Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trojanettes Tip Owensville to Win Place 3rd at State `Letdown' Cited in Chillicothe's Semifinal Victory

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trojanettes Tip Owensville to Win Place 3rd at State `Letdown' Cited in Chillicothe's Semifinal Victory

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The Trojanettes of Buchanan High of Troy (Mo.) played their best basketball of the season during the postseason this year.

Until last weekend.

"Honestly, I thought we played better in districts, sectionals and quarterfinals than we did in Columbia," Troy coach Ron Wilhoit said. "We'd played so well to get to this point, I guess you had to expect a bit of a letdown. And the full week between games definitely hurt us. Early last week, we were ready to go.

"But as the week went on, we seemed to lose that edge. By Friday, I thought we came out a little flat."

The Trojanettes, who finished 22-10, lost 53-35 to Chillicothe Friday and beat Owensville 42-41 Saturday to take third place in Class 3A.

"Defensively, I thought we played well," Wilhoit said. "But we never really got it going offensively. Against Chillicothe, we had two good quarters and two poor quarters. We scored four points in both the second and fourth quarters - at this level, you can't win many games that way."

Republic (30-1) beat Chillicothe 66-43 Saturday in the 3A title game.

Troy trailed just 32-31 after three quarters against Chillicothe Friday. But the Hornets outscored the Trojanettes 21-4 in the fourth quarter for the victory.

Troy was paced offensively in that game by junior Laura Piel, who scored 11 points.

"Chillicothe had some size and their big players hurt us," Wilhoit said. "We worked hard, but we just couldn't seem to get the offense going."

Against Owensville Saturday, junior guard Lisa Lenk sank a free throw with no time remaining in overtime to lift the Trojanettes to victory.

Owensville (26-6) rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Troy 14-6 to force overtime.

"We played good defense again and that was really the key to our success later in the season," said Wilhoit, whose team led 20-17 at halftime and 35-27 after three quarters. …

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