Weekend Boys|Girls Basketball Tournament Roundup


DAYTON — The Miami East girls’s basketball team’s impressive season came to an end Friday night in a D-III district semifinal at Northridge High School.

The Vikings, the top ranked team in the state in D-III, lost 37-30 to West Liberty-Salem.

East finishes the season at 23-1 and was the second Viking team to have a perfect regular season.

WLS improved to 21-4 on the season.

After falling behind 6-2, Miami East had rallied to pulled even at 15-15 at halftime.

But, the Tigers would open a 26-21 lead after three quarters and hold on for the win.

Jacqueline Kadel had eight points and five rebounds for Miami East and Logan Phillips would score eight points.

Katie Paulus would add five points and three assists off the bench and Maryn Gross would grabe five rebounds.

Aava Astarino had 11 points and six rebounds for WLS.

Bailey Poppe had nine points and seven rebounds and Lillian Weaver scored nine points.

Megan Hollar added six rebounds and eight assists.

East was 11 of 43 from the floor for 26 percent, including just six of 26 from long range for 23 percent. The Vikings converted just two of eight free throws for 25 percent.

WLS was 14 of 37 from the floor for 38 percent, including five of 20 from 3-point range for 25 percent. The Tigers made four of 11 free throws for 36 percent.

WLS won the battle of the boards 28-25 and had eight turnovers to the Vikings seven.



CENTERVILLE — The Troy boys basketball team got off to a slow start and lost to Wayne in Centerville D-I sectional action.

Troy closes the season with a 7-16 record.

The Trojans trailed 15-7, 36-9 and 58-17 at the quarter breaks.


Bradford 51,

Ansonia 33

PIQUA — The Bradford boys basketball team survived a two-point second quarter and pulled away in the fourth quarter in the Piqua D-IV sectional opener Friday night at Garbry Gymnasium.

The Railroaders, 13-10 and the 12th seed will play second seeded Troy Christian, 21-2, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bradford was sparked by the hot shooting of Hudson Hill in the early going.

Hill hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the opening quarter as the Railroaders jumped out to a 22-14 lead.

Bradford’s only basket in the second quarter came on a putback by Landon Wills 1:35 before half, but the Railroaders were still up 24-19 at the break.

Ansonia was still down just 29-14 late in the third quarter, when a 3-pointer by Hill and baskets by Wills and Hill opened the lead to 36-24.

Bradford continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.

A 3-pointer by Griffin Trevino and a free throw and basket by Wills opened the lead to 46-29 and the Railroaders cruised from there.

Hill led all scorers with 19 points.

Wills added 15 points and Owen Canan scored seven points.

Troy Christian 65,

Catholic Central 36

PIQUA — In the second game at Piqua, Troy Christian used a fast start and put the game away early.

The Eagles will play Bradford at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in second-round action.

Parker Penrod and Frank Rupnik combined for 14 first quarter points as the Eagles led 17-7.

They increased the margin to 39-15 at the break.

Penrod scored 18 points in the opening half, Rupnik tallied 10 and Christian Brusman added five points.

Troy Christian pushed the lead to 62-23 after three quarters and emptied the bench for the fourth quarter.

Penrod led all scorers with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Rupnik had 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots and Brusman had 14 points and six rebounds.

Brennan Hochwalt added five points and four steals and Riston Taylor pulled down seven rebounds.

Newton 54,

Riverside 39

TROY — In a Troy D-IV sectional tournament opener Friday night, the Newton boys basketball team improved to 14-9 on the season.

The 11th seeded Indians will play 14th seeded Emmanuel Christian at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Trojan Activity Center.

Newton led 19-8, 31-19 and 42-30 at the quarter breaks.

Quinn Peters led the Indians with 19 points and Luke Cornett added 15 points.

Covington 54,

Legacy Christian 50

PIQUA — The Covington boys basketball team sent the fifth seed home early in a game that was close from the start Saturday at Garbry Gymnasium in Piqua D-IV sectional action.

Covington, 9-14 and the 15th seed will play 10th seeded Jackson Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in second-round action.

There were seven ties in the second half alone as the Buccs and the Knights battled back and forth.

Legacy led 19-18, 29-27 and 45-43 at the quarter breaks.

Brogen Angle and Bryson Hite had baskets to tie the game 45-45 and 47-47 early in the fourth quarter.

Britton Miller gave the Buccs the lead for good on a putback with 5:00 remaining and Angle scored with 3:03 to go to make it 51-47.

Legacy’s David Cancino would get a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to cut the lead to 51-50 with 1:52 to go.

Covington would then hold the ball, but turned it over with 28.5 seconds to go.

But, Hite would seal the win at the foul line.

After a jump ball gave Covington possession, Hite was fouled with 14.5 seconds to to and calmly hit both free throws to make it 53-50.

After a Legacy shot went off the side of the backboard, Hite was fouled and hit the second of two free throws to make it 54-50 and seal the win.

Hite led Covington with 22 points and Angle added 13 points.

Miller scored 10 and Connor Humphrey had a big game off the bench with nine points — including two 3-pointers in the second quarter.

Sports Editor Rob Kiser can be reached at [email protected]

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