By Rob Kiser
You can’s blame Piqua girls basketball coach Brian Gillespie for sounding a little bit like New England football coach Bill Belichick after a Patriots loss on Wednesday night.
He had just watched the Lady Indians fall to 2-11 after a 68-30 loss to to 5-9 Northmont Wednesday in GWOC crossover action.
“This was a page turner,” Gillespie said. “Not going to spend a lot of time dwelling on this one. It is on to Fairborn. We have a tough game with them Saturday. Not going to waste a lot of time going over this game.”
Actually, Piqua was within 6-5 in the early going after baskets by Kelsey Bachman and Tylah Yeomans, with a Lauren Williams free throw in-between.
But, Northmont would reel off the next 16 points, a streak that stretched into the second quarter, before Kelsey Magoteaux snapped it with four straight points.
“We just didn’t play with the effort I am used to seeing in the first half,” Gillespie said. “It was better in the second half.”
By, that time, Northmont had the game well in hand.
Shalaya Heath scored 10 points in the opening half for the T-Bolts, Erin Mangen added nine and when Anna Mangen opend the third quarter with a three, Northmont led 37-12 and cruised from there.
“We just had too many turnovers,” Gillespie said. “And Northmont had five girls on the court, who all can score. All five can finish. That is what you need.”
Erin Mangen led the T-Bolts attack with 19 points, while Heath had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Salena Roberts had 10 points and seven rebounds and Anna Mangen scored 10 points.
Makayla Cooper scored nine points and Gabby Kline grabbed 12 rebounds.
Yeomans led a balanced Piqua attack with seven points.
Williams had six points and eight rebounds, while Lily Stewart also scored six points, with two third-quarter threes.
Piqua was 11 of 42 from the floor for 26 percent and six of 13 from the line for 46 percent.
Northmont was 29 of 66 from the floor for 44 percent and six of seven from the line for 87 percent.
Northmont won the battle of the boards 45-19 and had 15 turnovers to Piqua’s 25.
Now, for the Lady Indians, it is on to Fairborn Saturday in a GWOC American road game.
Makayla Cooper 4-0-9, Anna Mangen 3-2-10, Salena Roberts 5-0-10, Erin Mangen 9-0-19, Shalaya Heath 4-2-10, Jenna Hoschouer 1-0-2, Antonette Dorsey 2-0-4, Gabby Kline 0-0-0, Hannah Dranschak 0-0-0, Maddie Auxier 0-0-0, Kaitlyn McCrary 1-0-2, Kamryn Nadir 0-2-2. Totals: 29-6-68.
Lauren Williams 2-2-6, Kelsey Magoteaux 1-2-4, Claire Went 0-1-1, Kelsey Bachman 2-0-4, Lily Stewart 2-0-6, Tylah Yeomans 3-1-7, Lauryn Gray 0-0-0, Emily Powell 0-0-0, Hailey McPherson 0-0-0, Taylor Grunkemeyer 0-0-0, Skylar Sloan 1-0-2. Totals: 11-6-30.
3-point field goals — Northmont: Cooper, Anna Mangen (2), Erin Mangen. Piqua: Stewart (2).
Score By Quarters
Northmont 20 34 54 68
Piqua 5 12 22 30
Records: Northmont 5-9, Piqua 2-11.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.