By Rob Kiser
It wasn’t easy.
And Greenville made them work for it the entire second half.
But, the Piqua girls basketball team was able to hold on for a 37-34 win over the Lady Wave in GWOC North action Saturday at Garbry Gymnasium.
Piqua improved to 3-11 overall and 1-3 in the GWOC North, while Greenville dropped to 2-12 overall and 0-3 in the GWOC North.
“It was a back-and-forth game,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “I am really proud of the way the girls handled things in the second half.”
And while Piqua was in control much of the fourth quarter, Greenville’s Sara Wenning hit two 3-point field goals in the final 12 seconds to get the Lady Wave within 36-34 with 5.5 seconds to go.
After Mikayala Schaffner hit one of two free throws to make it 37-34 with 4.6 seconds to go, the clock ran out before Greenville could get a shot off.
Piqua sophomore Kelsey Magoteaux came up big in the clutch.
Magoteaux was 10-for-14 from the line in the fourth quarter — and scored all 12 of her points in the final eight minutes, as Piqua overcame making just three field goals in the second half by hitting 15 of 22 from the line.
“That was huge,” Gillespie said of Magoteaux’s play. “I am really proud of her. She deserves it. You know, she hurt her ankle in the second quarter. She came out to warmup in the second half, looked me and said, ‘I am good coach, let’s go’. She is someone I have always looked at as a leader. She plays more like a senior.”
In the first half, it was the 3-point shooting of Schaffner that sparked Piqua to a 16-11 halftime advantage.
After the game was tied 4-4 after the opening quarter, Schaffner hit three shots from behind the arc and Lily Stewart added another from the top of the key. All four Piqua field goals in the second quarter were from long range.
“Mikayla (Schaffner) does a little bit of everything for us,” Gillespie said. “That was great to see her hit those shots. She can hit them and when she has that shot, I want her to shoot.”
Greenville got within one-point twice in the third quarter — at 16-15 and 18-17, but Piqua was able to weather the storm.
“They came out and made a run at us and I was really proud of the way the girls handled that situation,” Gillespie said.
Piqua opened the lead back up to 21-17 after three quarters and Greenville couldn’t make a run until the final minute, despite pulling down 15 offensive rebounds in the second half.
“That has been a problem for us all year,” Gillespie said. “We just aren’t aggressive enough. But, I am not worried about that right now. We are going to get better.”
Schaffner matched Magoteaux with 12 points — and Schaffner and Kelsey Magoteaux each grabbed five rebounds.
Cassie Cromwell had 13 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lady Wave.
Piqua was eight of 25 from the floor for 32 percent and 17 of 25 from the line for 68 percent.
Greenville was 11 of 52 from the floor for 21 percent and 10 of 16 from the line for 63 percent.
Greenville won the battle of the boards 29-26 and had 16 turnovers to Piqua’s 27.
Piqua girls will host Vandalia-Butler Wednesday and look to continue an unusual formula. All the Piqua varsity players played one quarter of the JV game Saturday due to limited numbers.
“It is not a typical situation for a basketball team,” Gillespie said. “But, we have had so many injuries. It has worked out well for us. It gave them a chance to get out there and get loose.”
Before working hard for four quarters in the varsity game to get a big win.
Karsyn Shaffer 3-1-7, Cassie Cromwell 5-3-13, Chloe McKinney 0-0-0, Sara Wenning 2-0-6, Kaylee Jackson 0-0-0, Payton Brandenburg 1-6-8, Abby Miller 0-0-0, Lessie Cable 0-0-0. Totals: 11-10-34.
Lauren Williams 1-1-3, Kelsey Magoteaux 1-10-12, Claire Went 0-0-0, Mikayla Schaffner 4-1-12, Lily Stewart 2-1-6, Chloe Clark 0-2-2, Kelsey Bachman 0-2-2, Emily Powell 0-0-0. Totals: 8-17-37.
3-point field goals — Greenville: Wenning (2). Piqua: Schaffner (3), Stewart.
Score By Quarters
Greenville 4 11 17 34
Piqua 4 16 21 37
Records: Greenville 2-12 (0-3), Piqua 3-11 (1-3).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.