COLUMBUS -- Two state-ranked girls basketball teams faced off Friday night in Columbus, and the Girard Trojans walked away with the win, taking down the No. 6 Titans 49-24 in a game which was never in doubt.
With the win the Trojans improve to 13-0 — the best start in school history.
The Trojans took the lead early in the first quarter and never looked back, outscoring Columbus 10-4 and establishing dominance on the court.
The Titans were never really in it, and never broke double-figure scoring in any quarter.
Trojan head coach Brad Herlocker attributed a stifling defense for much of the win — the Trojans held Columbus to a dismal 6-of-29 performance from the field and just 2-of-12 from the arc.
“Our kids were by far the most dialed in we’ve ever been on defense,” he said, adding his team’s height advantage is huge. “We have so much length at the end of the day, if you get past our athletic players you have 6-foot-4 waiting for you.”
That “6-foot-4” Ashley Ray shot 5-of-12 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line for 16 of the Trojans’ 49 points.
Two other players were in double figures, Syndee Crain — who was 3-of-6 from the field, 0-of-1 from the arc and 5-of-6 from the line for 11 points — and Calea Augustin, who was 4-of-5 from 2-point range, 0-of-4 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the line for 10 points.
As a team the Trojans were 18-of-35 from the field, 0-of-5 from the arc and 13-of-20 from the line.
The Trojans will face off with the Southeast Lancers at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home.
GIRARD BOYS COMPLETE SWEEP
The Girard boys came out hot early against the Columbus Titans in Friday night’s 52-38 win at Columbus — but for a time in the third it looked like Girard’s losing streak could be four games.
With GHS by 14 in the second quarter, after holding the Titans to five points in the first quarter — at one point the score was 7-1 — the Titans began chipping away at Girard’s lead in the closing minutes of the first half and came roaring out in the third to briefly take the lead and winning the third quarter 19-14.
“They’re long and they gave us some fits,” Girard head coach Rod Wescott said. “They’re tough inside and I thought they did a good job attacking us.”
However, Wescott said, they made some adjustments after the Titans took a 30-28 lead at 4:28 left in the third and in the last four minutes took the lead back ending the quarter up 38-35.
In the fourth, led by an on-fire Isaiah Fisher, who scored 10 of the Trojan’s 14 final stanza points, the Trojan defense held Columbus to three and finished with a win, snapping a three-game losing streak and improving to 9-5.
“On the defensive end we locked it down,” Wescott said. “We felt like we played pretty well.”
Fischer led scoring with 15 points. He was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line. Eric Wilson was also in double figures, going 0-of-4 from the field, 3-of-5 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the line for 11 points.
As a team the Trojans were 14-of-43 from the field, 5-of-13 from the arc and 9-of-18 from the line.
By way of comparison, Columbus was 13-of-32 from the field, 2-of-14 from the arc and 6-of-12 from the line.
Girard will next face the Southeast Lancers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.