PIQUA — On Wednesday, Jan. 13 the Lady Aviators basketball team traveled to Piqua to play the Lady Indians. Wednesday marked a pivotal GWOC divisional battle, one that would put the winner in prime position to pursue the division title. The Aviators came into the game off of a double digit win over Troy. Piqua also was victorious in their last contest, defeating Greenville by four points.
The Aviators started fast in the opening quarter, playing well on both sides of the ball. Butler would lead by 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Aviators struggled in the second, narrowing their lead to only eight points at half. Butler would lead 21-13 at half. In the third quarter, Butler would add seven points, while limiting Piqua to six. Butler would lead with only one quarter remaining, 28-19. In the final quarter, Butler did just enough to win, and defeated Piqua, 38-24.
In the opening quarter, the Aviators started fast. They outplayed Piqua on both ends of the floor, finding scoring lanes and playing physical on defense. The Aviators outscored the Indians 14 to 3 in the opening quarter. Leading the way for the Aviators in the opening quarter was Senior Shelby Moses, who added a pair of three pointers early in the quarter.
The Indians fought back in the second quarter, slowing the game down, which resulted in more open scoring chances. Piqua scored 10 points in the second quarter, while they allowed only seven. Despite, slimming their lead, the Aviators still stayed focus. Butler would take a 21-13 lead into the half. The Aviators were led by Senior Abby Grooms, who added four of Butler’s seven points.
In the third quarter, the Aviators continued to struggle. Butler gave themselves many opportunities with short layups, which they were unable to convert. The Aviators added seven points in the third quarter, while holding Piqua to six points. Despite struggling in the quarter, Butler extended their lead, and were in a good position with one quarter remaining. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Aviators would lead 28-19. Leading the way for the Aviators in the third quarter was Junior Brittney Petrosky.
Butler got back on track in the final quarter, and finished the game off on a high note. Butler outscored Piqua ten to five in the final quarter, which extended their lead to 14. Senior Riley Clark and Junior Keonni Rakestraw both added baskets as the Aviators cruised to victory. Butler polished off the Indians by a final score of 38 to 24.
Leading scorers for the Aviators were Abby Grooms with 13 points, followed by Shelby Moses with 11. Brittney Petrosky, Olivia Schoenherr, and Riley Clark also added four points for Butler.
The Junior Varsity fell to Piqua in overtime by a final score of 28-26.