SIDNEY — The very first game in the Sidney D-IV girls basketball sectional ournament produced an upset when fifth-seeded Houston defeated third-seeded Russia.
The Lady Wildcats came from four points down after three quarters to get past the Lady Raiders 55-49 and advance to the upper-bracket semifinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Mechanicsburg, which had a first-round bye.
Houston will take a 10-13 record into that game. Russia, meanwhile, closes out the campaign with a 12-11 mark.
The score was deadlocked at the half at 26, but Russia pulled ahead by outscoring Houston 12-8 in the third quarter. Cameo Wilson had six of her nine points in that period, while Houston’s Jenna Winner had all eight of her team’s points.
In the final period, Houston overtook the Lady Raiders late and then used the free throw line to put it away. In the fourth quarter alone, the Lady Wildcats went to the line 15 times and hit 12 of them. Macey Stang dropped in 4-for-5 and Winner was 4-for-6
Winner had a big day, finishing with 23 points for Houston. She wound up 11 for-14 from the free throw line.
Rebekah New finished with 12 points and Stang added 10.
Tiffany Hatcher and Maria Herron both had 13 points for Russia. Herron had three three-pointers, giving her an even 50 for the season.
BROOKVILLE — The Covington girls basketball team advanced in Brookville D-IV action Saturday, defeating Bradford 54-30.
Covington will play Xenia Christian at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sammi Whiteman led Covington with 22 points and Brooke Gostomsky added 10. Whiteman also had eight assists, while Carly Shell and Lexie Long had eight rebounds each.
“Sammi played an all around great game tonight,” Covington coach Craig Maschino said. “Her court vision was exceptional today Our girls did an outstanding job of seeing the gaps in their defense and cutting to the open spots. Carly Shell’s hustle plays and Brooke (Gostomsky) stepping in to take charges is what tournament play is all about, effort and want.”
Maschino was particularly happy with the defense.
“We had girls diving on the floor for loose balls and just flat out getting after it,” he said. “An all around great team performance tonight. Our defensive execution was solid tonight. We wanted to force them into perimeter shots and keep the ball out of the paint. The girls executed the game plan very nicely and kept the ball out of (Mackenzie) Weldy’s hands.”
Mandi Bates led Bradford with 19 points and Mackenzie Weldy added eight.
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BROOKVILLE — The Newton girls basketball team cruised to a 58-33 win over Franklin Monroe in Brookville D-IV action.
Newton will play Twin Valley South at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Madison Mollette and Tatum McBride both scored 17 points for Newton.
TIPP CITY — The Miami East girls basketball team got past Preble Shawnee 56-48 in in Tippecanoe D-III action Saturday.
Miami East will play Bethel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Morgan Haney led East with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Haley Howard added 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Kyndall Hellyer had 13 rebounds and six assists.
Bailey Miller added eight points.
PITSBURG — The Versailles girls basketball team opened Franklin Monroe D-III sectional play Saturday with a 45-16 win over National Trail.
Versailles will play Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.