By Rob Kiser
Piqua girls basketball coach Brian Gillespie was hoping for more.
At the same time, Gillespie did see a few good things in a 48-21 loss to Troy Wednesday night in GWOC North action.
Troy improved to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the GWOC North, while Piqua dropped to 3-14 overall and 1-5 in the GWOC North.ou
“I thought we competed much better with them than we did the first time,” Gillespie said about a 51-15 loss earlier this season. “The score might not reflect that as much as it should.”
At the same time, it was the second straight game where Piqua was plagued by unforced turnovers and limited to six field goals in the game.
“I already don’t have an answer for that,” Gillespie said. “We had really taken some steps forward and seems like we have gone backwards.”
Chloe Clark scored the first basket of the game to put Piqua up 2-0, but it would be the Lady Indians only lead.
Troy scored the next 12 points and opened a 12-4 lead after one quarter.
Piqua was back within 14-8 midway through the second quarter.
But, Jordan Short came off the bench and hit three straight shots from behind the arc and Troy led 29-12 at halftime.
“We have to do a better job of not leaving shooters open,” Gillespie said. “When you leave even an average shooter open, they are going to hit those shots.”
Piqua was never able to make a serious run in the second half, trailing 37-17 after three quarters and scoring just nine points in the second half.
“It is hard to win when you don’t score points,” Gillespie said.
Mikayla Schaffner led Piqua with five points and four rebounds, while Carly Brown and Lily Stewart each scored four points and Kelsey Magoteaux also pulled down four rebounds.
Short led all scorers with nine points, while Alaura Holycross had eight points and nine rebounds.
Sierra Besecker scored eight points and Bailey Hess added seven.
Piqua was six of 26 from the floor for 23 percent and nine of 14 from the line for 64 percent.
Troy was 19 of 55 from the floor for 35 percent and three of four from the line for 75 percent.
Troy won the battle of the boards 23-20 and had 15 turnovers to Piqua’s 26.
The Lady Indians will be back in action Saturday at Trotwood — looking for more improvement in a second chance against the Lady Rams.
Kiyha Adkins 2-0-4, Sierra Besecker 3-1-8, Maddy Taylor 2-0-4, Bailey Hess 3-1-7, Alaura Holycross 3-1-8, Jenna Kaup 1-0-3, Bailey Dornbusch 1-0-3, Taylor Stookey 1-0-2, Alexis Otstot 0-0-0, Kayla Niswonger 0-0-0, Jordan Short 3-0-9. Totals: 19-3-48.
Lauren Williams 1-0-2, Chloe Clark 1-0-2, Kelsey Magoteaux 0-0-0, Carly Brown 2-0-4, Lily Stewart 0-4-4, Kelsey Bachman 0-2-2, Mikayla Schaffner 1-3-5, Claire Went 1-0-2. Totals: 6-9-21.
3-point field goals — Troy: Besecker, Holycross, Kaup, Dornbusch, Short (3).
Records: Troy 7-9 (3-3), Piqua 3-14 (1-5).
Reserve score: Troy 22, Piqua 15.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.