GIRARD — The Girard Trojan boys came out hot Tuesday night, behind a pair of back-to-back treys by Ethan Goff that established the pattern for the first half. Girard took a lead that they would not relinquish until the fourth quarter — and even then just gave up a tie to head into OT.
The Trojans were up 16-11 at the end of the first and the second quarter was a 10-all tie to head into the locker room with Girard up 26-21.
The third quarter was tight, with the Trojans narrowly winning the stanza 15-13 to extend their lead to 7.
They were leading by as much as 10 in the final period, when the Vikings came storming back with a 23-16 quarter to end regulation with a tie.
However with many players in foul trouble — on both teams — Parsons was forced to dial back the heavy man pressure which had gotten them back into the game and behind lights-out shooting from Caleb Muia and Goff in particular, Girard ended the game with a 21-13 OT to take the win 78-70.
By the Numbers
Girard had three players in double figures, Muia was game-high scorer with 31. He was 8-of-16 from the field, 1-of-3 from the arc and 12-of-16 from the line. Goff had 23, going 7-of-13 from the field, 2-of-6 from the arc and was 3-of-4 from the line. Ryder Worrell had 10 points. He was 1-of-4 from the field, 1-of-2 from behind the arc and shot 5-of-6 from the freethrow line.
As a team, Girard was 32-of-47 from the field, 4-of-13 from three-point range and shot 24-of-35 free throws.
By way of comparison, Parsons was 19-of-46 from the field, 9-of-41 from the arc and just 7-of-18 from the line.
Parsons Girls 50, Girard 40
Foul shots were the deciding factor as the Girard Trojan Girls fell to the Parsons Vikings 50-40 Tuesday night.
The game was much closer than the score would make it seem, as Girard was within 2-to-4 points for much of the game, but 24 points from the line for the Vikings made all the difference.
Parsons came out quick in the first dropping a trey from Parsons’ Ayanna Correll-Renfro — who would go on to be the Viking’s high-scorer with 21 points — which was quickly answered by Girard’s Sydnee Crain.
The Vikings held on to a three-point lead through the first and into halftime as both teams scored 10 in the second frame — Parsons scored six of those on free throws.
That would set the pattern for the rest the night with the Vikings scoring much of tally at the line.
The fourth quarter was the deciding factor as Parsons went 12-of-14 from the line, scoring just six of their 18 points from the field, as the Trojans were forced to foul to stop the clock.
By the Numbers
Crain led scoring for the Trojans with 24 points. She was 4-of-11 from the field, 4-of-11 from behind the arc and 4-of-8 from the line.
As a team, the Trojans were 8-of-29 from the field, 6-of-15 from the arc and 9-of-14 from the line.
By way of comparison, the Vikings were 6-of-27 from the field, 5-of-15 from the arc and shot 24-of-31 from the line.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.