By Rob Kiser
For the first half of the opening quarter, the Piqua girls had hopes of knocking off unbeaten Sidney in GWOC North action Wednesday night.
Then, the Jackets gave them a dose of reality.
A free throw by Kelsey Magoteaux, a steal and layup by Lauren Williams and a jumper by Carly Brown had given Piqua a 5-4 lead.
“We started out pretty well,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “Then we got away from what we wanted to do and started struggling. It was pretty similar to what has been going on all year.”
Then led by the inside-out game of Sylvia Hudson and Kaitlyn Davis Sidney went on a 30-4 run.
They combined for 17 points during the run and Celena Taborn added eight more as Sidney went in front 34-9, before Piqua close the half on baskets by Brown and Macie Schaffner.
“The disappointing part of that is Sidney did a lot of that without Taborn,” Gillespie said. “We need to recognize who is in the game and when the post player isn’t in there, go out and not let them shoot threes.”
Sidney stretched the lead to 45-16 after three quarters.
Hudson led Sidney with 22 points and five rebounds, while Davis added 14 points.
Taborn scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Williams, Magoteaux and Brown led Piqua with four points each.
Sidney was 23 of 49 from the floor and 10 of 14from the line, while Piqua was six of 22 from the floor and seven of 12 from the line.
The Jackets won the battle of the boards 27-13 and had eight turnovers to Piqua’s 22.
“We just have to get back at it,” Gillespie said. “We got the home stretch coming up and the tournament draw on Sunday.”
Sidney improved to 19-0 overall and 7-0 in the GWOC North, while Piqua dropped to 3-17 overall and 1-7 in the GWOC North.
The Lady Indians will close the season with road games at Greenville and Vandalia-Butler, traveling west to play the Lady Wave on Saturday.
Kaitlyn Davis 4-4-14, Carrie Nuss 2-0-5, Ashley Egan 0-1-1, Sylvia Hudson 10-2-22, Celena Taborn 4-3-11, Adrianne Miller 2-0-4, Jada Rowland 0-0-0, Alina Kindle 1-0-3, Sadi Timmons 0-0-0. Totals: 23-10-60.
Lauren Williams 1-2-4, Kelsey Magoteaux 1-2-4, Carly Brown 2-0-4, Mikayla Schaffner 0-0-0, Lily Stewart 0-1-1, Chloe Clark 0-0-0, Kelsey Bachman 0-2-2, Claire Went 0-0-0, Macie Schaffner 1-0-2, Emily Powell 1-0-2, Hailey McPherson 0-0-0. Totals: 6-7-19.
3-point field goals — Sidney: Davis (2), Nuss, Kindle.
Score By Quarters
Sidney 14 37 45 60
Piqua 5 13 16 19
Records: Sidney 19-0 (7-0), Piqua 3-17 (1-7).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.