OSWEGO — Sydnee Crain broke Girard High School girls’ basketball single-season scoring record after posting 27 points in the 57-28 win over Oswego on Thursday.
Crain’s 27 pushed her season total to 484 points, surpassing the previous record of 466 set by Haydn Herlocker.
The Girard boys also came out on top in the season finale, winning 71-20.
CRAIN BREAKS SCORING RECORD IN WIN
The Girard girls’ team wasted no time in taking control of the contest in hostile territory, as the Lady Trojans put up the first 13 points of the game and held the double-digit lead throughout.
“The girls did a really good job of playing great defense, and that translated into great offense,” GHS head coach Brad Herlocker said. “We’ve really hit another gear the past three weeks and it comes at the perfect time. It was also nice to be able to get the younger kids in and get them some valuable experience.”
Crain lifted the Lady Trojans to an early 13-0 lead on the strength of 12 points in the first seven minutes of the contest.
Girard continued to keep pace with help from the freshman Jaada Valley, who lifted the Trojans to a 45-13 at the end of the second quarter with 18 points in the first half.
It was all downhill from there, as the underclassmen played a majority of the second half to close out the game.
Valley was the second-leading scorer for Girard after Crain, posting 16 points.
Brittley Bailey closed out the game with nine points.
GIRARD BOYS HOLD INDIANS TO 20 POINTS IN WIN
Everything continued to go in favor of Girard in the boys’ game, as the Trojans held the Indians to 20 points in the win.
Five different Trojans hit the scoreboard in the opening minutes of the contest, including Ethan Goff, Caleb Muia, Ryder Worrell, Evan Troike and Carter Doherty.
The early offensive surge led GHS to a 14-2 advantage, which swelled to 26-5 following 12 consecutive points highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by Goff.
Girard took a 31-7 advantage heading into the second quarter after Dillon Collins knocked down a 3-pointer at the end of the first.
Oswego scored the opening points of the second quarter, but the Trojans answered back with a 3-pointer by Worrell which sparked a 19-2 run to make the score 55-11 at halftime.
The Trojans slowed down the pace of the game in the second half to drain the clock, while allowing the younger players to close out the game.
Muia led the way offensively for Girard with 17 points in the win.
Worrell came in close behind with 15 points.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.