Troy girls rally stuns Sidney in MVL action


TROY — There could not have been a better time for the breakout party for Troy freshman guard Amyannah Tucker.

And with a team effort on defense and Tucker and Macie Taylor combined for a 15-0 run in the last 2:30 of the game to erase a 43-31 deficit and give Troy a 46-45 victory in a matchup of two of the top teams in the MVL.

With the win, Troy improved to 5-4 overall and 5-1 in the MVL, while Sidney dropped to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the MVL.

And it was Tucker scoring Troy’s final eight points to complete the comeback, emerging from the locker room with the Trojan belt around her waist.

“That is for Player of the Game,” Tucker said with a big smile. “I was just thinking (when they were behind), we had to play better defense and play more accountable.”

Tucker scored all 14 of her points in the second half and with less than 25 seconds to go and Troy trailing 43-41, Taylor fired Tucker the ball in the corner.

Her shot was perfect and Troy led 44-43.

“I was more confident than I had been,” Tucker said. “It did (her previous 3-pointer gave her confidence). Macie (Taylor) and my teammates have been encouraging me and helping me.”

After Sidney called timeout with 9.6 second to go, the Jackets were called for 5 seconds on the inbounds.

Tucker was fouled with 6.7 seconds to go and calmly hit two free throws to make it 46-43, before Sidney made a two-pointer at the buzzer.

This was following a two-point win over Butler on Wednesday.

“I think this does gives us confidence,” Tucker said.

Troy coach Jeremy Hughes was still confident when his team was down 12 in the late going.

“I just had a feeling we were going to do something,” he said. “I just had a talk with Amyannah (Tucker) yesterday. I know she was disappointed that she hadn’t scored more points, but I told her she was doing a lot of things to helps us.”

The run started with a 3-pointer by Taylor and Tucker followed with a 3-pointer to make it 43-37.

Makenzee Maschino scored off an assist from Tucker and Taylor scored off a steal with 1:10 to go it was 43-41, setting up Tucker’s game-winning points.

“Even though Macie (Taylor) only scored 10 points, she has a calming presence out there,” Hughes said. “And the Wright State coach was here watching her today.”

Sidney had led 17-7, 25-17 and 34-27 at the quarter breaks before the Troy rally.

Taylor had five rebounds, seven assists and four steals to go with her 10 points, while Tucker had five rebounds and three steals to go with her 14 points.

Morgan Kaiser had eight points and Maschino scored six points.

Stockton had 16 points for Sidney and Kiara Hudgins had 11 points.

Regan Clark had six points and 11 rebounds and Larkyn Vordemark scored six points.

Troy was 16 of 43 from the floor for 37 percent and 10 of 16 from the line for 63 percent.

The Trojans were just 1-for-10 from the 3-point, before making their final three attempts from long range when it mattered.

Sidney was 19 of 48 from the floor for 40 percent and four of six from the line for 67 percent.

Both teams had 27 rebounds and Troy had 15 turnovers to Sidney’s 17.

And after Taylor missed the first five games of the season with illness, the Trojans have won four straight since her return and are right where they want to be heading into a big game with Tippecanoe Wednesday.

“They always say you are what your record is,” Hughes said. “But, we are not a .500 team. We just are not. I think if we get everybody playing consistently, we are a really good team.”

As they showed in two big wins this week.

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