SIDNEY — In the quickest of turnarounds, Troy regained control, retook the lead and put away a conference win against Sidney on Wednesday.
After Sidney converted both free throws after a technical foul to take a one-point lead with 1:02 remaining, Troy’s Jordan Short stole the ensuing inbounds pass and hit a layup to give the lead right back to the Trojans, then another Yellow Jacket turnover led to a Tia Bass bucket, and the defense did not give a good look at a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer as Troy (10-9, 7-5 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) held on for a 36-33 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
With the win, the Trojans completed a season sweep of Sidney (2-16, 2-10), also winning 38-31 back on Dec. 9. And like that game, it took a late rally — albeit a brief one — to seal it.
Sidney’s defense frustrated Alaura Holycross, the Trojans’ second-leading scorer, all game long, keeping her sidelined in foul trouble by drawing three charges and holding her scoreless until the fourth quarter. She scored two quick buckets inside to give the Trojans their biggest lead of the game at 28-20, but the Jackets rallied and cut the lead to one at 32-31 on an Alina Kindle 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play.
After the Yellow Jackets stole the ball, Holycross tried to steal the ball back in transition but was called for a technical foul, and Kindle sank both free throws to put Sidney up 33-32 with 1:02 to play. But the Trojans settled down quickly and got the job done as Short intercepted the in-bounds pass and laid it in to put Troy right back on top, then Bass cashed in on another turnover to make it a three-point game with 30 seconds remaining.
Sidney had one last chance after Troy missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10.4 seconds left, but the Trojan defense didn’t allow the Jackets to get an open look. Kindle had to give the ball up, and the player that did get off a shot put up an airball that Bass collected to finish off the game.
Bass — a sophomore who finished with a double-double and led the Trojans with 13 points and 12 rebounds — kept Troy in the game for the first two and a half quarters. She scored seven points and had eight rebounds in the first half alone, helping keep the score tied at 4-4 after one and 12-12 at the half. Then Bass then tied the score twice with putbacks in the third quarter after Sidney had taken the lead.
With the score tied 18-18, Troy got clutch back-to-back shots from long range to take control. MaKenna Taylor found Short open for 3 to put Troy up 21-18, then Bass grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and Kiyha Adkins found Taylor open for 3 to give the Trojans a 24-18 lead, and they carried a 24-20 lead into the fourth.
Short finished with nine points and three assists, Taylor had eight points and three assists, Holycross had four points and five rebounds, Laura Borchers had two points and Valena Robinson had five rebounds.
Kindle finished with 12 points to lead Sidney, Carly Dean scored seven, Kyana Johnson had six points and five rebounds, Hallie Truesdale had four points, Emma Wiford had two points and six rebounds and Sam Reynolds had two points.
Troy shot 15 for 40 (37.5 percent) from the field and Sidney shot 13 for 34 (38.2). Troy won the rebounding battle 30-21 and the turnover battle 18-17.
Sidney continues divisional play by hosting Piqua on Saturday.
Riverside boys lose to Ben Logan
Riverside faced off against Benjamin Logan at TP lanes on Wednesday.
Riverside’s boys were defeated by Ben Logan 2,506-1,951
Hunter Russell led the Pirates with a 362 series and a 199 game and Bailey Gammell added a 284 series.
Ben Logan’s girls dropped out of the match. Bridgette Hemlinger led Riverside with a 288 series and a 152 game and Kaylyn Wren had a 137 game.
Jackson Center 43, Botkins 27
Jackson Center pulled out to a big early lead to spark a Shelby County Athletic League road win over Botkins on Tuesday.
The Tigers led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and outscored Botkins 11-4 in the second to take a 22-12 halftime lead. Jackson Center outscored Botkins 11-10 in the third and 10-5 in the fourth.
Bryce Sosby led the Tigers with 16 points while Aidan Reichert scored 13 and Trent Platfoot added 10. The Tigers made 18 field goals and 4-of-7 free-throw attempts.
Tyler Free and Spencer Heuker each led Botkins with six points. The Trojans made nine field goals and 8-of-9 foul shots.
Jackson Center (9-7, 4-5 SCAL) hosts Fairlawn on Friday while Botkins (6-10, 2-8) plays at Russia.
Sidney Daily News sports editor Bryant Billing contributed to this report.