By Rob Kiser
TROY — The Piqua girls basketball team got the first basket of the game against Troy in GWOC North action Monday night at the TAC.
But, Piqua coach Brian Gillespie thought the Indians should have scored more early on — and that the missed opportunity was costly in a 51-15 loss to the Lady Trojans.
Lily Stewart chased down a Troy overthrow on an inbounds pass and made a layup at the 6:15 mark to make it 2-0.
“Yes, we had the first basket — but it should have been three or four,” Gillespie said. “We missed three or four shots from point blank range. If we get up 8-0 and are playing with the lead, it totally changes the game.”
Instead, Troy scored the final 16 points of the opening quarter to take a 16-2 lead and Piqua never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Bailey Hess had a 3-point play and three to start things, scoring Troy’s first nine points and Alexis Otstot finished the quarter with a big three as Piqua struggled all game to take care of the ball.
“It is a matter of being in the right spots and not making mistakes,” Gillespie said. “That is where we are at right now.”
Despite making just one field goal n the second quarter and two in the first half, Piqua battled to stay in the game.
When Carly Brown scored with just under a minute to go in the first half, Piqua was within 20-8.
But, Hess and Jordan Short hit threes in the final 30 seconds of the half to make it 26-8 and Piqua never really recovered.
“Most of the second quarter, we were there with an opportunity to get in the game,” Gillespie said. “It just felt like something was missing tonight.”
Troy stretched the lead to 41-11 after three quarters and outscored Piqua 10-4 in the final quarter.
Kelsey Magoteaux led Piqua with five points, while Brown grabbed nine rebounds and Lauren Williams pulled down seven.
Hess scored 24 points for Troy, while Kayla Niswonger had nine points and six rebounds. Alaura Holycross pulled down eight rebounds for the Lady Trojans.
Piqua, 1-9 overall and 0-2 in the GWOC North, was five of 22 from the floor for 23 percent and five of 18 from the line for 28 percent.
Troy, 4-6 overall and 1-0 in the GWOC North, was 18 of 47 from the floor for 38 percent and 10 of 26 from the line for 38 percent.
The Lady Trojans won the battle of the boards 31-27 and had 18 turnovers to Piqua’s 36.
“We just have to get back at it in practice Tuesday,” Gillespie said.
The Lady Indians travel to Graham Wednesday.
Kelsey Magoteaux 1-3-5, Lily Stewart 1-0-2, Lauren Williams 1-1-3, Mikayla Schaffner 1-0-2, Claire Went 0-0-0, Kelsey Bachman 0-0-0, Carly Brown 1-1-3, Emily Powell 0-0-0, Haley McPherson 0-0-0. Totals: 5-5-15.
Jordan Short 1-0-3, Bailey Dornbusch 0-0-0, Alaura Holycross 1-1-3, Maddy Taylor 1-0-2, Bailey Hess 8-5-24, Kaylan Niswonger 3-3-9, Kihya Adkins 2-0-4, Jenna Kaup 1-1-3, Alexis Otstot 1-0-3, Taylor Stookey 0-0-0. Totals: 18-10-51.
3-point field goals — Troy: Short, Hess (3), Otstot.
Score By Quarters
Piqua 2 8 11 15
Troy 16 26 41 51
Records: Piqua 1-9 (0-2), Troy 4-6 (1-0).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.