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Springfield pulls away from Beavercreek in the second half

Springfield senior guard Dae’Shawn Jackson scores 19 points and goes over 1,000 career points in the Wildcats’ win.

VANDALIA — The Springfield Wildcats took their first step to a possible tournament run by defeating Beavercreek 64-53 in their first Division I sectional game at the Butler Student Activity Center.

After a fast-paced 18-18 first quarter, in which Beavercreek scorched the nets in the early going, it was the defensive pressure that caused the Beavers havoc in the second period. The Wildcats held a 29-26 halftime lead. Missed free throws let Beavercreek hang around. Read More >>>

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Fairmont avoids upset against Miamisburg

The Firebirds eked out a win from the free throw line. Leading scorer Kei’Vante Tanner is suspended.

VANDALIA — Fairmont avoided an upset without leading scorer Kei’Vante Tanner and beat Miamisburg 73-63 in a Div. I sectional opener on Saturday at Butler’s Student Activities Center. The No. 3 seed Firebirds scored 26 of their 28 points from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Tanner is suspended for undisclosed reasons and did not play for Fairmont. Tanner, the GWOC Central Player of the Year, leads Fairmont with an average of 20.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Head coach Blair Albright is unsure when or if Tanner will return. The Firebirds advance to face No. 10 seed Lebanon in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday. Read More >>>

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Quisenberry tip-in lifts Tecumseh over Piqua in tournament opener

Malik Quisenberry scores on tip-in with 1.1 seconds left to lift Tecumseh to 54-52 win over Piqua in sectional opener.

TROTWOOD — Tecumseh couldn’t hit many outside shots in a sectional quarterfinal against Piqua last night. So the Arrows attacked Piqua in the paint, right down to the final seconds of the tie game. It was a good move. Tecumseh beat Piqua in the paint on its last possession.

Malik Quisenberry tipped-in a missed shot with 1.1 seconds left to lift Tecumseh to a 54-52 Friday night at Trotwood-Madison High School. Quisenberry had missed a shot in the low post seconds earlier. Tecumseh got two rebounds and put-back tries after the first miss, and Quisenberry found net on the second. Read More >>>

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