half and combined with Maggie Anderson for 24 of the Buccs 30 points after the break.
Milton was up 29-18 at the end of the third quarter and maintain that for much of the fourth quarter as Robison hit three 3-pointers in the second half.
But, Murphy and Robinson helped Covington get it back down to single digits.
But, Milton hit four straight free throws down the stretch, before Gracie Anderson hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Jenna Brumbaugh had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Jacobs added 11 points and seven rebounds, Robison had nine points and three assists and Berberich had five points, five rebounds and six assists.
Murphy and Maggie Anderson scored 14 points each for Covington.
Gracie Anderson scored six points and Besecker added five points.
DAYTON — The Northridge girls basketball team gave Bethel a battle, but the Bees remained unbeaten in TRC play.
Bethel is now 13-3 overall and 10-0 in the TRC.
The Bees led 14-12, 24-21 and 40-33 at the quarter breaks.
Kerigan Calhoun scored 22 points for Bethel and Karley Moore added 19 points.
Miami East 47,
Troy Christian 22
TROY — The Miami East girls basketball team got a win in TRC play Thursday night.
The Vikings improved to 15-4 overall and 9-2 in the TRC, while the Eagles dropped to 6-11 overall and 3-8 in the TRC.
Camryn Francis had 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and four blocks for Miami East and McKayah Musselman had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
Katie Paulus had seven points and Jacqueline Kadel added five points.
Mara Fine dished out 10 assists and Maryn Gross had three steals.
SIDNEY — The Lehman Catholic girls basketball team picked up its first TRC win of the season.
The Cavaliers improved to 3-13 overall and 1-10 in the TRC.
Lehman trailed 8-6 after one quarter, but led 17-14 at halftime and 24-17 after three quarters.
Preble Shawnee 60,
CAMDEN — The Newton girls basketball team dropped to 7-10 overall and 4-5 in the WOAC.
Newton trailed 14-9, 25-17 and 54-19 at the quarter breaks.
Emma Szakal scored nine points and Payton Nicholas and Reese Hess each scored six points.
BRADFORD — The Bradford girls basketball team did all its scoring in the first half Thursday night in a WOAC loss.
Bradford dropped to 0-16 overall and 0-8 in the WOAC.
The Railroaders trailed 19-2, 51-5 and 68-5 at the quarter breaks.
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