By Josh Brown
and Rob Kiser
TIPP CITY — The past two season, the Tippecanoe and Fort Loramie girls basketball teams split a pair of matchups.
Monday night, the Red Devils took the advantage in what has become one of the best non-league rivalries in the area.
Tippecanoe outscored Fort Loramie 12-4 in the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 43-40 victory Monday at home, getting payback for a four-point loss early last season last season.
Tippecanoe (3-1) held a three-point lead after the first quarter, but Fort Loramie took a 20-18 lead at halftime. The Red Devils made adjustments at the break, though, and only allowed four third-quarter points to take a 30-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Redskins tried to rally in the final period, but Tippecanoe was able to hold on for the victory.
Taylor Prall led the Red Devils Monday with 11 points, while Cali Stewart and Allison Mader both added nine points. Claire Hinkle scored six, Chloe Schretzman added four and Brooke Aselage had three.
Last season, Fort Loramie won at home 37-33, and two seasons ago the Devils won 68-60 on the road, as well.
Tippecanoe hosts Greenville Wednesday, looking to begin Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play with a second straight win.
PIQUA — The Piqua girls basketball team stayed within striking distance the entire game.
But the performance of Urbana senior Hunter Rogan was too much to overcome.
Rogan nearly outscored Piqua by herself, putting in 43 points in the Hillclimbers 56-45 win over the Indians (1-5) Monday in non-conference action.
Rogan made 18 of 27 shots from the floor, including four of seven shooting from behind the 3-point line.
She converted 3 of 5 free throws and nearly completed a triple-double with 13 rebounds, eight steals and three assists.
“That was quite a game,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “Give her credit. I thought we did a pretty good job on her defensively for the most part. The thing we did is we lost her in transition. That is one of the things we have talked about — you have to stay with them in transition.”
With six different players scoring, Piqua trailed just 11-10 after one quarter.
But Urbana started the second quarter with a 16-2 run to open a 27-12 lead.
Rogan had 14 of those 16 points, with many coming off of steals and layups.
“We always have that stretch like we had at the end of the first quarter and start of the second quarter,” Gillespie said. “We never should have been behind by that much. We play good 70 percent of the time. We just have to find a way to play good the whole game.”
Urbana led 29-20 at halftime, with Rogan accounting for 23 of the 29 points.
She scored nine more points in the third quarter, which finished with Urbana leading 45-33.
Rogan added 11 more in the fourth quarter, as Piqua could never get closer than the final margin of 10.
Magoteaux kept Piqua in the game, scoring 11 in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 18 points.
Lauryn Gray had a strong game as well for the Indians with a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Bridget Ofori grabbed 11 rebounds for Urbana, who had a 34-24 advantage on the boards.
Piqua was 18 of 60 from the floor for 30 percent, missed both 3 -point attempts and was 10 of 18 from the line for 56 percent.
Urbana was 24 of 51 from the floor for 47 percent, including five of 16 from behind the arc for 31 percent. The Hillclimbers converted three of eight from the line for 38 percent.
Piqua had 17 turnovers to Urbana’s 22.
“There is not time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Gillespie said. “We have to come right back and get ready for Sidney.”
The Indians host Sidney Wednesday in GWOC American action.
Saturday’s postponed game with Tippecanoe has now been rescheduled for Jan. 9.
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