PREBLE COUNTY — National Trail senior Makena Laird joined an exclusive club last week as she topped the 1,000 career-point mark in a 57-37 win over Stivers on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Laird entered the game needing just 14 points to join Brenna Bailey (1,717) and Allison Hampton (1,067) as the only girls basketball players in Trail history to record such a feat.
With her team leading 42-22, Laird scored her 1,000th point on a driving layup with 7:40 to play in the game.
The game was stopped a few moments later as Trail coach James Byrd presented Laird with the game ball.
Trail jumped to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and lead 29-17 at the half.
The Blazers opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to push the lead to 37-17.
Laird finished with a game-high 16 points. Molly Skinner tossed in 13 and senior Davlyn Werner contributed eight.
On Thursday, the Blazers raced out to a 12-4 lead en route to a 47-19 win over Dixie. Laird finished with a game-high 19 points to lead the way. Werner tossed in 11 and Skinner added 10.
Trail (10-8, 5-4 CCC) was schedule to host Bethel on Monday, Feb. 3 and will play at Covington on Thursday and at Legacy Christian on Saturday.
Eaton splits, finishes 3rd in SWBL Southwestern Division
EATON — Eaton ended its portion of the SWBL schedule with a 65-33 loss to Valley View on Thursday, Jan. 30.
The Spartans shot nearly 50 percent from 3-point range to hand the Eagles just their fourth loss of the season.
Bailey Shepherd led the Eagles with 16 points and three rebounds. Junior Lexi Miller tossed in six points. Freshman Olivia Baumann led the team with seven rebounds
Eaton (15-4, 8-4) wrapped up league play with a third place finish in the division.
“To finish 8-4 and in 3rd place in the league is our best performance in 5 years,” Eaton coach Dave Honhart said. ‘We were picked for fifth by the league coaches, so it feels good to finish two spots higher and in the upper half of the league. Last year’s team laid the groundwork as we were so competitive in so many games. This year’s team took the next step, and learned to build leads and finish games. That is a credit to the work that our players put in during the off-season, their commitment to playing hard, playing as a team ,and their willingness to build around each other’s strengths and embrace their roles. We went to Valley View in game 11 with a chance to win the league, and while it didn’t happen, it is significant progress to be in the race with only two games to go. I am incredibly proud of our players.”
Earlier in the week, the Eagles knocked off visiting Talawanda 52-44.
Shepherd led Eaton with 22 points, five rebounds and seven steals. Baumann added eight points and seven rebounds. Mara Posey chipped in seven and Allison Mowen led the team with four assists.
The Eagles were scheduled to host Carlisle on Monday, Feb. 3 and will travel to Preble Shawnee on Thursday. Eaton will wrap up the regular season hosting Bradford on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. tip.
South knocks off Stivers
WEST ALEXANDRIA – Twin Valley South jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on its way to a 43-29 win over Stivers on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Junior Mackenzie Neal led the Panthers with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Maycie Davidson added 10 points. Senior Taylor Bowers added six points, five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Makiah Newport contributed six points, four rebounds and four assists.
South led 12-4 after one and was up 15-7 at the break.
Neal opened the third quarter scoring eight straight points for the Panthers to help push the lead to 23-11. South held a 30-14 lead after three.
On Thursday, South hosted state-ranked Tri-Village and fell 88-25.
The Panthers (6-14, 2-9 CCC) was scheduled to play at Brookville on Monday, Feb. 3 and will visit Ansonia on Thursday to close out the regular season.
North drops pair
LEWISBURG – Tri-County North dropped a pair of games last week, falling 58-34 to Ansonia on Thursday and 52-17 at Yellow Springs on Saturday.
North (1-20, 0-11 CCC) will conclude the regular season with a trip to Bethel on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Arrows down Northridge
DAYTON – In its only game of the week, Preble Shawnee’s girls beat Northridge 44-37. on Saturday. Shawnee led 17-11 after one and was up 26-17 at the half. The Arrows extended their lead to 37-26 after three.
Shawnee (9-11, 6-6 SWBL) was schedule to host Fenwick on Monday, Feb. 3 and will wrap up the regular season hosting Eaton on Thursday.
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