By Rob Kiser
Piqua girls basketball coach Brian Gillespie understood there would be growing pains with his young team.
And Saturday was another example of it in a 47-22 loss to Trotwood-Madison in the GWOC North opener for both teams.
“We are so young,” Gillespie said. “The girls are learning as we go. Right now we are not playing a JV schedule — we are going to get back to playing JV. We have had so many injuries. There have just been so many moving pieces because of that.”
The Lady Indians got off to a great start Saturday.
Mikayla Schaffner took the opening jump and drove for a layup and Lauren Williams stole the ball on Trotwood’s first possession and converted into a three-point play to put Piqua up 5-0 in the first minute of the game.
But, Nia Martin hit an early three for Trotwood — adding two more in the second quarter as the Rams led 10-6, 25-10 and 39-15 at the quarter breaks.
“We have done that (started well) a lot,” Gillespie said. “But, we have trouble settling in. Things start happening and it like, ‘Oh no’. Right now it is about application. We know what we are doing wrong. We just have to find a way to stop doing it.”
The Lady Indians were bothered by Trotwood’s pressure all game, committing 24 turnovers to the Lady Rams 18.
As a result, Piqua didn’t get a lot of shots out of its possessions.
On the positive side, the Lady Indians got to the line 22 times, led by Kelsey Bachman, who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
“We haven’t been doing a good job of that (getting to the line),” Gillespie said. “That is something we have been working on and that was good to see.”
Bachman led Piqua, 1-7, with six points, while Williams added five.
Taj Thompson paced Trotwood, 4-6, with 16 points and five rebounds, while Martin finished with 13 points.
Piqua was four of 16 from the floor for 25 percent and 13 of 22 from the line for 59 percent.
Trotwood was 17 of 50 from the floor for 34 percent and nine of 15 from the line for 60 percent.
The Rams won the battle of the boards 28-18.
Piqua will be back in action Wednesday at Bellefontaine — looking to continue the growing process.
Nia Martin 5-0-13, Essence Thornton 0-1-1, Taj Thompson 7-1-16, Khadijah Ahmad 0-3-3, Carla Boykins 0-0-0, Aleah Curry 2-2-6, Ayissa Curry 0-2-2, Milani King 3-0-6. Totals: 17-9-47.
Mikayla Schaffner 1-0-2, Lauren Williams 1-3-5, Kelsey Magoteaux 1-0-2, Claire Went 0-0-0, Lily Stewart 1-0-3, Carly Brown 0-1-1, Chloe Clark 0-3-3, Kelsey Bachman 0-6-6, Emily Powell 0-0-0. Totals: 4-13-22.
3-point field goals — Trotwood: Martin (3), Thompson. Piqua: Stewart.
Score By Quarters
Trotwood-Madison 10 25 39 47
Piqua 6 10 15 22
Records: Trotwood-Madison 4-6 (1-0), Piqua 1-7 (0-1).
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