Smith earns district berth

Staff Reports

DAYTON — Piqua junior Travis Smith qualified for the district bowling tournament by rolling a 618 series at the sectional tournament Wednesday at Poelking Lanes South.

Smith, who averaged 204.2 during the season, rolled games of 242, 185 and 101.

Piqua finished 14th with a 3,240 total.

Other Piqua scores were Kyle Ingle 159-171-154—484, Mitch Havenar 149-128-143—420, Austin Jenkins 146-136-124—406 and Shane Kerrigan 111-122-164.


Chargers split

OCCAC games

The Edison Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams split two games with Cincinnati State Wednesday in OCCAC action.

The men won 91-88, highlighted by Malik Thurman (Stebbins) scoring his 1,000th career point.

Thurman had 21 points and five rebounds, while Jalen Hearn had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Cody May had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Chris Landrum added 10 points.

The Lady Chargers lost 71-55.

Brooke Dunlevy poured in 28 points, while Sydney Miller had 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals.


Roaders finish

game strong

BRADFORD – With 6:47 remaining in the game and trailing 58-36, it would have been easy for Bradford to have gone through the motions for the rest of the game and let the Riverside Pirates win a laugher.

The young men of Coach Mackenzie Perry had other ideas. The Railroaders became much more aggressive offensively, and some open looks finally began to fall while defensively they used the strategy of sending the Pirates to the free throw line to see if they could sustain their lead from there. When the final buzzer sounded Bradford came up short but just by the score of 73-64.

Bradford will play Russia at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Piqua D-IV sectional action.

“I’m proud they didn’t quit,” Coach Perry said. “Thirty points in the fourth quarter, that’s unheard of. I think a lot of people came out of this gym thinking Bradford’s not going to be a pushover, and I’m glad I can be a part of it.”

Alex Swabb led Bradford with 18 points. Drew Patty added 14 and Dialaquan Millhouse and Andy Branson each scored nine.


Lady Vikings

coast to win

TIPP CITY — The Miami East girls basketball team cruised to a 75-32 win over Bethel Wednesday in Franklin Monroe D-III sectional basketball action at Tippecanoe High School.

The Vikings will play top seed Anna in the sectional finals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Monroe High School.

Miami East jumped out to a 22-7 first quarter lead, and never looked back.

The Vikings were led by Morgan Haney with 23 points, six steals, and four assists.

Haley Howard with another double-double as she tossed in 12 points and pulled 16 rebounds. Megan Thompson and Bailey Miller chipped in 10 points apiece, while Megan Kinnison and Kyndall Hellyer added six points each.

Lady Tigers

move on

PITSBURG — The Versailles girls basketball team advanced to the Franklin Monroe D-III sectional finals with a 53-35 win over Northeastern Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers, 18-6, will play Middletown Madison at 11 a.m. Saturday at Franklin Monroe High School.

Versailles took command of a close game with a 13-2 run to open the second quarter and an important 15-point contribution from the bench.

The Lady Tigers spent most of the first quarter establishing their inside game as Danielle Winner and Lauren Monnin accounted for 11 of their 14 points. The Lady Jets were a good physical matchup for Versailles and caused the Tigers to work hard in close for their scores. The Lady Tigers led after one period 14-10.

The second period would be the key to the game.

Coach Jacki Stonebraker has been rotating many players in and out of games to keep them fresh and so they can give maximum effort for short periods of time. Kami Ording, a 5-foot 8-inch junior, would respond Wednesday night off the bench with two 3-point goals that kick-started the offense on its 13-2 burst.

Versailles went on to dominate the quarter 18-4. Monnin would contribute seven points while Camille Watren added a triple. Starting point guard Kami McEldowney returned to action and had a field goal during the period. It was all Lady Tigers at the half, 32-16.

“Second quarter was a big quarter for us,” coach Stonebraker said. “We came out in the second quarter and smothered them defensively and got a couple quick steals. Kami Ording came in and hit two threes that were huge threes to build that lead. Those two threes, they got our offense ignited. Defense is what won us this game.”

The second half was very closely contested. The Lady Tigers won each quarter but only 10-9 and 11-10. Coach Stonebraker continued to give all of her players valuable tournament experience.

The lone black cloud this game for Versailles was free throw shooting. The Lady Tigers were 8 of 18 on the game and only 5 of 12 in the second half.

Piqua bowler Travis Smith earns district berth