By Rob Kiser
The Piqua girls basketball team was looking for its second win Saturday morning against Bellefontaine.
Lady Chieftains sophomore guard Aubrey Stolly had other ideas.
Stolly scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and 19 in the second half, including four 3-pointers, as Bellefontaine turned a 30-28 lead early in the fourth quarter into a 49-36 victory.
“She (Aubrey Stolly) is a coaches daughter, that’s for sure,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said about Bellefontaine coach Henry Stolly’s daughter. “That was a great second half she had. They are hard to press because of her. She does a great job running the point. She sees the floor. She is a sophomore and only going to get better.”
At the same time, Gillespie wasn’t happy with the defensive effort on her.
Bellefontaine was leading 30-28 after a basket by Kesley Magoteaux had cut the deficit to two.
But, Stolly hit three shots from behind the arc to open the lead to 39-30 and Piqua could never get any closer.
“We have to do a better job adjusting on defense,” Gillespie said. “We talked about not letting one girl beat us, but we did. When she comes off a double screen, we have to be there.”
With seven different Piqua players scoring in the opening half, Piqua held a 16-15 lead at the break and trailed just 28-26 going to the fourth quarter.
“I think we are doing a nice job building depth on the bench,” Gillespie said. “We have to work on hustle and screens. It is not that we are hustling. We are. But, the ball is just not falling our way right now for some reason.”
Stolly finished with 23 points for Bellefontaine.
Anne West added seven points and seven rebounds. Hannah Rader grabbed nine rebounds and Chalony Tolliver pulled down eight.
Magoteaux led Piqua with 10 points.
Lauren Williams scored seven points and five rebounds and Kelsey Bachman added five points and five rebounds.
Piqua was 15 of 44 from the floor for 34 percent and four of five from the line for 80 percent.
Bellefontaine was 16 of 55 from the floor for 29 percent and 12 of 15 from the line for 80 percent.
Bellefontaine won the battle of the boards 38-25 and had 13 turnovers to Piqua’s 20.
“It is taking us a little longer to come together this year,” Gillespie said. “I am not sure why. We are still looking to find the right combination.”
The Lady Indians will get another chance to do that Monday, when they open GWOC North play at Greenville.
Aubrey Stolly 8-3-23, Kassidi Sullivan 0-5-5, Emily Mitchell 2-0-5, Anne West 3-1-7, Hannah Rader 1-1-3, Hannah Hall 0-0-0, Chalony Tolliver 2-2-6. Totals: 16-12-49.
Lauren Williams 2-3-7, Kelsey Magoteaux 5-0-10, Claire Went 0-0-0, Lauryn Gray 1-0-2, Lily Stewart 2-0-5, Tylah Yeomans 2-0-4, Kelsey Bachman 2-0-5, Hailey McPherson 0-0-0, Emily Powell 1-1-3, Ainsleigh Spradlin 0-0-0, Skylar Sloan 0-0-0. Totals: 15-4-36.
3-point field goals — Bellefontaine: Stolly (4), Mitchell. Piqua: Stewart, Bachman.
Score By Quarters
Bellefontaine 9 15 28 49
Piqua 11 16 26 36
Records: Bellefontaine 1-2, Piqua 1-2-.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.