URBANA — After missing her entire sophomore season with an injury, some were left to wonder how Morgan Haney would look when she returned.
The Miami East junior point guard answered all of those questions and then some.
Haney scored a game-high 25 points, hitting two of the Vikings’ four 3-pointers on the night and leading Miami East (1-0) to a 70-55 victory over Olentangy in the opening round of the Skeeter Classic Friday at Urbana High School.
Haley Howard added 13 points, Camryn Miller scored nine points and Kaitlyn Mack added seven for the Vikings, who took a 19-11 lead after the first quarter but clung to a 32-30 lead at halftime — only to blow the game open by outscoring Olentangy 21-2 in the third quarter. Mikayla Schaffner scored six points, Gabrielle Hawkins and Maria Staton each scored four and Bailey Miller added two.
Miami East will face Mechanicsburg — which routed host Urbana 67-31 Friday night — in Saturday’s championship game.
GREENVILLE — The Bradford Railroaders (1-0) came from behind to defeat Eaton 49-43 in the opening round of the Annie Oakley Shootout at Greenvile Friday night, advancing to the tournament’s title game.
Skipp Miller scored 18 points and Chelsea Gill added nine for Bradford, which will face host Greenville in Saturday night’s championship.
Sidney in opener
RUSSIA — Russia and Sidney are without their top scorers from last year. If Friday’s season opener was any indication, Russia has absorbed the loss better.
The Raiders pulled out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 47-29 victory over Sidney in a nonconference game.
Russia finished 21-6 and won a district title last season but are without leading scorer Maria Herron, who graduated. Herron was the Shelby County Athletic League player of the year and averaged of 12.6 points per game.
Russia’s returning players ran the offense with relative ease against Sidney. After building an 11-point lead by halftime, the Raiders started the third quarter on a 14-4 run and led 41-22 at the end of the third quarter.
“We had a lot of girls step up and hit shots,” Russia coach Andy Timmerman said. “We were facing the zone, which is not what we face in practice, and being the first game of year there’s not much film on them or anything to scout. I thought our girls did a good job getting good ball movement, cutting to the open spots and reading the defense.”
Two of the Raiders’ returning starters led the team in scoring. Junior forward Laurissa Poling and senior guard Whitney Pleiman each scored 10 points, Jenna Cordonnier added eight and Ashley Scott scored seven. Four other Russia players scored in the game.
“That’s always awesome to have a bunch of different scorers,” Timmerman said. “If one person’s having an off night, the next person can just step up.”
Timmerman was especially pleased with the performance since Russia had been dealing with injuries. Cameo Wilson, a senior forward who is also a returning starter, suffered an injury in Russia’s last volleyball game. She played on Friday, and Timmerman said she’s still working to fully recover.
Timmerman also said Poling and Cordonnier were also recovering from ankle injuries.
cruise to win
NEW MADISON — The Versailles girls basketball team opened the Tri-Village tournament with a 76-47 win over Greenon.
Versailles plays Tri-Village Saturday in the championship game.