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January 7, 2021 — Bulldog Sports Round-Up

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Girls go 1–1 on the week

Since play resumed after the holiday break, the Yellow Springs High School girls varsity basketball team won one and lost one.

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the team defeated Northeastern at home, 50–24. The Bulldogs struggled to score early but turned it on starting in the second quarter. They outscored Northeastern 16–5 in the second, 13–7 in the third and 13–5 in the fourth.

Angie Smith led the team with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Aaliyah Longshaw also played well, contributing 12 pPoints and five rebounds. Haneefah Jones had seven points and four rebounds and Annlyn Foster brought down 12 rebounds on the night.

On Monday, Jan. 4, the team hosted Troy Christian and came up short, 52–26. Smith had 10 points and three assists in the loss; Longshaw contributed seven points and four steals; Corinne Totty found five points; and Foster came away with nine rebounds.

The Bulldogs are now 6–2 on the season and 1–1 in the conference.

—Coach Nick Minnich

Boys drop two games

The YSHS boys varsity basketball team dropped two games on the road over the last week.

On Dec. 30, they lost to Lehman Catholic, 41–31. The Bulldogs had a five point lead going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 18–3 down the stretch. DeAndre Cowen and Nate Thomas each contributed eight points in the loss.

Then on Jan. 4, the Bulldogs fell to Dayton Christian, 41–35. In contrast to the previous game, YSHS played well in the second half, but couldn’t erase the deficit from the first.

Bulldogs among MBC leaders

Several YSHS players are among the standout players in the conference.

For the girls, Smith, a junior, is leading in points per game, with 29, and steals per game, averaging 5.4. She is second in assists, with 4.9 per game, and third in blocks, with 1.4 per game. Foster, a senior, leads in rebounds per game, 10.7, and is fourth in blocks per game, with 1.1.

Jones, a senior, is third in rebounds, with seven per game. Junior Longshaw is tied in points per game with teammate Totty, a sophomore, at seven per game. Longshaw is also fourth in rebounds per game, with seven.

On the boys side, junior DeAndre Cowen is the conference’s second leading scorer, averaging 18.3 per game, and leads the MBC in blocks (3.4 per game). He’s also second in rebounds per game, with 7.9.

Sophomore Eli Eyrich is tied for third in assists (4 per game); junior Malik Thomas is fourth in rebounds (7.1 per game) and junior Javas McNair is fourth in blocks (1.1 per game).

McKinney suffers tough loss

On Monday, Jan. 4, the McKinney Middle School boys/girls basketball team fell in an away game to Troy Christian 35–33.

The team started off slow but found some spark when eighth grader Alex VanAusdal drove the lane and found his way to the basket for a pair of layups to get the team rolling in the first quarter. After being down the first quarter the Bulldogs went into the halftime tied with the Eagles.

The second half was back and forth for the two teams. The Bulldogs found themselves trailing by two with seconds left but could not convert opportunities to bring home the win. Landon Harris led the evening with 14 points and VanAusdal ended with twelve points. Lacey Longshaw contributed four points, while Lucas Price added two and Kaveeyon Wagner completed a foul shot for one point. The McKinney team will try to rebound Saturday leading off a triple header with the girls and men’s varsity teams hosting East Dayton Christian.

—Angela Harris

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