Call Sports Editor
Vandalia-Butler made just enough shots when they need to down the stretch to hold off Piqua for a 42-39 victory in GWOC North action Saturday at Garbry Gymnasium.
“They just made more big plays when they needed them,” Piqua coach Rory Hoke said. “They made the shots and were able to take advantage of opportunities at the end and we didn’t.”
Two free throws by Piqua’s Katie Allen had pulled the Indians within 33-32 with 4:38 remaining.
Autumn Ratliff immediately answered with a three for the Aviators and Brittney Petrosky added a free throw to give Vandalia a 37-32 lead with 2:03 remaining.
While Shelby Moses and Petrosky hit one of two free throws each, Tasha Potts scored five points for Piqua down the stretch, bringing the Lady Indians to within 39-37 with 30.1 seconds to go.
After a Piqua timeout, Vandalia inexplicably dribbled the ball out of bounds, giving Piqua the ball back with a chance to tie with 28.2 seconds remaining.
Following a Vandalia timeout, Piqua couldn’t convert and fouled Riley Clark on the rebound with 22.9 seconds remaining.
She converted one of two free throws to make it 40-37.
Piqua then missed two free throws and a shot in the paint after an offensive rebound, before Petrosky put the game away with a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds left to make it 42-37.
Allen hit a shot at the buzzer to finish off a career-high 20-point game and provide the final margin.
“Katie (Allen) came out and had a great game today,” Hoke said. “Tasha (Potts) caught fire at the end. The kids battled the whole game.”
Vandalia had opened a 15-5 lead midway through the second quarter of the game.
But, Allen responded with seven second quarter points and when Kayla Schrubb scored just before the halftime buzzer, it was tied at 18 at the break.
Vandalia, who was in the double-bonus before the third quarter ended and shot 37 free throws in the game, converted seven of 12 from the line in the third quarter to open a 29-26 lead going to the final eight minutes and it was close the rest of the way.
“I thought we adjusted and played much better in the second half,” Hoke said. “I thought we were coming on and playing right with them. They just made a couple more shots at the end.”
Allen added 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Schrubb grabbed six boards for the Lady Indians.
Petrosky had 14 points and five rebounds for Vandalia.
Ratliff added 12 points, while Abby Grooms and Riley Clark grabbed six rebounds each.
Piqua was 11 of 46 from the floor for 24 percent and 14 of 21 from the line for 67 percent.
Vandalia was nine of 29 from the floor for 31 percent and 22 of 37 from the line for 59 percent.
The Lady Aviators won the battle of the boards 32-26, but had 21 turnovers to Piqua’s 15.
Vandalia won the JV game 28-16.
Maddy Curtner led Piqua with five points.
Shelby Moses 0-1-1, Brittney Petrosky 2-10-14, Allyson Frogge 3-0-6, Abby Grooms 0-0-0, Autumn Ratliff 3-4-12, Holly Simones 0-0-0, Riley Clark 1-5-7, Libby Clayton 0-0-0, Olivia Schoenherr 0-2-2, Morgan Hixenbaugh 0-0-0. Totals: 9-22-42.
Hannah Went 1-0-2, Katie Allen 5-7-20, Morgen Grunkemeyer 0-0-0, Danajha Clemons 0-0-0, Tasha Potts 3-5-11, Frannie Haney 0-2-2, Kayla Schrubb 1-0-2, Teija Davis 0-0-0, Janise Hummel 1-0-2. Totals: 11-14-39.
3-point field goals — Vandalia: Ratliff (2). Piqua: Allen (3).
Score By Quarters
Vandalia 12 18 29 42
Piqua5 18 26 39
Records: Vandalia 4-4 (1-0), Piqua 3-3 (0-1).
Reserve score: Vandalia 28, Piqua 16.