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Kenton Ridge run-rules West Liberty-Salem for tenth-straight win

Cougars capitalize on 15 hits and three Tiger errors in 11-0 win on Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD — When Courtney Lopez smacked a pitch toward center field in the bottom of the second inning on Saturday against West Liberty-Salem, she thought she had hit a routine fly out. However, the way West Liberty-Salem fielded on many plays on Saturday was anything but routine.

Lopez’s hit dropped just a few feet from the fence and over the outstretched hand of West Liberty center fielder Kylie Gilroy for a triple. Brittany Harting scored from first on the play to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

“I thought it was just a popup to the center fielder,” Lopez said after the game. “Everyone was yelling at me to keep running, so I just did. It didn’t feel like a big hit, but I guess that happens.”

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Kenton Ridge opens season with comeback win

Down 2-0 after innings, Kenton Ridge scored the last three runs to beat Springfield in extra innings.

SPRINGFIELD — The Comeback Cougars did it again.

Kenton Ridge started the 2014 season doing what it did many times in its 2013 campaign. Kenton Ridge’s run to the Division II state title game last season featured many come-from-behind wins. They made so many of them both in regular season and the tournament that some referred to the squad with the moniker “Comeback Cougars.”

Leave it to the Comeback Cougars to start the 2014 season with another come-from-behind victory.

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Regional loss last season fueled Tri-Village’s tournament run

Tri-Village used a regional semifinal loss to Troy Christian last season as motivation this year.

KETTERING — Tri-Village’s journey to the Division IV final four started on the court of Trent Arena. No, the Patriots’ journey didn’t start with wins over Troy Christian and Marion Local in regional games at Trent last week. It started with a loss to Troy Christian at Trent Arena in 2013.

Tri-Village entered a regional semifinal game against Troy Christian last season with a 26-0 record. The Patriots were the top ranked team in Division IV and seemed destined for Columbus. The Eagles beat Tri-Village 49-43 in overtime, however, to end the potential perfect season.

“That loss stuck with us all offseason,” Tri-Village junior forward Damion Cook said after the Patriots’ 62-44 win over Marion Local last Friday. “We thought about it a lot. We didn’t want it to happen again. To be able to come back here to the regionals and win two games is pretty special.”

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Div. I district final: Moeller has no problem with Fairborn

Moeller shot 56 percent from the field in a 55-43 win over Fairborn.

CINCINNATI — Moeller leading scorer Grant Bensinger was held scoreless by Fairborn in a Division I district final game on Saturday night. Was that good news for Fairborn?

Not entirely. Moeller scored fine without Bensinger. The Crusaders shot 56 percent from the field in a 55-43 win over the Skyhawks at the Cintas Center. Moeller led all game for all but a brief period early in the first quarter and never led by less than ten points in the second half.  

Kendric Mallory (left) looks to shot over Blake Simpson (right)

Mallory free throws lift Trotwood over La Salle

Wayne shots 56 percent from the field in a 49-45 win over Fairfield in Saturday’s second game.

CINCINNATI — Trotwood-Madison senior guard Kendrick Mallory says what separates good teams from great teams is the ability to make foul shots under pressure. Thanks to Mallory’s late free throw shooting on Saturday afternoon, Trotwood can call itself a great team.

Mallory hit two free throws with 17 seconds left and followed it with a steal-and-score play to lift Trotwood to a 51-50 win over La Salle at the Cintas Center. The win earned Trotwood its first district championship since 2008. The Rams (23-2) advance to play in a regional semifinal game next Tuesday.

Alter wears down Kenton Ridge in 65-48 win

Kenton Ridge head coach Ed Foulk pleased with surprise season, effort.

SPRINGFIELD — When it came to the Division II Regional Finals on Friday night at Springfield High School with Alter and Kenton Ridge, “size did matter”.  2nd ranked Alter had a lot of it and Kenton Ridge had none of it, and that was the difference in Alter’s 65-48 victory. The victory sends the Lady Knights to the state semifinals versus Toledo Rogers next Thursday at 1:00 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.

The longer Knights more than doubled the tiny, but scrappy Cougars on the boards and time after time, Alter would get easy put-backs just by being taller. Veteran Kenton Ridge head coach Ed Foulk realized early on that their size disadvantage was costly, “That (their size) was the game,” said Foulk, “We struggled against their size, and they are talented. But they could be short and they’d still be good.”

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Tecumseh eyes rare sectional title

The Arrows play Fairborn tonight in their first sectional final game since 2003.

CENTERVILLE — The rarity of Tecumseh’s tournament success this season is not lost on guard Malik Quisenberry. The Arrows’ sophomore guard knew a few minutes after a 68-55 upset win over No. 4 seed Springfield on Wednesday night that his team is in the record books.

“I think we’re in the four percentile of Tecumseh teams that have won two games in the tournament,” Quisenberry said. “It’s really amazing.”

Tecumseh (20-4) will go for a rare third tournament win (something it hasn’t accomplished since 1968) and try to capture its first-ever sectional title tonight at 8 p.m. against Fairborn at U.D. Arena.

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Springfield goes cold against Tecumseh

Springfield shoots 2 of 18 from three-point range in rematch loss to Tecumseh.

CENTERVILLE — The reason behind Springfield’s 68-55 loss to Tecumseh in a Division I sectional game on Wednesday is simple. Tecumseh shot well, and Springfield didn’t.

The Arrows shot 49 percent from the field in the game, including 10 of 18 (55 percent) from three-point range. The Arrows were also 20 of 24 in foul shot attempts. Springfield shot 42 percent from the field, including two of 18 (11 percent) from three-point range.

“They shot the ball extremely well,” Springfield head coach Isiah Carson said after the game of Tecumseh. “They even made all their free throws. The numbers tell you that they shoot 60 percent from the free-throw line this season, but they were great tonight. My hat’s off to them. Our kids played hard, but it just wasn’t our night tonight.”

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Dayton Div. I: Hot-shooting Tecumseh upsets Springfield

Tecumseh hits ten three-pointers and beats Springfield to advance to sectional finals for first time in 11 years.

CENTERVILLE — Tecumseh sophomore guard Malik Quisenberry knew what he was getting into in a Division I sectional semifinal game against Springfield on Wednesday night at Centerville High School. Quisenberry had played against Springfield twice in the last two seasons. And more than that, he’s grown up playing with and against Springfield players.

“I’ve played with (Springfield center) Darius Harper and (guard) Dae’Shawn Jackson in AAU,” Quisenberry said after the game. “I played against (guard) Henry Alexander. I’ve played against basically their whole team. I know pretty much everybody on Springfield’s team.

“I’m familiar with what they try to do on defense. They run and jump and pressure and do a lot of trapping.”

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Bellefontaine hangs on against Urbana

Bellefontaine leads entire rematch to advance to sectional final.

SPRINGFIELD — Offense was in short supply for Urbana on Tuesday night in a Division II sectional semifinal at Springfield High School. Bellefontaine’s defense stifled Urbana’s shooting and controlled the boards throughout the game.

The No. 4 seed Chieftains’ defense propelled them to a 45-40 win over top seed Urbana. Bellefontaine advances to play Tippecanoe in a sectional final on Saturday night.

“Our guys did a great job defensively tonight,” Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly said after the game. “We changed defenses to not let them get in any kind of offensive flow. We weren’t real sure what was going to work the best so we switched defenses around to see what was working and to keep (Urbana) off guard.”