TROY- The Lady Trojans opened league play against the Greenville Green Wave and outscored their opponents 9-5 in overtime to pull out a hard-fought 48-44 victory leaving the pre-Thanksgiving crowd at The Trojan Activities Center with something to be thankful for.
This was Troy’s first game without Macy Taylor on the roster, graduating last year as the leading women’s scorer in Trojan basketball history.
The Trojans led 13-8 after the first quarter and that 5 point margin stayed as the halftime buzzer hit with Troy up 20-15.
However, the Lady Wave came out smoking in the 3rd quarter besting Troy 13-3 and the Wave were up 28-23 going into the final quarter.
Greenville led by as many as 9 in the 4th quarter and it looked as though the game was over with less than 5 minutes to go but Troy’s Amyannah Tucker and Kiyah Baker stepped up to the plate with Tucker hitting 2 free throws to tie the game and send it to overtime.
In the overtime period, Tucker hit 4 straight free throws to give Troy the 4 point victory.
Sophomore guard Tucker finished the game with 23 points and hit 9-10 at the charity stripe with 7 of those points coming in the extra frame to lead Troy’s scoring.
Kiyah Baker chipped in with 12 points and 5 rebounds and freshman Landry Niles added 4 in her first varsity game hoping to bring as much success to the Troy program as her mother, Julia Reel Niles did when she played and was the career scoring leader at Troy before Macy Taylor surpassed her at Butler in the 21-22 season.
Seniors Brynn Siler and Mackenzie Rogers scored 3 points each.