By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy girls basketball coach Nathan Kopp doesn’t want to talk about his team’s youth anymore.
“We’re 19 games in now,” he said. “Our freshman are sophomores now, our sophomores juniors. We’ve got to have some leadership right now, some kids stepping up and taking those roles — and we just don’t have it right now.”
Sidney, however, got it from Sylvia Hudson.
The Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division’s second-leading scorer posted 11 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter — all after the Trojans had cut Sidney’s lead to three at 34-31 — leading the Yellowjackets (14-7, 7-2 GWOC North) to a 48-35 victory over Troy Wednesday at the Trojan Activities Center.
It was the second time this season Hudson has done so, too. In the first meeting between the teams, she played a key role in the Jackets’ third-quarter spurt that led to a 60-51 loss by the Trojans (6-13, 4-5 GWOC North).
“When you let Hudson get the ball in the blocks, she’s going to score,” Kopp said. “We tried to keep that from happening as much as possible, but obviously we didn’t do it enough.”
Troy never led but kept things close in the first half, tying the score on three separate occasions — but each time they did, Sidney scored on the very next possession to retake the lead. And after a 3 by Sierra Besecker tied the score at 12-12 midway through the second quarter, the Jackets took over. A putback by Hudson spurred a 15-1 run that carried over into the third quarter, giving Sidney its biggest lead of the game at 27-13.
“We just came out flat,” Kopp said. “The energy just wasn’t there. When you give yourself a 14-point hole, it’s tough to come back.”
Yet still the Trojans tried.
A 3 by Kennedi Kyzer — the GWOC North’s leading scorer entering the night — ended the run, but Sidney was still able to push the lead back to 31-18. But Kayla Niswonger scored a pair of consecutive putbacks and Kyzer scored four straight to put Troy down only 31-26 entering the fourth, and a putback by Drezenee Smith on the final quarter’s opening possession got the Trojans to within one possession at 31-28.
Troy still trailed only by three when Hudson put the game away.
She hit a short jumper then added a free throw to make it a six-point game, then after a series of free throws, a baseline drive by Troy’s Jenna Kaup cut the lead to 38-35 Sidney.
Then Hudson scored a tough bucket inside and drew a foul, converting a three-point play to again make the lead six. After a Troy turnover, Hudson scored on a drive to make it 43-35, and then Kaitlyn Davis drove and kicked to Hudson for another score to make it 45-35 and force a Troy timeout with less than a minute to play — but by then it was too late.
Hudson added five rebounds to her 19 points, Davis scored 11 points — all in the first half — and had five assists and Celena Taborn had eight points and 15 rebounds — 11 of those coming in the second half.
Kyzer led the Trojans with 17 points and eight rebounds, Besecker added five points and two assists, Niswonger had four points and six rebounds and Bailey Hess had four points, going 4 for 4 from the free throw line.
“I thought we got pretty good contributions from sophomores Kayla Niswonger and Drezenee Smith,” Kopp said. “But it’s not just about offense. It’s about defense, too. The defense will lead to offense, but when you’re pulling the ball out of the basket all the time, it makes it difficult.”
Troy hosts Piqua on Saturday before a pair of makeup games next week — at home against Northmont Monday and at Minster Feb. 12. The Trojans will then face the same Yellowjackets in the first round of the Division I sectional tournament at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at Wayne High School.
Sidney — 48
Kaitlyn Davis 4-1-11, Hayley Powers 1-0-3, Miaya Foy 1-1-3, Bri Wells-Barnes 0-0-0, Sadi Timmons 1-0-2, Maci Homan 1-0-2, Sylvia Hudson 8-3-19, Celena Taborn 2-4-8. Totals: 18-9-48.
Troy — 35
Jenna Kaup 1-0-2, Sierra Besecker 2-0-5, Maddy Taylor 0-1-1, Bailey Dornbusch 0-0-0, Kennedi Kyzer 5-4-17, Bailey Hess 0-4-4, Kayla Niswonger 2-0-4, Drezenee Smith 1-0-2, Zechariah Bond 0-0-0. Totals: 11-9-35.
Score By Quarters
Sidney9 25 31 48
Troy7 13 26 35
3-point goals: Sidney — Davis 2, Powers. Troy — Besecker, Kyzer 3.
Records: Sidney 14-7, 7-2. Troy 6-13, 4-5.
• More Postponements
The weather caused plenty of cancellations on Wednesday night, too. Troy Christian’s boys basketball game at Lehman was rescheduled for Feb. 12, and Milton-Union at Preble Shawnee and Miami East at Graham were both postponed with no makeup date immediately set. All three were already rescheduled from previous snowouts. And in girls basketball, Piqua’s game at Trotwood was bumped to today.
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