GIRARD — It was a rough night for the Girard High School basketball teams in the season opener on Friday, as the girls’ team lost 57-31 followed by a 49-47 loss for the boys’ team.
GRIZZLIES ROUT LADY TROJANS
A rough start to the night for Girard saw the Lady Trojans lose 57-31.
Labette County had everything working throughout the game, taking control of the contest from the opening tip and keeping the Trojans at bay down the stretch.
“It was the first game of the season and the first game ever for a lot of the kids,” GHS head coach Brad Herlocker said. “We definitely saw some first-game jitters. I think they were pretty nervous and we showed that tonight. We need to improve in every category if we want to have an opportunity to win. A lot of it has to with ball handling and boxing out, but really just every facet of the game.”
The Grizzlies hit the ground running, scoring the first six points of the contest en route to mounting a 15-6 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Labette County continued to expand the lead, going up 28-13 at halftime and went on to cruise to the first win of the season.
Senior guard Sydnee Crain finished the night with 16 points, while Kalyn Flaharty contributed six, Jaada Valley totalled three and Allyssa Gardner, Gabbi Sands and Jordanne Ferguson tallied two points apiece.
GIRARD BOYS COME UP SHORT
Things didn’t get any better for Girard in the second game of the night, as the boys’ team lost 49-47 following an unfortunate call at the end of the contest.
With the score tied at 47-all in the final minute of regulation, a miss by the Trojans was rebounded by the Grizzlies
Labette County played for the final shot, but a foul called on the Trojans sent Javon Reliford to the line for a pair of free throws.
Reliford knocked down both shots to put LCHS up by two with one second remaining.
A long heave down the court on the inbound pass sailed out of bounds, but a timeout called by GHS head coach Rod Westcott allowed the Trojans to keep possession.
Girard inbounded the ball in the halfcourt and attempted an alley-oop pass intended for Caleb Muia, but the pass was broken up by the Grizzlies to seal the game.
“I really feel like our kids showed a lot of heart tonight,” Wescott said. “We played kind of like a deer in headlights early on. We have a lot of new guys out there and it was their first time playing in front of a big crowd. I think they responded really well to their runs and they fought hard. It was a good eye-opener tonight, and it gives us an idea of where we need to improve by March.”
Muia kept the Trojans in the contest the entire way, leading the team with 29 points.
Carter Doherty also had a good outing with 10 points of his own.
The Trojans will hit the road to take on Baxter at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.