Led by Calea Augustin's 16 points, the Girard Lady Trojans were able to defeat the visiting Oswego Indians by a score of 62-26.
Girard was able to exert tremendous defensive pressure on Oswego the entire game, limiting the amount of looks the Indians got by forcing numerous turnovers. The Trojans defense covered up a slow start offensively for Girard, in which they missed several shots in the paint. With the offense clicking in the second half, the Trojans were able to slowly pull away to their final margin of victory.
“I thought the girls did a good job, especially in the second half, of coming back and running the offense and finding the open person,” Girard coach Brad Herlocker said. “Sydnee [Crain] does a really good job of ball defense, and she did that most of the night. I cannot say enough about how she did running our offense tonight; she did a fantastic job of distributing the basketball. I thought we did a much better job of playing unselfishly tonight, and that’s what led to a lot of high-percentage shots.”
The Lady Trojans had a noticeable height advantage in their matchup with the Oswego Indians, and Girard tried to use the advantage early.
Sydnee Crain hit a 3-pointer off an interior pass from Ashley Ray out of a triple team early in the quarter to give Girard a 5-0 lead.
It was the defense of Girard that led to several easy scoring chances for the Trojans.
Olivia Hanson was able to force a steal and earn a layup to give her team a 9-4 lead.
A little while later, Lauren Franklin knocked down a jumper to extend the Girard lead to 13-4, and the score would stand 17-6 entering the second quarter.
Ray was able to score on back-to-back possessions to help extend the Trojan advantage early in the quarter. A second triple by Crain in the half staked Girard to their largest lead of the game, 26-9.
Her 3-pointer was part of an 11-0 Trojan run in which Oswego went more than four minutes without a basket.
At halftime, Girard led 33-16.
Augustin answered an Oswego 3-pointer with one of her own from the corner early in the third quarter.
The Girard defense forced turnovers on three consecutive Indian possessions.
The epitome of the selfless play of the Trojans all game long was on display on a two-on-one fast break by Crain and Jacey Murphy. The two made the defender dizzy with their tapping the ball back-and-forth before Murphy laid it in for two, making the score 42-23.
At the end of the quarter, the Girard advantage would run to 49-23, with Augustin getting a steal and a buzzer-beating layup.
Girard was able to extend their lead to 56-26 following a basket by Franklin, and with the running clock, the Trojans were able to finish up the Indians by the final score of 62-26.
Augustin led Girard with 18 points.
Crain added 11 of her own, and Murphy chipped in nine points in the game.
GIRARD BOYS DROP INDIANS 75-48
The Girard boys scored 27 points in the first quarter of their 75-48 defeat of the Oswego Indians Tuesday night.
Behind a balanced-scoring night which saw three Trojans in double figures, Girard was able to get high-percentage looks and convert against the senior-laden Oswego team. The Trojans fell behind early in the first quarter but put together a 22-3 run to put themselves in front. Over the next three quarters, Girard used pressure defense and patience offensively to run past the Indians.
“It was good to get back on the floor,” Girard coach Rod Wescott said. “Obviously, it is good to come out and get a win. I thought we moved the ball on offense, got some good looks offensively, but defensively, we have a lot of work to do yet. In the half-court sets, I didn’t feel like our rotations were very good. We have some things to work on, but the kids are working hard, and I think we are getting better.”
The visiting Oswego Indians started five seniors against Girard, and that experience seemed to play to their advantage early as they built a quick 8-2 advantage.
The athleticism of the Trojans, proved to be too much for Oswego to contend with.
Caleb Muia, coming in off the bench, ignited what would be a 22-3 run with a putback bucket.
His layup was quickly matched by Evan Troike and Isaiah Fisher, whose lay-in gave Girard its first lead of the game at 10-8.
Dalton Lindbloom converted an old-fashioned three-point play during the Trojan run, and a 3-ball by Goff capped it off, putting Girard ahead 24-11.
With the score 27-16 entering the second quarter, the Trojans rode their defense to two quick buckets, giving Girard its largest lead of the game at 31-16.
Another 3-pointer by Goff made it 34-20.
Fisher hit two buckets just before halftime to stake the Trojans to a 42-25 lead entering the break.
Eric Wilson hit a difficult layup just into the third quarter, and Jordan Hopson knocked down a turnaround jumper on the next offensive trip for Girard, giving them a 46-25 lead.
A 3-pointer by Troike extended the Trojan advantage to 53-30, but Oswego went on a 10-3 run to trim their deficit to 53-35 with just under three minutes to go in the quarter.
Out of a timeout, Girard slowed the game down, holding the ball for better than 90 seconds on one possession. Just before the end of the quarter, Goff hit a runner to put the Trojans up 59-39.
Goff, Fisher and Troike took turns hitting layups to open the final quarter of play, forcing a timeout by Oswego.
The Trojans would take a commanding 75-45 lead with just over three minutes to go in the game before winning by a final score of 75-48.
Goff and Fisher each had 18 points for the Trojans.
Troike poured in 13 points, and Caleb Muia added eight points in the win.