Troy basketball teams split with Vandalia-Butler

VANDALIA — The Troy boys basketball team got a big win Wednesday heading into Friday’s showdown with Tippecanoe.

The Trojans knocked off previously unbeaten Vandalia-Butler 42-38 at the SAC.

Troy and Butler are now both 4-1, while Tipp is 4-0.

Troy led 12-9, 21-13 and 31-23 at the quarter breaks and held on for the win.

Jaden Owens had 14 points and three assists, while Shaeden Olden had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Landyn Henry added eight points and five rebounds.

Tyler Montague had 11 points and five rebounds for Butler, while Quinton Hall scored 11 points and Connor Buchanan had seven points and six rebounds.

Troy was 15 of 43 from the floor for 35 percent, including five of 16 from long range for 31 percent. The Trojans made seven of 11 free throws for 64 percent.

Butler was 13 of 42 from the floor for 31 percent, including just two of 17 from 3-point range for 12 percent. The Aviators made 10 of 20 free throws for 50 percent.

The Aviators won the battle of the boards 27-25 and had 10 turnovers to Troy’s 13.

Troy will host Tippecanoe Friday after both teams had an opening in the schedule.

Things will kick off with freshman game at 5 p.m., with senior recognition between the freshman and varsity games.

Varsity game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Troy girls

drop game

TROY — The Troy girls basketball team appeared to be in position for a big win over Vandalia-Butler Wednesday night.

The Trojans led 36-31 early in the fourth quarter, but the Aviators scored the game’s final 16 points for a 47-36 victory.

Butler improved to 5-1 with the win, while Troy dropped to 5-2.

Madalynn Hughes had broken a 31-31 tied with a 3-pointer with 7:05 remaining in the game and Macie Taylor followed with two free throws to give Troy a 36-31 lead.

“Macie (Taylor) hit those two free throws,” Troy coach Jeremy Hughes said. “I think we tried to trap them right after that and they hit a three and that’s when things started (going the wrong direction).”

Lexi Crawford hit a 3-pointer to spark Butler and Sami Bardonaro, who had been quiet for most of the game, hit two 3-pointers down the stretch.

At the same time, Butler committed on defense to force Troy to beat them from the 3-point line if they were going to beat them.

“They did, but I thought we were too willing to do that,” Hughes said “I felt like we just got stagnant on offense.”

Taylor had a number of her usual spectacular drives to the basket in the first three quarters, scoring 16 points to help keep the Trojans out in front.

At the same time, Brynn Siler had six points inside in the third quarter as Troy turned a 16-14 halftime deficit into a 31-29 lead.

“Those are the kind of things we have to do to be successful,” Hughes said. “I just thought we got stagnant in the fourth quarter.”

Things will not get any easier for Troy — whose next two games are against a young, but talented Sidney team on Friday, followed by Tippecanoe on Wednesday.

“We are running the gauntlet,” Hughes said. “The Sidney game will be a tough game. As a player, that is a game I always looked forward too as a rivalry game. That is going to be a battle. They are a good team.

“Then, we have Tipp who is unbeaten. Really, they haven’t been challenged (ha a close game), other than the game with Sidney, who stayed within about 10 points of them.”

Taylor led Troy with 18 points and pulled down six rebounds.

Siler had six points and seven rebounds, while Hughes had six points and five rebounds.

Elise McCann grabbed seven rebounds.

Evan Neely was a force for Butler with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three steals.

Bardonaro had 12 points five assists and seven rebounds, Crawford scored eight points and Hailey Stanforth added six points.

Troy was 14 of 46 from the floor for 31 percent, including three of nine from 3-point range for 33 percent. The Trojans converted five of nine free throws for 56 percent. Butler was 15 of 42 from the floor for 36 percent, including four of 15 from long range for 27 percent. The Aviators were 13 of 20 from the line for 65 percent.

Butler won the battle of the boards 37-32 and had 11 turnovers to Troy’s nine.

Friday’s game is at Sidney and will start at 5 p.m.