- By Marc Pendleton Staff Writer
Springfield closed its boys high school basketball regular season with a 70-57 defeat of visiting Middletown on Saturday night. It was the fifth consecutive season the Wildcats (18-4) have won at least 18 games.
Springfield led Middletown just 49-44 after the end of three quarters and pulled away in the final period. The Middies (6-16) are guided by former Wildcats coach Darnell Hoskins. EJ Williams scored a career-high 28 points for Middletown.
Springfield fell 79-72 at Trotwood-Madison on Friday. A No. 2 seed in the upcoming Division I sectional at Centerville, Springfield landed a first-round bye and will play the Piqua/Springboro winner in its postseason opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.
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Kenton Ridge girls 81, Ponitz 59: Junior Mikala Morris scored a career-high 40 points and the Cougars snapped a three-game losing skid in a D-II sectional opener at Tecumseh on Saturday. Desiree Jones added a season-high 18 points for Kenton Ridge and Mallory Armentrout 13.
Kenton Ridge (13-10) will play CBC rival Shawnee (17-6) in a sectional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tecumseh. Shawnee advanced with a 39-25 defeat of Eaton in its tourney opener also on Saturday. Shawnee swept Kenton Ridge in the two-game, regular-season CBC Kenton Trail Division play.
Saturday’s other D-II girls sectional results by area teams:
Trotwood-Madison 76, Graham 28
Carroll 59, Bellefontaine 26
Tippecanoe 70, Belmont 5
Saturday’s D-IV girls sectional results by area teams:
Franklin Monroe 45, Catholic Central 25
Botkins 49, Mechanicsburg 36
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