URBANA — Piqua rallied in the fourth quarter for a 40-39 win over Urbana Monday night in non-conference action.
“I told the kids before the game we would win this on the defensive end,” Piqua coach Rory Hoke said. ” It was a total team effort. Hannah Went did a nice job of containing their point guard. She had five steals and was in the passing lanes all night.”
Katie Allen had eight points and 12 rebounds, while Macy Yount had eight points, five rebounds and two assists.
“Katie (Allen) had 12 rebounds and hit two big free throws to put us up three in the last minute,” Hoke said. “Macy (Yount) drew a lot of attention from their defense, but played a solid game, including hitting two free throws late.”
Without starter Tasha Potts, Morgen Grunkemeyer, Kayla Schrubb and Chelsea Hill picked up the slack inside.
” With Tasha (Potts) being out with an injury, Morgen (Grunkemeyer) did a good job defensively keeping the older Rogan sister from getting good looks. Frannie (Haney) gave us a tremendous effort. She was assertive going to the basket and had two putbacks. With Tasha being out, we lost some fire power inside, but we got 10 points (to go along with six rebounds) combined from Morgen, Kayla (Schrubb), and Chelsea (Hill) in the post.”
Braxton Rogan had 11 points, 12 rebounds and three steals for Urbana.
Piqua was 12 of 50 from the floor for 24 percent and 16 of 31 from the line for 52 percent.
Urbana was 12 of 51 from the floor for 24 percent and 12 of 24 from the line for 50 percent.
Piqua was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc, while Urbana made just three of 18 for 17 percent.
Urbana won the battle of the boards 44-33, but had 25 turnovers to Piqua’s 20.
“We missed a lot of layups and free throws, but defensively we were able to keep ourselves in the game,” Hoke said. ” Our next three games are going to be a true test (Fairborn, at Lebanon, Centerville). It was nice to go on the road and get a win. The girls did a great job of staying composed when our shots weren’t falling.”
Piqua will host Fairborn tonight.