It is just a matter of time before the Piqua girls get that breakthrough win.
Despite an amazing comeback Saturday night, the Indians came up just short in a 49-39 loss to Sidney in GWOC North action.
After trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter, the Lady Indians got back to within one and had the ball on several possessions midway through the fourth quarter before coming up short.
“I am so proud of the girls and that’s what I told them after the game,” Piqua coach Rory Hoke said. “To get down like they did and battle back like that. That is five closes losses in a row. Sooner or later, the ball is going to bounce our way.”
Piqua was an ice cold four of 29 from the floor in the opening half — including one of 16 in the second quarter — and trailed 26-11 at the break.
When Ashley Egan hit a three early in the third quarter, that deficit grew to 31-11.
That’s when Piqua’s full-court pressure changed the game.
Sidney struggled to get the ball mid-court and Piqua was able to take advantage.
With Morgen Grunkemeyer and Kayla Schrubb combing for nine third-quarter points, the Lady Indians closed to within 35-27.
Piqua capped a 25-6 run early in the fourth quarter.
Macy Yount hit a three, Katie Allen made a jumper and when Allen dished to Kayla Schrubb for a basket inside, the Lady Indians were within 37-36 with 6:10 remaining.
“We knew Sidney had the advantage in a half-court game,” Hoke said. “So, we went to full-court pressure and it worked.”
But, the Indians scored just three points the rest of the game — all from the free throw line after the game had been decided.
“You do expend a lot of energy in a comeback like that,” Hoke said. “But, it was just a tremendous effort from the girls.”
Kaitlyn Davis had three-point play with 4:36 to make it 40-36 and Bri Wells-Barnes added a basket to make it 42-36. That started a 10-1 run to put the game out of reach.
“They got that 3-point play,” Hoke said. “That was just a big basket in that situation.”
Gunkemeyer had 10 points and six rebounds, while Schrubb added 10 points and five rebounds.
Allen and Yount both scored nine points.
“I thought Morgen (Grunkemeyer) and Kayla (Schrubb) just did a great job against a much taller Sidney team,” Hoke said. “They battled all game.”
Sylvia Hudson had 15 points and six rebounds for Sidney, while Davis had 14 points and eight boards.
Piqua was 11 of 49 from the floor for 22 percent and 15 of 30 from the line for 50 percent.
Sidney was 18 of 34 from the floor for 53 prcent and 12 of 21 from the line for 57 percent.
The Jackets won the battle of the boards 27-21, but had 28 turnovers to Piqua’s 13.
The Lady Indians were playing without Tasha Potts and Frannie Haney.
“We are banged up,” Hoke said. “The girls came in here and played their hearts out. I couldn’t be prouder.”
The Piqua JVs lost 39-32.
Carly Brown scored nine points and Maddy Curtner added six.
Hannah Went 0-0-0, Macy Yount 2-3-9, Katie Allen 3-3-9, Morgen Grunkemeyer 2-6-10, Danajha Clemons 0-0-0, Janise Hummel 0-0-0, Teija Davis 0-0-0, Carly Brown 0-0-0, Heidi Strevell 0-1-1, Kayla Schrubb 4-2-10. Totals: 11-15-39.
Kaitlyn Davis 4-6-14, Ashley Egan 1-2-5, Mia Foy 1-1-3, Sylvia Hudson 7-1-15, Celena Taborn 2-2-6, Bri Wells-Barnes 3-0-6, Brittany Iriarte 0-0-0. Totals: 18-12-49.
3-point field goals — Piqua: Yount (2). Sidney: Egan.
Score By Quarters
Piqua7 11 27 39
Sidney 15 26 35 49
Records: Piqua 3-7 (0-2), Sidney 7-4 (2-0).
Reserve score: Sidney 39, Piqua 32.