GARNETT — Not much went right in Girard girls’ basketball in its first loss of the season, 39-26, at the hands Washburn Rural on Thursday.
The frustration of the Lady Trojans increased throughout the game, as many open shots bounced off the rim and fell right into the hands of the Blues, who pulled away on the strength of extra possessions from rebounds.
Girard (16-1) drew first blood on a layup by Olivia Hanson, but six consecutive points by the Blues gave them an early 6-2 advantage.
Ashley Ray evened the score at 6-all on back-to-back baskets with under three minutes left in the first quarter, which ended up being the last time either team would score before the second quarter of the defensive battle.
Girard began the second quarter with a 5-2 run to give them an 11-8 lead, but Washburn — ranked as the No. 5 team in Class 6A — knocked down a 3-pointer at the three-minute mark to tie the score 11 apiece.
Calea Augustin connected on a mid-range jumper to give the Trojans a 13-11 advantage at the break.
Girard extended its lead to 17-13 after a pair of free throws by Sydnee Crain and a layup by Augustin in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Blues regained control with an 11-2 run to end the third quarter holding a 24-19 advantage.
Washburn continued to pull away in the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run, before Kelli Cuthbertson ended the scoring drought with a 3-pointer to bring Girard to within single-digits at 33-26 with two minutes remaining in regulation.
Hanson’s 3-pointer would be the last time Girard scored, and the Blues went on to sink six free throws to seal the hard-fought win.
Ray was the leading scorer for the Trojans with 10 points, and Crain came in close behind with six.
Girard travels to face St. Mary’s Colgan on the road at 6 p.m. Friday at the SMC Fieldhouse.
-- 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.