By Josh Brown
TROY — For a half, Troy held the top two scorers in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division at bay.
No. 3 found enough room to give Sidney the edge, though, and then Sylvia Hudson did the rest in the second half.
Hudson scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and Sidney’s defense held Troy to only seven field goals in the game as the Yellowjackets — recently ranked No. 8 in the state in Division I in the first poll of the season — defeated the Trojans 45-26 Wednesday at the Trojan Activities Center.
Sidney (15-0, 4-0 GWOC North) boasted the division’s top three active scorers in Hudson (20.4 points per game), Celena Taborn (13.6) and Kaitlyn Davis (11.0). But Hudson had only four points at halftime and Taborn was shut out in the first half, and the Jackets led only by nine at 22-13 thanks to Davis’ eight first-half points.
“I thought, in the first half, we were only down by nine and we didn’t play very well, particularly on offense,” Troy girls basketball coach Nathan Kopp said. “We let Davis get open for a couple 3s, but other than that we limited their two big girls (Hudson and Taborn). But they had some other kids make some baskets, too. If Sidney has more than three girls making baskets in a game, they’re going to be tough to beat.
“Obviously, we were at some disadvantage with their height, their length and their athleticism. But we just can’t allow a team like that second chances. We can’t get them to take the shot we want and miss it, only to let them put it right back.”
The Trojans (5-9, 2-3 GWOC North), meanwhile, just couldn’t figure out how to get the ball through the net. They began the game 3 for 20 from the field in the first half, had zero first-quarter field goals and finished 7 for 45. And while Taborn had no impact on the game offensively with only two points, she had six of Sidney’s 10 blocked shots.
“For the game, we went 7 for 45, 4 for 23 from 3,” Kopp said. “Obviously 3s aren’t as high percentage as buckets inside, but when they’re bringing in 6-foot-2 off the bench, it makes it difficult. Some of the shots we took were good ones — but 10 is a lot of blocks.
“Our first-half effort was good. We had some good energy. We just didn’t do anything on offense.”
After halftime, though, Hudson began to take over.
She converted a three-point play to open the second half then hit a long jumper to make it a 14-point game, then a 3 by Ashley Egan and a pair of Hudson free throws made it 32-15. A fast break layup by Kiyha Adkins and a late 3 by Jordan Short cut the Jackets’ lead after three quarters to 12 at 32-20, but after that, the closest the Trojans got was 11.
Hudson had three putbacks in the fourth quarter and scored nine of her points during the final eight minutes to put the game away. Short and Sierra Besecker each hit 3s for Troy, but it was simply not enough.
Hudson added 14 rebounds and Taborn added two points and nine rebounds as Sidney outrebounded Troy 44-33 in the game. Davis finished with eight points — all in the first half — Egan had six, Sadi Timmons had five and Carrie Nuss added four.
Short led Troy with six points despite only playing in the second half, while Maddy Taylor had four points and a team-high eight rebounds. Bailey Hess added three points and six rebounds, Besecker and Alexis Otstot each had three points, Adkins, Kayla Niswonger and Taylor Stookey each had two points and Alaura Holycross had one point.
The Trojans host Belmont Saturday looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
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