By Rob Kiser
“Prime Time” seems to bring out the best in the Piqua girls basketball team.
Two of the Lady Indians three wins have come on Friday night — and there could not have been a better time for it that in Friday’s game with Sidney to kick off the girls/boys varsity doubleheader.
Piqua led from the start in a 46-34 victory — picking up a half point in the Piqua-Sidney All Sports competition.
After the Sidney boys win later Friday, Sidney leads the series 6.5-4.5.
“This was my first win over Sidney,” Piqua girls basketball coach Brian Gillespie said. “So, I am excited.”
And he wasn’t looking past a winless Sidney team.
Piqua improved to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in GWOC American play, while Sidney dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in GWOC American play.
“It is a rivalry game,” Gillespie said. “Anything can happen. This is a big win for us.”
Sometimes, a plan comes together — as it did Friday night.
Lily Stewart scored the first seven points of the game to get the Lady Indians off to a fast start.
“That is what I had in mind,” Gillespie said. “We went back to some of our traditional stuff — with the idea we could get Lily (Stewart) open for some good looks.”
Emily Powell added a three in the opening quarter, Kelsey Magoteaux had a field goal and Lauren Williams hit two free throws as Piqua still led 14-13 after one quarter.
“We finally hit some shots tonight,” Gillespie said. “It had been awhile. We came out and shot the ball well.”
Sidney got seven points from Alina Kindle in the first half and five from Carrie Nuss to stay within striking distance.
“Alina Kindle is a really dangerous shooter,” Gillespie said. “I thought Lauren (Williams) did a great job on her.”
Sidney trailed 26-21 at halftime and 29-24 with 5:38 to go in the third quarter after Emma Wiford hit one of two free throws.
But, Piqua scored the final nine points of the quarter to take a 38-24 lead and he Indians were never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter.
Stewart start the run with another three and Lauren Williams had a putback. Kelsey Magoteaux and Karly Johns hit two free throws each to make the margin 14.
“I thought we did a great job out there tonight,” Gillespie said. “They were missing one (Kyana Johnson) and we were missing one (Tylah Yeomans). This is a big win for us.”
Stewart finished with 17 points and three blocked shots to lead Piqua, while Williams had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Magoteaux scored eight points, while Kelsey Bachman had five rebounds and three assists.
Kindle and Wiford had 10 points each for Sidney, while Carly Dean grabbed seven rebounds.
Piqua was 13 of 47 from the floor and 15 of 21 from the line, while Sidney was 13 of 42 from the floor and three of five from the line.
Piqua won the battle of the boards 31-25 and both teams had 12 turnovers.
Carrie Nuss 2-0-5, Hallie Truesdale 0-0-0, Alina Kindle 4-0-10, Carly Dean 1-0-2, Emma Wiford 4-1-10, Maddie White 1-2-5, Lauren Baker 0-0-0, Team 1-0-2. Totals: 13-3-34.
Lauren Williams 4-2-10, Kelsey Magoteaux 1-6-8, Emily Powell 1-0-3, Kelsey Bachman 1-2-4, Lily Stewart 5-3-17, Elizabeth Kidwell 0-0-0, Skylar Sloan 1-0-2, Tayler Grunkemeyer 0-0-0, Karley Johns 0-2-2. Totals: 13-15-46.
3-point field goals — Sidney: Nuss, Kindle (2), Wiford, White. Piqua: Powell, Stewart (4).
Score By Quarters
Sidney 13 21 24 34
Piqua 14 26 38 46
Records: Sidney 0-6 (0-3), Piqua 3-3 (1-2).
Points didn’t come easy Saturday night at Garbry Gymnasium.
Despite holding Greenville to six points in the second half, the Piqua girls basketball team lost 24-22.
With the game tied at 22, Greenvile held the ball for the final two minutes.
After calling timeout with less than 15 seconds remaining, the Wave got a basket from Pauton Brandenburg with five seconds left to win the game.
Following a Piqua timeout at 2.5 seconds to go, Greenville ended up with the ball on the inbounds play.
Haleigh Mayo led Greenville with nine points, while Lily Stewart had a game-high 10 points for Piqua.
Kelsey Magoteaux pulled down 10 rebounds and Lauren Williams had six.
Piqua was seven for 28 from the floor and scored just one point in the final quarter after leading 21-20 after three quarters.
The Lady Indians made six of 12 free throws.
Greenville was 11 of 37 from the floor and two of five from the line.
Piqua won the battle of the boards 25-18, but had 15 turnovers to Greenville’s 12.
In the JV game, Karley Johns scored 25 points as Piqua won 36-29.
Piqua, 3-4 overall and 1-3 in GWOC American play, plays at Troy Wednesday.
Pauton Brandenburg 2-0-4, Lani Shilt 1-0-2, Saki Nakumura 1-1-3, Morgan Gilbert 1-0-2, Jada Garland 0-0-0, Haleigh Mayo 4-1-9, Koryann Elliott 2-0-4. Totals: 11-2-24.
Lauren Williams 2-0-4, Kelsey Magoteaux 0-5-5, Emily Powell 0-0-0, Kelsey Bachman 0-1-1, Lily Stewart 4-0-10, Tayler Grunkemeyer 1-0-2, Skylar Sloan 0-0-0, Elizabeth Kidwell 0-0-0. Totals: 7-7-22.
3-point field goals — Piqua: Stewart (2).
Score By Quarters
Greenville 8 18 20 24
Piqua 9 14 21 22
Records: Greenville 4-3 (2-2), Piqua 3-3 (1-3).
Reserve score: Piqua 36, Greenville 29.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.