TROY — As expected, the unbeaten Sidney High girls basketball team had an easy time of it in the D-1 Sectional semifinals at Troy Wednesday night, routing archrival Piqua for the third time this season, 64-19.
The victory puts the Lady Jackets into the sectional championship Friday at Troy against Springboro, likely the toughest opponent Sidney will have faced this season.
Game time has been changed to 7 p.m. from the original 7:30 so Sidney fans can also get to Vandalia for the 8:30 game featuring the boys team.
Sidney is now 24-0 and becomes the first team in school history to reach that figure.
Piqua ends its season at 4-19.
The outcome was never in doubt, with the Lady Jackets rolling to a 23-4 lead after one quarter. It was 35-8 at the half, and when Sidney held the Lady Indians to just one point in the third quarter, the score reached 55-9 with three quarters to play.
“We got off to another great start,” said Sidney coach Megan Mummey. “Our defense was incredible and I’m proud of the way we came out. I was very pleased with the play of Alina Kindle. She’s a freshman and she gave us good minutes off the bench. We were unselfish and we need to carry this momentum into Friday’s game. It will be a showdown of two great teams.”
Sidney had four players in double figures, led by Sylvia Hudson with 18. Kaitlyn Davis added 17, and Celena Taborn 11 and Alina Kindle 11 apiece.
With the 18, Hudson goes over 500 points this season, only the second players in girls basketball history to do so.
Starting times changes
Because of conflicts, both the Sidney boys and girls tournament games Friday will have different starting times.
The Sidney girls were scheduled to play at 7:30 at Troy, but will now play at 7. And the Sidney boys were scheduled to play at 7 at Vandalia, but will now play at 8:30. The changes were made to accomodate the fans.
Tickets for both games will be on sale during school hours today and Friday.
Sidney (67) — Davis 17, Nuss 3, Egan 3, Hudson 18, Taborn 11, Timmons 2, Kindle 11, Rowland 2.
Piqua (19) — Williams 1, Clark 2, Stewart 10, Bachman 4, Schaffner 2.
Score by quarters:
Sidney—23 35 5 67
Piqua—4 8 9 19
Three-pointers: Sidney 9 (Davis 3, Kindle 3, Nuss, Egan, Taborn); Piqua 2 (Stewart 2).
Records: Sidney 23-0, Piqua 4-19.
Sidney’s next game: Friday, sectional finals at Troy, 7 p.m. vs. Springboro.
Loramie 71, Mississinawa 20
In Division 4 action at Sidney, top-seeded Fort Loramie had another easy victory Wednesday, routing Mississinawa Valley 71-20.
The win puts the Lady Redskins at 20-4 and into the lower bracket sectional final Saturday at 1:30.
Wednesday’s game wasn’t in doubt for long, with the Lady Redskins scoring the first 11 points of the game. The first five baskets came from five different Loramie players.
It was 16-2 at one point, and Loramie led 19-7 after a quarter. The halftime score was 38-12.
The Lady Redskins took 45 more shots than Mississinawa, hitting 31 for 74 for 42 percent comparted to 7 for 29 for the Lady Blackhawks, 24 percent.
Jessica Boerger led Loramie in scoring with 16, Holly Frey had 13 and Olivia Quinter 10. Maddi Brandewie led in rebounds with six, Boerger had six assists and Taylor Gasson four assists.
Fort Loramie (71) — Gasson 5, Luebke 8, Boerger 16, Hoying 3, H. Frey 13, R. Frey 4, Quinter 10, Stang 2, Brandewie 2, Meyer 2, Holthaus 4, Raterman 2.
Mississinawa Valley (20) — Stump 6, Willis 2, Hunt 2, Dirksen 5, Stachler 3, Hunt 2.
Score by quarters:
FL—19 38 58 71
MV—7 12 14 20
Three-pointers: FL 1 (Gasson); MV 0.
Records: FL 20-4, MV 4-19.
Loramie’s next game: Saturday, lower bracket sectional finals at Sidney vs. Botkins-Fairlawn winner, 1:30.
Botkins 65, Fairlawn 29
Fairlawn and Botkins split during the regular season, so it was the third meeting of the two at Sidney Wednesday in sectional tournament action.
Unfortunately for Fairlawn, leading scorer Audrey Francis went down with 5:10 left in the second quarter with an injury, and teammate Whitney Tyler followed two minutes later. That left the Lady Jets in a tough spot, and Botkins took advantage, winning 65-29.
Botkins advances to play Fort Loramie in the finals on Saturday at 1:30 with an 11-13 record. Fairlawn finishes 6-17.
Botkins was well on its way to a win when the injuries occurred, leading 25-12. The Lady Trojans pulled out to a 35-16 lead at the half.
Botkins had three players in double figures. SarahBergman had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, Kayla Heuker had 15 points and four assists, and Paige Lane had 10 points.
Madison Pierce led Fairlawn with nine.
Botkins (65) — Pitts 6, Heuker 15, Bergman 17, Lane 10, Woodall 2, Greve 2, Jones 1, Esser 3, Homan 9.
Fairlawn (29) — Brautigam 3, Roe 6, Francis 2, Dudgeon 5, Tyler 4, Pierce 9.
Score by quarters:
Botkins—15 35 58 65
Fairlawn—8 16 19 29
Three-pointers: Fairlawn 1 (Brautigam); Botkins 6 (Lane 3, Pitts 2, Esser).
Records: Botkins 11-13, Fairlawn 6-17.
Botkins’ next game: Saturday, sectional finals at Sidney at 1:30 vs. Fort Loramie.