By Robbin Kiser
January 14, 2014
Call Sports Editor
The Piqua girls basketball team put four quarters together — and the Graham girls saw a three-game winning streak come to and end — which was not all bad as far as Lady Falcon coach Bruce Vanover was concerned after the Lady Indians 51-29 victory.
“We have had a number of games where we had the lead and just couldn’t put teams away,” Piqua coach Rory Hoke said. “Tonight, we finally put a game away when we had a chance. The entire starting five did a great job.”
Vanover, while surprised, said his young team may have learned a valuable lesson.
“We came in here on a three-game winning streak and they were some pretty good wins,” Vanaover said. “I think Piqua gave us a reality check tonight. I think that will keep us humble. The girls are upset right now and can’t wait to get after it (at practice) tomorrow (Tuesday). That is a good sign. We are a young team and trying to build a winning program.”
Piqua got off to a quick 7-0 lead and Graham never really recovered as the Indians led 13-8, 23-14 and 37-25 at the quarter breaks.
“I thought Katie (Allen) and Macy (Yount) really gave us a spark in the early going,” Hoke said. “We got off to a good start and just kept it going.”
It was a struggle all night for the Lady Falcons on offense.
“We couldn’t dig ourselves out of the hole,” Vanover said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at all and we didn’t take care of the basketball.”
Yount had 14 points to lead Piqua, while Allen had 13 points and seven rebounds. Kayla Schrubb grabbed 12 rebounds and six points and Morgen Grunkemeyer had six points, all in the first quarter.
“I thought Hannah (Went) did a great job at the point,” Hoke said. “I thought Hannah, along with Teija (Davis), Janise (Hummel) and Danajha (Clemons) did a nice job on (Lindsey) Black. She really hurt us last year. Kayla (Schrubb) had a real nice game in the post and Carly (Brown) sparked us with four points in the third quarter.”
Black, who made a shot from halfcourt to close the first quarter, led Graham with 10, while Megan Thompson added eight.
“Piqua came out with a lot of energy and we just didn’t match it,” Vanover said. “That is not like us. It wasn’t from a lack of effort. We are going through a pretty busy stretch in our schedule right now.”
Piqua was 21 of 35 from the floor for 60 percent and seven of 18 from the line for 39 percent. Graham was 13 of 42 from the floor for 33 percent and two of six from the line for 33 percent.
Piqua won the battle of the boards 32-13, but had 23 turnovers to Graham’s 19.
The Piqua JVs lost 31-24.
Carly Brown scored eight points and Maddy Curtner added six.
The Lady Indians will host Troy Wednesday and Meadowdale Saturday at Edison Community College, while Graham will play Indian Lake Wednesday.