While the Troy girls’ basketball team struggled to score last Wednesday in their sectional tournament opener against Beavercreek, their offense also battled a big turnover problem as they were eliminated by the Beavers in the tournament 63-20.
Numerous turnovers plagued the Trojans, while defensively, they couldn’t slow down the Beavers who connected on ten three-pointers on the day. Troy fell behind early and could not pose a threat in their loss to the Beavers.
Beavercreek jumped in front early, behind an early three from Maddi Shannon and layup from Keaira Youngblood giving the Beavers a 7-0 lead just three minutes left in the quarter.
Troy finally broke through when Maddy Taylor connected from the free throw line with 3:06 left in the period. Lexi Moore added another short range jumper for Beavercreek before Troy scored their first field goal. Jordan Short hit a layup with nine seconds left in the period but the Beavers headed into the second period on a big three from Cori Dilsavor and Beavercreek led 12-3 after the opening period.
Beavercreek put the game away in the second quarter when they scored five quick points in the first 90 seconds, including another three from Michaela Rhoades pushing the lead to 17-3.
After Alaura Holycross broke the string for Troy on a layup, the Beavers exploded for eight points in two minutes with Moore scoring three and another three from Dilsavor pushing the Trojans lead to 20.
Sierra Besecker did connect from three, but a pair of late threes in the final 40 seconds sent the Beavers out to a 31-8 halftime lead.
The third quarter was much of the same for the Trojans. Besecker hit a three early in the quarter, but they would be shut out the rest of the period, going scoreless for the next seven minutes. Beavercreek used a pair of three and several close shots to go on a 17-0 run and take a 40-point lead into the fourth.
Troy’s best production came over a one minute span of the fourth, as they hit four free throws including three from Taylor Stookey.
The Trojans finish the season 9-14 overall, and was led in scoring by Besecker with six points, and Stookey’s five points late was next in line for the Trojans. Kayla Shields led all scorers with 10 for the Beavers.a