BELLEFONTAINE — The Piqua girls basketball team will return to action Monday, traveling to Troy in GWOC North action.
The Lady Indians, 1-8 on the season, are coming off a heartbreaking 43-42 loss to Bellefontaine Wednesday night.
After getting down 16-5 after one quarter, Piqua outscored Bellefontaine 27-11 in the middle two quarters to take a 32-27 lead to the fourth quarter.
But, the Lady Chieftains outpointed Piqua 16-10 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.
Lily Stewart led the Lady Indians with 13 points and Mikayla Schaffner added nine.
Carly Brown came off the bench to score seven points, while Chloe Clark grabbed seven rebounds and Kelsey Magotueaux pulled down five.
Both Stewart and Browns were 2-for-3 from beyond the 3-point line, but free throw shooting proved costly for the Lady Indians.
Piqua made 16 of 47 shots from the floor for 34 percent and were 4-for-9 from 3-point range for 44 percent. But, the Lady Indians converted just four of 12 opportunities from the free throw line for 33 percent.
Bellefontaine was 14 of 60 from the floor for 23 percent, including three of 16 from 3-point range for 19 percent. The Lady Chieftains cashed in on 12 of 20 free throw attempts for 60 percent.
Bellefontaine won the battle of the boards 35-31 and had 10 turnovers to Piqua’s 16.
RUSSIA — Russia pulled away late in the game and came away with a 58-48 victory over visiting Minster in high school boys basketball action Wednesday night.
Russia goes to 6-2 on the year heading into theBuckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic Tuesday and Wednesday.
The start of the game was delayed when the tornado sirens went off in Russia with the approach of severe weather.
When it started, Minster got the first bucket, but the Raiders went on an 8-0 run and wound up leading 16-13 after a quarter. Russia then started the second quarter with another 8-0 to go up by 11 at 24-13, and was on top 29-18 when Minster climbed back in it with a 6-0 run. The half ended 32-29.
Minster rallied back behind Peter Falk, who had 14 of Minster’s 32 points in the first half. Connor Monnin came off the bench to score eight in the second quarter for the Raiders.
Minster overtook the Raiders early in the third quarter, leading 36-35, but the Raiders went on another 8-0 run to make it 43-36 before Falk drained a three to keep it close.
Nobody scored until three minutes into the final period when Josh York hit a couple of free throws for Russia. The Raiders were able to hold that six-point lead with the clock winding down to two minutes to go, and Minster was able to cut it to only four the rest of the way.
Josh York had 15 to lead the Raiders and Dylan Cordonnier added 11.
VERSAILLES — A career game from sophomore Justin Ahrens led the Versailles boys basketball team to a 67-54 win over Urbana Wednesday.
Ahrens poured in 34 points.
Brett McEldowney added nine points, while Keaton McEldowney and Knapke both scored eight.