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‘Win one game at a time’ means success and Troy Buchanan High Lady Trojans are fulfilling that goal, finding early success in conference play.
Their 53-37 win over Howell Central Monday night improved their record to 8-5 including a 2-0 start in the Gateway Athletic Conference (GAC) South Division. Madeline Thoroughman led Troy with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Haley Meyer followed with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Troy used a strong first half as a key to the win. They led 14-8 after one period and stretched it to 29-14 at the half. Howell Central cut it to 10 (37-27) in the third period but Troy sealed the win with a 16-10 edge in scoring in the final quarter.
“It was a good conference win for us,” said Coach Bryce Gregory. “We shot a pretty good percentage from the floor (45 percent). Mckala Lawler was big off the bench with nine points. We applied a lot of pressure on the defensive end and got some easy baskets in transition. We didn’t value the ball like we should have, too many turnovers. However, it was good win over an above average team.”
The boys’ teams from both schools hooked up the following night with Trojans looking to get back into winning form after a conference loss to Howell North. They found the formula to success and led by seniors Ben Chaney and Landon Mills, they posted a 65-49 win. Chaney had 25 points and Mills followed with 17 points. JD Powell followed with nine and Kyle Westerman scored six points.
Leading 18-14 after one period, Troy dominated the second period (19-8), increasing their lead to 37-22 enroute to the win.
“After a week layoff since we last played Howell North it was nice to get back in the gym and play a meaningful game,” said Coach Ryan Meyers. “The key to the game against Howell Central was our ability to share the basketball on offense and find open teammates. We had 16 assist to only eight turnovers and that was the first time this year that we were in the positive with our assist to turnover ratio. That is a very important statistic and something that will need to continue if we want to repeat as conference and district champions. I think as a team we are starting to play better defensively and that is leading to easy basketball in our transition game.