Troy girls shut down Greenville 45-16 in MVL action

TROY — Sharing the basketball and aggressive defense are usually a pretty good combination.

It was a lethal one of the Troy girls basketball team Monday night against Greenville at the Trojan Activity Center.

Troy forced Greenville into 32 turnovers and put seven different girls in the scoring column in a 45-16 MVL victory.

Troy had assists on 14 of its 19 field goals.

With the win, Troy improved to 7-4 heading into Wednesday’s game at Piqua.

Greenville dropped to 2-8.

“I felt like after the second half of the Tippecanoe game we were clicking on defense again,” Troy coach Jeremy Hughes said. “I thought we did a good job (sharing the ball). We just need to do a better job finishing (on those chances).”

The Trojans have followed that win by handing Vandalia-Butler only its second loss of the season and dominating from the start against Greenville.

While the Green Wave struggled to even get shots off in the opening half, Troy took full advantage at the other.

Morgan Kaiser scored off assists from three different players in the early going as Troy jumped out to an early 11-0 lead.

After an Abby Yoder basket put the Wave on the board, Troy would score the next 15 points and lead 26-2 before a 3-point play by Allison Powell late in the first half.

“We felt like we a height advantage inside,” Hughes said. “We wanted to take advantage of that.”

Macie Taylor showed once again why she is such a special player.

In a game where Taylor could have easily looked to have a big night offensively, Taylor spread the wealth.

She finished with 16 points, four assists and two steals to lead the Troy attack, while Kaiser had 11 points and two steals.

Makenzee Maschino had five points and four steals, while Jovie Studebaker added five points and three steals.

Brynn Siler added five points and two steals. Elise McCann had four steals and Madalynn Hughes also had two steals.

“Macie (Taylor) is always looking to get everyone involved in the game,” Hughes said. “That is one of the things that makes her such a special player.”

Taylor continued her climb up the Troy record books.

The junior guard moved into fifth place all-time in career scoring and now sits at 872 points in two-and-a half seasons.

Yoder led Greenville with eight points and Powell added five points, six rebounds and three steals.

Nyesha Wright had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Troy was 19 of 47 from the floor for 41 percent, including two of nine from 3-point range for 22 percent. The Trojans made five of eight free throws for 63 percent.

Greenville was seven of 25 from the floor for 28 percent and missed all three attempts from long range. The Wave was two of seven from the the line for 29 percent.

Greenville won the battle of the boards 20-19, but Troy had just 12 turnovers.

Now, the Trojans will look to use the same combination to try and complete a sweep of the season series with Piqua.