By Rob Kiser
and Josh Brown
The Troy Christian girls basketball team used a seven-point advantage in the second quarter to pull away from Piqua Thursday night, defeating the Indians 47-31 on the road in non-conference action at Garbry Gymnasium.
“Give Troy Christian credit,” Piqua coach Brian Gillespie said. “But we just didn’t execute very well. We did not play our best basketball game. But we can’t dwell on it. We have another game to get ready for Saturday.”
The game had gotten off to a pretty good start for Piqua. Lily Stewart hit two 3s and Lauryn Gray added another as Piqua took an 11-6 lead late in the first quarter.
But Troy Christian took control from there, opening a 21-14 halftime lead, and the Eagles were never challenged from there.
Piqua made only 2 of 20 shots from the floor in the second and third quarters — including missing all 12 field goal attempts in the second quarter.
“We just did not adjust to their defensive change,” Gillespie said. “We just did not play well tonight.”
Troy Christian began to get the ball inside to Hailey Peters and pounded the offensive glass all game for second and third shots.
The Eagles led 30-20 after three quarters before Piqua made one run midway through the fourth quarter.
Baskets by Kelsey Magoteaux, Tylah Yeomans and Stewart cut a 35-22 deficit to 35-28 with 3:45 to go, but that was as close as the Indians could get.
“We just had way too many turnovers,” Gillespie said. “That was the story of the game. You can’t turn the ball over like that.”
Peters had a double-double for Troy Christian with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kathryn Lee had nine points and 10 rebounds, Sarah Earhart scored nine points and Lauryn Lavy grabbed 10 rebounds.
Stewart led Piqua with 11 points, while Lauren Williams had six points and Gray grabbed five rebounds.
Troy Christian was 16 of 51 from the floor for 31 percent and 15 of 23 from the line for 65 percent. Piqua was 11 of 39 from the floor for 28 percent and five of 14 from the line for 36 percent. The Eagles won the battle of the boards 41-16 and had 25 turnovers to Piqua’s 28.
Troy Christian travels to Greenon Saturday.
Miss. Valley 27
PLEASANT HILL — With Tatum McBride again leading the way, Newton had more different players step up alongside her Thursday night, improving to 3-0 with a 59-27 victory in its Cross County Conference opener against Mississinawa Valley.
McBride hit a pair of 3s and led the Indians (3-0) with 17 points — the same total she led the team with during Newton’s win over Milton-Union Tuesday night. And Mallory Dunlevy provided a presence in the post against the Blackhawks, connecting on five buckets inside and adding 13 points.
Kaylee Kesler scored seven points, Anna Wolfe added three and Elizabeth Carroll, Britney Oburn, Treanna Lavy and Kassidi Alexander each had two as the Indians went 14 for 20 from the free throw line as a team.
Newton put the game away early, building a 16-4 lead after one quarter and a 33-8 lead at the half. Mississinawa Valley took the first three quarters to reach double digits, trailing 47-10 after three quarters, and the Indians cruised from there.
Newton travels to Russia Monday.
Preble Shawnee 38
CAMDEN — The Milton-Union Bulldogs bounced back from a loss in their opener earlier this week in the best possible fashion, by jumping out to a big lead against Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division rival Preble Shawnee on the road and holding on for a 44-38 victory to open league play Thursday.
Milton-Union (1-1, 1-0 SWBL Buckeye) shut down Preble Shawnee’s offense in the first quarter and hit its own shots, taking a 12-5 lead after one. Things remained even over the second and third quarters, then the Bulldogs held on in the fourth after the Arrows outscored them 17-16.
Kristen Dickison led the Bulldogs with 18 points, going 4 for 4 behind the 3-point line on the night and adding two assists. Beyonce Bobbitt added nine points, six rebounds and two assists, Taylor Jacobs had eight points and six rebounds, Bri Stone had four points, Maddie Brown had three points and Liz Renner chipped in two.
Milton-Union travels to Madison Saturday.
TV South 29
COVINGTON — Five Buccaneers scored in double figures Thursday night, leading Covington (4-0, 2-0 Cross County Conferece) to an easy 80-29 victory over Twin Valley South.
Jordan Crowell led Covington with 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers along the way, and Sammi Whiteman added 14 points. Lexie Long and Addison Metz each had 11 points and Lauren Christian scored 10.
Covington hosts Versailles Saturday.
Miami East 53,
TC North 37
CASSTOWN — Miami East only led by four at halftime against Tri-County North Thursday, but the Vikings (2-2, 1-0 Cross County Conference) pulled away in the second half and put an end to a two-game losing streak with a 53-37 win in its conference opener.
The Vikings led 10-9 after the first quarter and 21-17 at the break. But a 16-11 third quarter made it a nine-point game heading into the final eight minutes, and East put it away from there.
Haley Howard led the Vikings with 15 points and Kaitlyn Mack added 11. Bailey Milelr and Amber Kinnison each scored eight, Camryn Miller added five, Gabrielle Hawkins had four and Sage Hunley had two.
Miami East hosts West Liberty-Salem Saturday.
ANSONIA — The Bradford Railroaders fell to 0-2 Thursday night, opening Cross County Conference play with a 52-19 loss at Ansonia.
Ally Booker and Liv Hart each had four points to lead Bradford, while Bianca Keener and Hannah Fout each had three.
Other scores: Arcanum 74, Bethel 54. Lehman 36, Hardin Northern 34.
Rob Kiser can be reached at (937) 451-3334. Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.