By Rob Kiser
In a matchup of two 0-5 teams, Piqua girls got its first victory of the season in a GWOC Showcase game with West Carrollton Tuesday at Garbry Gymnasium.
After a first half that was close throughout, Piqua opened a 27-20 lead by finishing the half with a 6-0 run, then pulled away for a 55-47 victory over the Lady Pirates.
After West Carrollton had opened an 8-4 lead midway through the first quarter, Piqua finished the quarter with eight straight points.
The Indians, who shot 22 free throws in the first half and 32 for the game, did much of their damage from the line.
After a basket by Mikayla Schaffner made it 8-6, Kelsey Magoteaux, Lily Stewart and Schaffner all hit a pair of free throws to give Piqua a four-point advantage.
After a three by Kay Feltner had put West Carrollton up 18-17 in the second quarter, Piqua answered with baskets by Stewart and Lauren Williams.
With the Indians leading 21-20, Magoteaux and Bailey Powell each hit one free throw and Stewart drilled a three, before Magoteaux added another free throws to make it 27-20 at the break.
Schaffner then hit two threes to start the second half and make the lead 13.
Piqua had a 39-28 lead going to the fourth quarter, before West Carrollton got back within five after a Feltner three.
But, Schaffner and Stewart combined for five points each in the fourth quarter as Piqua opened the lead back to double digits before both teams emptied their benches.
Schaffner had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lady Indians, while Stewart scored 14 points.
Williams and Magoteax both pulled down five rebounds.
Feltner had 13 points to lead the Pirates.
Abby Tincher had nine points and six rebounds,
Piqua was 17 of 52 from the floor and 16 of 34 from the line, while West Carrollton was 17 of 51 from the floor and seven of 15 from the line.
Piqua won the battle of the boards 37-28 and had 19 turnovers to West Carrollton’s 17.
The Lady Indians next two games will be varsity only.
Piqua plays Northmont at 6 p.m. Thursday and Trotwood-Madison at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.