Mason boys suffer season’s first loss

The Mason boys basketball team will have to play a little bit of catch-up in the Greater Miami Conference.

The Comets lost an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 61-52 loss to Oak Hills.

Mason led 21-18 at the half and 37-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

Oak Hills went on a 17-9 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime before out-scoring Mason 15-6 in the extra frame to hand the Comets their first loss of the season.

Tanner Knue had 15 points for Mason.

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Oak Hills forced 16 Mason turnovers while turning the ball over nine times and creating some separation from the foul line.

Mason was whistled for 30 fouls with Oak Hills connecting on 24 of 36 free throws. Oak Hills was called for 16 fouls with Mason converting 15 of 24 free throws.

Mason’s girls returned home after competing in the Naples Holiday Classic in Florida to defeat Hamilton 74-29.

Sammie Puisis led Mason with 38 points as the Comets improved to 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the GMC.

Lebanon: The Lebanon girls overcame a 16-point deficit on the road to claim a 51-48 win at Ursuline to improve to 10-1.

Lebanon went on a 19-point run over the final six minutes to cap a crazy week. The Warriors had closed with a 10-0 run to defeat Springfield 58-47 to begin the week.

“We feel these are key learning moments for all members of our growing team as we have just two players on our roster (Alexis Straw and Ashley West) who have played a full, entire 22-game season,” Lebanon coach Robert Hodges said. “Preparations are being made for what will be one of the most competitive January schedules for any team. Fairmont, Centerville, Springboro, Wayne are four games in a row over the next two weeks that will test our team in all areas.

“For now, we are happy to be 10-1 but optimistic about challenges ahead.”

The Lebanon boys split a pair to sit at 9-2. They handed Hamilton a 63-55 loss before falling 48-33 at Springfield.

Little Miami: After an unusual slump, the Panthers have won five in a row to improve to 9-3 and re-take the lead in the Southwest Ohio Conference at 5-1.

Little Miami got 19 points from Sydney Kuritar in a 46-12 win over Ross. Kuritar (13 points) combined with Mariah Clemons (10), Ally Grake (10) and Karrah Wind (10) in a 51-42 win over Edgewood.

The Panthers were able to keep their string going despite missing both starting guards. Michkayla Goins is out with a torn ACL while Kaitlyn Simpkins missed while undergoing concussion protocol.

“We have been hit hard with injuries this year,” coach Matt Tolliver said. “But the girls are playing their best basketball of the year.

“Our depth was our strongest asset and that is really showing now. We have kids who are stepping up game after game.”

The boys team dropped a pair of tough SWOC games to Ross and Edgewood. Jake Gevedon had 14 points in each while Brett Whitacre had 14 points against Edgewood.

“Our kids are playing hard,” coach Mike Craig said. “We just need to make a couple more plays in order to get the win.”

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