The Piqua bowling teams swept Newton Tuesday.
With Newton only having three bowlers, the Piqua boys won 1,850-765.
Terry Penny led the Indians in scoring with a 352 series (180-172). Austin Jenkins had a 181 and Nick Jess had a 167. In the baker games, Piqua had games of 169 and a 155.
“Scores have been lower at Brel-Aire lanes this season as the oil pattern and lane conditions have not been consistent,” Piqua coach Craig Miller said. “The boys know they have a lot of work to get ready for their next contest at the GWOC Pre-Season tournament held at Poelking South lanes.”
The girls won 1,651-1,264,
Rayna Brownlee and Chloe Koon Piqua to the win.
Koon had a high game of 185 and a 308 series, while Rayna Brownlee led the Indians with a 328 series with games of 168 and 160.
Kyra Buchanan had a 162 game.
“The lane conditions tonight were a tough shot to figure out,” Piqua girls coach Jason Jenkins said. “A problem we are going to have to figure out before our next match at home.”
Piqua is off until the GWOC Preview Dec. 10 at Poelking South.
PLEASANT HILL — Following last season, Newton knew it needed contributions from more than just a couple players.
Tatum McBride and Kaylee Kesler both reached double figures Tuesday night and the Indian defense forced 25 turnovers, while the Bulldogs simply couldn’t find a way to put the basketball in the net as the Newton girls basketball team pulled away for a 42-29 victory over Milton-Union at Newton High School.
McBride finished with a game-high 17 points and added five steals, while Kesler scored seven of her 10 points in the first half to help stake the Indians (2-0) out to a 26-17 lead at the break. Aliya Stine added five points and five rebounds, Anna Wolfe scored five points, Elizabeth Carroll had three points and Macy Flanary had two points and six rebounds.
And after the graduation of all-time leading scorer Madison Mollette, the Indians knew they’d need to find scoring from new places.
“Last year, 80 percent of the team’s offense went through two people,” Newton coach Steve Fisher said. “I just felt that we had to distribute a little more and get more people involved. Those girls that were role-players last year are having to step up and learn how to become scorers, and we’re slowly making progress.
“I thought that Kesler played really well today, hit a couple 3s. Obviously, we’re putting the ball in Tatum’s hands, and she made some outstanding decisions tonight. I thought our post players are getting better. We’re continuing to work with them and develop our post play. We’re kind of starting from ground zero with our post play, and we’re making progress. Going against the kind of size Milton-Union has, you cannot practice against that. We felt like if we could get out and run their big girls, we’d be okay.”
Newton will look to keep rolling Thursday night as they host Mississinawa Valley to open Cross County Conference play.
HOUSTON — The Russia Lady Raiders made it three in a row to start the season, winning at Houston in the County girls basketball opener Tuesday night 43-29.
Russia is now 1-0 and 3-0 and hosts Jackson Center Saturday. Houston is 0-1 and 0-3 and will play at Riverside Thursday in non-league play.
Russia jumped to a 13-2 lead after one period and was never threatened. Junior Cameo Wilson led a balanced attack with 13 points. Jenna Cordonnier added nine and Tiffany Hatcher eight.
Rebecca New had nine for the Lady Wildcats and Morgan Ely added eight.
The Bradford junior high girls basketball teams split two games with Arcanum.
The seventh grade lost 30-28.
Austy Miller scored 16 points and Alexis Barhorst added eight.
The eighth grade won 38-17.
Skipp Miller scored 24 points and Emma Canan and Cassi Mead both scored five.