Talawanda: basketball teams playing ‘on the road’

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

OXFORD — Talawanda basketball fans have not had much of a chance to see their teams at home in recent weeks. Since the end of December, Talawanda’s boys’ and girls’ teams have played 11 of their 14 games on the road.

Both teams are scheduled to play at Talawanda High School on Saturday, Jan. 28 — the girls’ varsity game is set for 1 p.m. and the boys’ at 7:30 p.m.

Talawanda: girls win three in a row

With wins in three away games, Talawanda’s girls’ basketball team remains near the top of the Southwestern Ohio Conference standings with a 6-2 mark. The win streak pushed the Lady Braves overall record to 10-5.

Edgewood tops the conference standings and remained unbeaten at 8-0 after last week’s action. They are 14-1 overall.

Talawanda finished off a run of five straight away games, with wins over Ross, Little Miami and Harrison. They were scheduled host Goshen on Monday, Jan. 23, and then host Mount Healthy on Saturday.

In the win over Harrison on Saturday, Jan. 21, Talawanda jumped out early and cruised to a 67-44 win. The Lady Braves had four players reach double-figures, led by Emma Wright with 20 points. Wright remains one of the SWOC’s top scores averaging 16 points per game.

Addie Brown scored 17 points against Harrison. Gabby Lindley added 12 and Kaitlynn Woodruff had 10. Woodruff also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Talawanda traveled to Little Miami on the previous Wednesday. And, after a slow start, the Lady Braves got back into the game, leading at halftime, 25-23.

Little Miami made up one point by the end of the third quarter, but Talawanda maintained a 38-37 advantage. The Lady Braves went on to post a 56-52 win.

Brown led Talawanda with 30 points, her best offensive game of the season. She is averaging 14 points per game.

Wright added 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Woodruff pulled down 11 rebounds.

Braves’ boys’ squad takes Hamilton to OT

Talawanda’s boys’ squad took Hamilton to overtime before dropping a 62-57 decision to the Big Blue. Evan James sent the game into OT converting a three-pointer and free throw for a four-point play to end regulation.

“We played how we are capable of playing and took Hamilton to overtime on a last second, 4-point play by Evan James,” coach Eddie Glaser commented. “James had a career night along with Ty Hornsby who set career highs in both points and rebounds.”

The Braves jumped out to an early lead, 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. Hamilton made up a point in the second period, but trailed Talawanda 26-19 at the half.

Hamilton outscored Talawanda 11-5 in the third quarter, cutting the Braves lead to one point, 31-30. Hamilton made up that point in the fourth quarter and eventually took the lead. James 4-point play tied the game at 42-42, forcing overtime.

“It was a game where we put ourselves in a position to win but had trouble hitting open shots in overtime,” Glaser added.

The overtime loss to Hamilton was Talawanda’s second overtime game in a row. They were defeated by Ross, 64-60, in OT on Friday, Jan. 13. The Braves were outscored 11-7 in overtime in that game.

James led Talawanda with 27 points against Hamilton. Hornsby added nine points and 10 rebounds. Justin Boggs had nine points and seven boards.

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald