LABETTE — A difficult road test saw Girard High School basketball earning a split against Labette County on Tuesday, as the Trojan girls’ team won its 16th consecutive game with a 64-52 victory before the GHS boys’ team lost 53-50 in a dramatic finish.
TROJAN GIRLS CONTINUE PERFECT SEASON
The historic season continues to get more impressive with each win, as the Lady Trojans move to 16-0 with just four regular-season games left.
There were several lead changes throughout the contest, but the Trojans pulled away in the second quarter to earn the win over a scrappy Grizzlies team.
Calea Augustin lifted the Trojans to an early 7-4 lead, as she put up a quick five points.
Both teams were matching each other stride for stride, resulting in multiple lead changes, but the Trojans took the lead at the end of the first quarter on a shot by Olivia Hanson to go up 16-15.
Labette County regained the lead at 22-18 with a 7-2 run to begin the second quarter, but the Trojans responded with a 9-2 run to go up 29-22.
The run included four points by Hanson, three points by Augustin and two points by Sydnee Crain.
Girard outscored the Grizzlies 9-5 in the final minutes of the first half to go into the break at halftime up 38-29.
The Grizzlies clawed back to within 42-36 to begin the third quarter, but the Trojans pulled away with a 7-3 run to go up 49-39.
Girard continued to fight off Labette, as they increased a five-point lead at the end of the third quarter to a 61-50 lead in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Augustin had a team-high 22 points, while Hanson finished with 14.
Crain finished with 12 points and Ashley Ray posted 11 to give the Girard girls four players in double figures.
GIRARD BOYS FALL IN SECOND GAME
Another close game saw the Trojan boys come up short by three points, 53-50, losing five of the last seven games.
The Trojans held the lead in the third quarter, but Labette took over in the fourth and came out with the win despite leaving the door slightly open in the final seconds.
Girard found itself trailing by four with a minute left in regulation, before Eric Wilson hit a clutch 3-pointer to bring the Trojans to within one point at 50-49 with 30 seconds left.
Labette County extended the lead to 53-49 after being intentionally fouled, and appeared to have the game wrapped up with two seconds left and a two-possession game, but a technical foul sent Girard to the charity stripe and gave the Trojans one last possession.
Wilson came through at the line, and a quick timeout left GHS an opportunity to draw up a last-second shot to potentially send the game into overtime, but the shot was waved off by the officials as it wasn’t hoisted up in time, leaving Girard with the loss.
Wilson led the way for the Trojans with 16 points on the night.
The Trojans will take on Colgan on the road at 6 p.m. on Friday.
-- Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.