The Girard Trojans found a scoring balance between their guards and their interior players Monday night.

The Girard Trojans found a scoring balance between their guards and their interior players Monday night.

That balance proved too much to handle for the Independence Bulldogs in a Class 4A first round substate game at Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium, as Girard won 65-47 to move into the semifinal round.

Hadyn Herlocker scored a game-high 25 points, Hope McLeod added 10 and Carly Heatherly added nine, representing the Girard perimeter attack. Senior forwards Danica Kelly and Jordan Davied combined for 19, Kelly 10 and Davied nine. Hannah Jones added three points.

Girard built a 40-26 halftime lead, propelled by Herlocker and her 18 first-half points, 12 on four 3-point shots.

“We did a great job in the first half of building a lead with great fullcourt and halfcourt offense,” Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. “When you have five people scoring eight or more points, it is hard to decide who to guard. I feel like Indy’s a good basketball team that didn’t play bad. We really played well tonight.”

Opponents have recently decided to throw the kitchen sink defensively at junior point guard Hadyn Herlocker and make other Girard players beat them.

That strategy has backfired when Davied, Heatherly, Jones, Kelly and McLeod are making their shots, especially on a night like Monday when Hadyn Herlocker ended with 10 assists.

Anna Hignight and Sarah Derrick each led Independence with nine points. Coach Herlocker said that McLeod did a great defensive job against Hignight.

Girard (16-5) now faces an epic substate semifinal showdown Thursday night with Pittsburg (17-4), a grudge match that will be played in Coffeyville.

Sedan girls 51, Northeast 40

One bad quarter can often prove fatal in a basketball game and the second quarter proved fatal against the Northeast Vikings in their Class 2A first round substate game with the Blue Devls of Sedan on Monday night.

Northeast led the host 11-10 after one quarter and outscored Sedan 26-25 second half but a 16-3 second quarter gave Sedan too big a cushion.

Freshman guard Kaylee Bogina led Northeast (8-13) with 18 points.

“Overall, we had a good season with our two seniors, Jessica Choate and Kenzi Tims,” Northeast head coach Lori Murphy said. “I look forward to next year and building off what all we accomplished this year.”

Girard girls 65, Independence 47
IND    12  14  18  3  — 47
GHS    19  21  19  6  — 65
INDEPENDENCE (47) — Anna Hignight 9, Sarah Derrick 9, Jordan Sutton 6, KasiDee Cox 6, Tyra Welch 4, Kylie Ewing 4, Beth Yakshaw 4, Abbi Groff 3, Dalice Coda 2.
GIRARD (65) — Hadyn Herlocker 25, Hope McLeod 10, Danica Kelly 10, Jordan Davied 9, Carly Heatherly 8, Hannah Jones 3.