By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
Piqua girls basketball first-year coach Jon Dolph wanted to make a good first impression in his debut Tuesday night against Graham at Garbry Gymnasium.
It would have been hard to make a better one.
The Lady Indians — starting three freshman, a junior and a senior— were too quick and athletic for Graham from the start and raced to a 61-30 victory.
It was the most points Piqua had scored since scoring 67 on Bethel on Nov. 23, 2014 — another season opener.
“We are young, we have four freshman on the roster,” Dolph said. “We used our speed in transition — and when we had opportunities to make plays we did. This was big. We wanted to get the season off to a good start.”
The Lady Indians raced out to a 17-3 first quarter lead and were in control from there.
Karley Johns hit two threes in the quarter after Aubree Schrubb had started the game’s scoring and Tylah Yeomans and Kenzi Anderson combined for the next eight points.
After Schrubb’s basket, Yeomans drove for two points and Anderson hit a free throw to make it 5-0.
Katelyn Nash got Graham on the board with free throw. Baskets by Yeomans and Anderson then made it 9-1 before Johns caught fire from the outside. Graham could only counter with a basket by Abby Henkle and the quarter ended with Piqua up 17-3.
Piqua increased the margin to 25-8 after two quarters and 39-18 after three quarters.
And the Indians used a balanced attack while playing without senior guard Kelsey Bachman, who had the flu.
Yeomans finished with 17 points, while Anderson and Johns both netted 11.
Hailey McPherson scored 10 and Schrubb added eight points.
Nash led Graham with 12 points and Henkle added seven.
The most impressive thing may have been how many scoring opportunities Piqua left out there on missed layups and shots in the paint.
“We will get that fixed,” Dolph said. “It is still early. We know we can not miss those kind of shots against Vandalia-Butler.”
The Indians didn’t have much chance to rest for that game either.
They opened GWOC American play against Vandalia on the road Wednesday.
“We are going from one extreme to another,” Dolph said. “Vandalia, they are going to be really good and we are not going to have any rest. It will be interesting to see how we handle it.”
After making the best impression possible in the season opener.
Katelyn Nash 2-8-12, Ariel Cupps 0-1-1, Abby Henkle 2-2-7, Bailey Buell 0-0-0, Lexi King 2-0-5, Lexi Neeld 0-0-0, Olivia Lawrence 0-0-0,Elise Kemp 0-2-2, Machaela Whaley 0-1-1, Leila Smith 1-0-2. Totals: 7-14-30.
Tylah Yeomans 7-3-17, Izzy Kidwell 0-0-0, Aubree Schrubb 4-0-8, Kenzi Anderson 5-1-11, Chloe Stewart 0-0-0, Karley Johns 4-1-11, Hailey McPherson 3-3-10, Skylar Sloan 0-0-0, Reagan Toopes 0-0-0, Andrea Marrs 2-0-4, Kathy Young 0-0-0. Totals: 25-8-61.
3-point field goals — Graham: Henkle, King. Piqua: Johns (2), McPherson.
Score By Quarters
Graham 3 8 18 30
Piqua 17 25 39 61
Records: Graham 0-2, Piqua 1-0.
Reserve score: Piqua 23, Graham 21.