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HIGH SCHOOL

Boys Basketball

Rams downed by Triad

NORTH LEWISBURG —A slow third quarter led to Friday’s loss for Greeneview at Triad High School. The Rams held a narrow 29-27 lead at halftime, but were outscored 18-6 in the third quarter, for an eventual 62-51 loss in Ohio Heritage Conference play. Ethan Bradds led Grfeeneview (4-8, 3-4 OHC) with 16 points.

Buccaneers rally to win

MIAMISBURG — The host Miamisburg Vikings outscored Xenia, 26-16, in the third quarter to grab a 53-49 lead with just eight minutes left to play. But Xenia responded by outscoring the Vikings by a 30-18 count to earn a 79-71 win, Friday.

Rocky James led the Buccaneers (9-3, 3-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference, South) with 27 points, Ray James tossed in 19 points and Samari Curtis came off the bench to score 17 in the win.

Kort Justice led Miamisburg with 22 points.

Xenia has a nonleague battle at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 19 at Bellbrook High School.

Beavercreek falls to Springfield

BEAVERCREEK — Jackson Back scored a team-high 17 points, Cedric Baldwin scored 12 and Jackson Hansen scored 10 to lead the Beavers, but visiting Springfield outscored the hosts 27-18 in the final period of play to claim a 61-47 win, Friday night.

Beavercreek (2-11, 0-4 Greater Western Ohio Conference, Central) has a game at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Troy.

Carroll ‘Topped at the Hoop

KETTERING — T.K. Robinson scored 14 points and Patriots teammate D.J. Sommers scored 13 in Carroll High’s 60-42 loss to the Urbana Hilltoppers, as part of Saturday’s Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball showcase event at Kettering Fairmont’s Trent Arena.

Carroll (8-6) hosts West Carrollton at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Girls Basketball

Golden Eagles inch closer to title

FRANKLIN — In a battle of the top two teams in the SWBL Southwest Division, the Bellbrook Golden Eagles managed to withstand an early challenge from the Franklin Wildcats and used their quickness on defense to defeat the Wildcats and move within one game of securing another league championship, winning 52-36, Saturday at Franklin.

After a hard-fought first half, which saw Bellbrook take a 13-point lead into the half time, the Eagles scored the first nine points of the third quarter to take a comfortable lead they would retain throughout the final half. With senior Gabby Ozoude and sophomore Cassidy Bereda each scoring 12 points, the Golden Eagles were never threatened again and had eight girls score in their balanced attack. Franklin’s freshman center Lane Farrell was the game’s high scorer with 13 points.

Skyhawks win over Ponitz

DAYTON — Kaylie Cook and Evelyn Oktavec scored 18 points each to lead Fairborn to a 62-34 win over Dayton Ponitz on Saturday. Jana Brown-Griffith scored eight points, Courtney Mustard and Kirsten George scored six each, Chloe Johnson scored four points and Ashley Dagnan scored two fo the Skyhawks (4-10).

Fairborn played at Dayton Chaminade Julienne on Monday. They’ll host Xenia for a Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division tussle at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Baker Middle School’s Memorial Fieldhouse, in Fairborn.

Indians sink Yellow Springs

CEDARVILLE — Elizabeth Smith led the Bulldogs with 14 points, and Julian Roberts scored nine, but Yellow Springs was no match for host Cedarville on Saturday.

No individual statistics were provided for Cedarville, which led 29-19 at halftime then exploded to a 22-point third quarter to pull away to a 58-32 win.

Carroll falls at the Classic

BERLIN — Despite a 16-point performance by Amanda Schroeder, and 11 points from off the bench by Olivia Seymour, Carroll was unable to dig itself out of a 15-point first-half deficit to host Hiland at Saturday’s Classic in the Country girls basketball showcase event. Hiland won the game, 59-46.

The Patriots (10-6, 5-1 Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North) next play at Hamilton Badin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

Bulldogs split weekend battles

Yellow Springs remained atop the Metro Buckeye Conference with a (11-4, 7-0) 69-34 win over Middletown Christian on Friday, but fell 63-31 to Dayton Northridge at the Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball showcase at Kettering’s Trent Arena on Sunday.

Kaner Butler led the Bulldogs (11-4, 7-0 MBC) with 14 points and Tony Marinelli finished with eight points in the loss to the Polar Bears.

Yellow Springs gets back into Metro Buckeye Conference action at 7 p.m. on Friday when they travel to play at Xenia Christian.

COLLEGE

Raiders Demmings named Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS — For the third time this season, Wright State women’s basketball senior guard Kim Demmings has been chosen as the Horizon League Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday by the league office.

Demmings (Richmond, Indiana) scored 42 points over two games in Michigan last week, becoming Wright State’s all-time scoring leader (men’s and women’s) in the process. She shot 44 percent from the field, collected nine rebounds and dished out seven assists.

In an 89-71 win at Detroit on Jan. 14, Demmings scored 25 points as she hit 10 of 17 shots, including four of eight three-pointers. She also added six rebounds and four assists.

The Raiders then rallied for a 77-72 win at Oakland (Mich.) on Jan. 16 as Demmings finished with 17 points along with three rebounds and three assists.

The 17 points give Demmings 2,320 for her career as she passed WSU Hall of Famer Bill Edwards (2,303 points from 1989-93) for the most points in school history, men’s or women’s. Demmings is now just 20 points away from tying Milwaukee’s Traci Edwards (2,340 points from 2005-09) as the Horizon League’s all-time scorer in women’s basketball.

Demmings, who previously won the Player of the Week honor this season on November 22 and 29, currently ranks 25th in Division I in points scored with 343 and is 40th in scoring average at 19.1. The 2,320 career points are second among active Division I players, only trailing the 2581 by Minnesota’s Rachel Banham.

Wright State (15-3, 5-0 Horizon) hosts the Wisconsin schools this week, taking on Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, followed by Green Bay at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Raiders and Phoenix are currently tied for first in the league standings at 5-0.

Central State hosts Greene Co. Night

WILBERFORCE — Two of Greene County’s top college athletic programs will take to the hardwood on Thursday, Jan. 21 when Central State University hosts Cedarville University in the Inaugural Greene County Appreciation Night. The players, coaches and administrators from both schools invite the entire Greene County Community to come enjoy a great night of college basketball between two teams separated by just 4.9 miles.

Special guests include Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless and Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson. Mayor Bayless will serve as one of CSU’s honorary coaches. Commissioner Anderson will recognize both Central State and Cedarville for the important role each institution plays in the community during a ceremony at halftime.

“It should be a great game and we are looking forward to having Mayor Bayless and Commissioner Anderson in attendance,” said Central State Head Coach Joseph Price<http://www.maraudersports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=206>. “The Central State – Cedarville game is always a date we circle on our schedule and put special emphasis on. Coach Estepp will bring in a very talented and well-coached Cedarville team and we are looking forward to showcasing two great schools from Greene County in what will be a tremendous night for the entire community.”

Central State will offer $1 discount tickets to all employees of Greene County and the City of Xenia when they present a valid employee ID at the CSU ticket booth. In addition to the intriguing game between CSU and CU, the renowned Invincible Marching Marauders and CSU cheerleaders will be in attendance to promote a great in-game atmosphere throughout the evening.

Central State and Cedarville tip-off the action at 7 pm in Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium.

For ticket information and additional details, please contact the Central State athletic department by phone (937-376-6345) or e-mail maraudersports@centralstate.edu. Fans are also encouraged to visit www.maraudersports.com for news and upcoming events.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com.

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