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  • Girard girls win tough road game in Columbus

  • The Girard Trojan girls seized the lead in the fourth quarter and made enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for a 54-50 win Tuesday night against Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League newcomer Columbus.

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  • The Girard Trojan girls seized the lead in the fourth quarter and made enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for a 54-50 win Tuesday night against Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League newcomer Columbus.
    “It was a very hard-fought, back-and-forth ball game,” Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. “Both teams played very hard down stretch. In fourth quarter, we were able to get lead and hold on with foul shooting. Kids showed a lot of character down the stretch on the road and on not one of our better shooting nights, finding a way to win against a very well-coached, hard-nosed basketball team.”
    Girard seniors Hadyn Herlocker and Hope McLeod especially proved tough at the free throw line — Herlocker 6-for-8 and McLeod 3-5, helping Girard score 17 fourth quarter points.
    Hadyn Herlocker led Girard with 16 points. McLeod and Carly Heatherly scored matching nine totals. Interior players Ashley Johnson, Hannah Jones, MaCahla Leslie and Morgan Herlocker combined for 14 points.
    Girard (6-2) hosts a tough Fort Scott team (4-4) on Friday night.
    GIR 10 15 12 17 — 54
    COL 11 12 15 11 — 50
    GIRARD (54) — Hadyn Herlocker 16, Carly Heatherly 9, Hope McLeod 9, Hannah Jones 4, Ashley Johnson 4, MaCahla Leslie 4, Jordan Ivey 3, Jenna Schroeder 3, Morgan Herlocker 2.
    COLUMBUS (50) — Katrina Froebe 15, Maddie Evans 12, Lauren Anderson 8, Olivia Murdock 6, Tera Spear 5, Marissa Thompson 4.
    Nevada boys 65, Colgan 53
    NEVADA, Mo. — In a role-reversal of sorts, Colgan lost a 27-25 halftime lead in the second half, as the Tigers of Nevada parlayed a 21-8 third quarter advantage into a 14-point win Tuesday night.
    The Panthers trailed 13-6 after one quarter and made a second quarter surge of 21-12 to gain a 27-25 halftime lead.
    Eventually, Colgan did not have enough offensive firepower to match the performances of Silas Smith and Jamin Brandt. Smith led all scorers with 24 points and Brandt added 20.
    Plus, in a physical ballgame, Nevada made 21-26 free throws, Colgan 9-11, a 12-point difference in free throws for a game decided by 12 points.
    Austin Commons led Colgan with a career-high 20 points and Dyson Dechant added 13. Luke Marquardt was the only other Colgan player above three with his six points. Five Colgan players scored two points apiece.
    Colgan (5-2, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A) returns to action Friday night at home against the Wichita Defenders.
    SMC 6 21 8 18 — 53
    NEV 13 12 21 19 — 65
    COLGAN (53) — Austin Commons 20, Dyson Dechant 13, Luke Marquardt 6, V.J. Piccini 3, Ian Duncan 2, Christian Cedeno 2, Conner Dayton 2, C.J. Russell 2, Tieler Commons 2, Grant Cason 1.
    NEVADA (65) — Smith 24, Brandt 20, Ketterman 7, Colopy 6, Mitchell 5, Wolfe 3.
    Pleasanton girls 44, Northeast 32
    PLEASANTON — Despite improved play from blowout losses against Southeast and Frontenac, the young Vikings could not pull out a second Three Rivers League victory, being outscored 21-12 in the fourth en route to a 12-point loss.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We played better than the past two games,” Northeast head coach Scott Post said. “Pleasanton used a full-court man-trapping press. We handled it well many times and then threw the ball away other times. We missed a lot of open looks but I am proud of the effort we put forth. Nobody quit.
    “We gave up too much down the stretch. Our legs were tired and we were without a player due to illness. No excuses. We have to get better. We only shot 7-19 from the free throw line. Turnovers and poor shooting will get you nowhere but we continue to play hard and improve in some areas of our game. We won’t quit and hope to turn the corner soon.”
    Sophomore guard Kaylee Bogina led Northeast with 15 points, on the strength of three 3-point shots and multiple steals which helped Northeast stay in the fight. Jaycie Polhlopek and Jazmin Nunn each added six points.
    Northeast (2-7, 1-1 TRL) faces Riverton on Friday.
    NE 5 8 7 12 — 32
    PL 8 9 6 21 — 44
    NORTHEAST (32) — Kaylee Bogina 15, Jaycie Polhlopek 6, Jazmin Nunn 6, Morgan Maransani 2, Gretchen Mills 2, Kayla Johnston 1.

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