By Rob Kiser
The good news for the Piqua girls basketball team is the Lady Indians don’t have to wait long to put Thursday night’s loss to Troy Christian behind them.
Piqua dropped to 1-1 with a 47-31 loss to the Lady Eagles in non-conference action at Garbry Gymnasium.
“Give Troy Christian credit,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “But, we just didn’t execute very well. We did not play our best basketball game. But, we can’t dwell on it. We have another game to get ready for Saturday.”
The game had gotten off to a pretty good start for Piqua.
Lily Stewart hit two threes and Lauryn Gray added another as Piqua took an 11-6 lead late in the first quarter.
But, Troy Christian took control from there, opening a 21-14 halftime lead and the Lady Eagles were never headed from there.
Piqua made just two of 20 shots from the floor in the second and third quarters — including missing all 12 field goal attempts in the second quarter.
“We just did not adjust to their defensive change,” Gillespie said. “We just did not play well tonight.”
Troy Christian began to get the ball inside to Haley Peters and pounded the offensive glass all game for second and third shots.
The Lady Eagles led 30-20 after three quarters, before Piqua made one run midway through the fourth quarter.
Baskets by Kelsey Magoteaux, Tylah Yeomans and Stewart cut a 35-22 deficit to 35-28 with 3:45 to go, but that was as close as the Lady Indians could get.
“We just had way too many turnovers,” Gillespie said. “That was the story of the game. You can’t turn the ball over like that.”
Stewart led Piqua with 11 points, while Lauren Williams had six points and Gray grabbed five rebounds.
Peters had a double-double for Troy Christian with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kathryn Lee had nine points and 10 rebounds, Sarah Earhart scored nine points and Lauryn Lavy grabbed 10 rebounds.
Piqua was 11 of 39 from the floor for 28 percent and five of 14 from the line for 36 percent.
“We didn’t do a good job from the line,” Gillespie said. “We have to do better job of knocking down shots.”
Troy Christian was 16 of 51 from the floor for 31 percent and 15 of 23 from the line for 65 percent.
The Lady Eagles won the battle of the boards 41-16 and had 25 turnovers to Piqua’s 28.
“We just didn’t do a good job of executing tonight,” Gillespie said.
Which the Lady Indians can put behind them quickly.
In a schedule change, they host Bellefontaine Saturday, with JV tipping at 9 a.m.
Troy Christian (47)
Kenley Blake 1-0-2, Kathryn Lee 3-3-9, Lauryn Lavy 2-0-4, Cait Echols 0-0-0, Haley Peters 5-4-14, Jalyn Forrer 1-0-2, Sarah Earhart 3-3-9, Cara Salazar 1-5-7. Totals: 16-15-47.
Lauryn Williams 1-4-6, Kelsey Magoteaux 2-0-4, Claire Went 1-0-2, Lauryn Gray 1-1-4, Lily Stewart 4-0-11, Kelsey Bachman 0-0-0, Emily Powell 1-0-2, Ainsleigh Spradlin 0-0-0, Tylah Yeomans 1-0-2. Totals: 11-5-31.
3-point field goals — Piqua: Stewart (3), Gray.
Score By Quarters
Troy Christian 11 21 30 47
Piqua 11 14 20 31
Records: Piqua 1-1, Troy Christian 2-1.
Reserve score: Piqua 46, Troy Christian 12.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.