Troy girls fall to Miamisburg in D-I sectional action


PIQUA — It was a memorable season for the Troy girls basketball team.

The Lady Trojans won 16 games, nearly advanced to the district semifinals in Tuesday night’s D-I sectional tournament loss to Miamisburg at Garbry Gymnasium and share the MVL Miami Division title.

So, it would be easy to see the final game of Madalynn Hughes, Morgan Kaiser, Makenzee Maschino, Jovie Studebaker and Macie Taylor as the end of an era.

Troy coach Jeremy Hughes would tell you its is just the opposite.

“It is not the end of an era — it is the start of a new era,” Hughes said. “These girls set a new standard for Troy girls basketball. Winning a league title — I don’t care if it is shared or not, advancing in the tournament. To look at how far these girls have come over the last sever years. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

And once again, Taylor showed why she is the best player in the MVL and beyond.

Her play had Troy in the lead for most of the game, before the Trojans were almost left defenseless because of their foul situation in the fourth quarter.

Taylor had 27 points, and six rebounds and finishes as Troy’s all-time leading scorer with 1,439 points.

“I don’t think there is any question about who the best around here is if you watched Macie (Taylor) in our first two games,” Hughes said. “She showed why she will be playing Division I basketball. No doubt about it. It look like Miamisburg watched the Fairmont film and were going to pack it in the paint and keep Macie from getting the ball to the other players. They were just going to let her do her thing.”

Maschino had a big first quarter with seven points as Troy jumped out to an 8-0 lead and led 16-13, 24-20 and 41-39 at the quarter breaks.

“It was a mirror image of the Fairmont game,” Hughes said.

Miamisburg had stayed in the game in the first three quarters, hitting 10 3-pointers. The Vikings didn’t make a two-point field goal in the second or third quarters.

But, Troy was forced out of its aggressive defense in the fourth quarter because of the foul situation.

Taylor hit a 3-pointer midway through the quarter and Brynn Siler netted a hook shot to tie it at 48-48 with 4:10 to go.

But, Miamisburg scored the next eight points and pulled away.

Anna Long scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

“Our aggressive defense was one of the keys,” Hughes said. “But, we had Macie with four fouls and a couple other girls with three. They have a Division I player too and she took advantage of it. I have always like the way Miamisburg had played. They were patient and that showed tonight.”

Siler had nine points for Troy.

Amyannah Tucker had eight points, Maschino scored seven points, Kasier grabbed nine rebounds and Studebaker pulled down five.

Long led Miamisburg with 30 points and seven assists.

Addison Frymoyer had 15 points, Alley Haas scored 10 points, Dana Russo had six points and eight rebounds and Jordyn Barr grabbed eight rebounds.

Troy was 19 of 55 from the floor for 35 percent, including seven of 15 on 3-pointers for 47 percent. The Trojans were 13 of 15 from the line for 87 percent.

Miamisburg was 18 of 43 from the floor for 42 percent, including 10 of 20 from long range for 50 percent. The Vikings made 19 of 22 from the line for 86 percent.

Troy won the battle of the boards 34-24 and had nine turnovers to Miamisburg’s seven.

And the Trojans walked out for the last time with their heads held high.

“This is a much different feeling than last year when we lost the first game in the tournament to Butler,” Hughes said about the 16-8 season.

And a new standard for Troy girls basketball.

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