By Rob Kiser
The Piqua girls basketball team stayed within striking distance the entire game.
But, the performance of Urbana senior Hunter Rogan was too much to overcome.
Rogan nearly outscored Piqua by herself, putting in 43 points in the Hillclimbers 56-45 win over the Indians Monday in non-conference action.
Rogan made 18 of 27 shots from the floor, including four of seven shooting from behind the 3-point line.
She converted three of five free throws and nearly completed a triple-double with 13 rebounds, eight steals and three assists.
“That was quite a game,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “Give her credit. I thought we did a pretty good job on her defensively for the most part. The thing we did is we lost her in transition. That is one of the things we have talked about — you have to stay with them in transition.”
With six different players scoring, Piqua trailed just 11-10 after one quarter.
But, Urbana started the second quarter with a 16-2 run to open a 27-12 lead.
Rogan had 14 of those 16 points, with many coming off of steals and layups.
“We always have that stretch like we had at the end of the first quarter and start of the second quarter,” Gillespie said. “We never should have been behind by that much. We play good 70 percent of the time. We just have to find a way to play good the whole game.”
Urbana led 29-20 at halftime, with Rogan accounting for 23 of the 29 points.
She scored nine more points in the third quarter, which finished with Urbana leading 45-33.
Rogan added 11 more in the fourth quarter, as Piqua could never get closer than the final margin of 10.
Magoteaux kept Piqua in the game, scoring 11 in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 18 points.
Lauryn Gray had a strong game as well for the Indians with a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Bridget Ofori grabbed 11 rebounds for Urbana, who had a 34-24 advantage on the boards.
Piqua was 18 of 60 from the floor for 30 percent, missed both 3 -point attempts and was 10 of 18 from the line for 56 percent.
Urbana was 24 of 51 from the floor for 47 percent, including five of 16 from behind the arc for 31 percent. The Hillclimbers converted three of eight from the line for 38 percent.
Piqua had 17 turnovers to Urbana’s 22.
“There is not time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Gillespie said. “We have to come right back and get ready for Sidney.”
The Lady Indians host Sidney Wednesday in GWOC American action.
The game with Tippecanoe has now been rescheduled for Jan. 9.
Alaina Lyons 1-0-2, Hunter Rogan 18-3-43, Bridget Ofori 2-0-4, Deserae Johnson 1-0-2, Madisyn Horn 0-0-0, Cassidy James 2-0-5, Kaylee Moffitt 0-0-0. Totals: 24-3-56.
Lauren Williams 2-1-5, Kelsey Magoteaux 6-6-18, Claire Went 0-1-1, Lauryn Gray 6-1-13, Lily Stewart 1-0-2, Tylah Yeomans 2-1-5, Kelsey Bachman 1-0-2, Emily Powell 0-0-0, Hailey McPherson 0-0-0. Totals: 18-10-46.
3-point field goals — Urbana: Rogan (4), James.
Score By Quarters
Urbana 11 29 45 56
Piqua 10 20 33 46
Records: Piqua 1-6, Urbana 1-5.
Reserve score: Piqua 46, Urbana 27.