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Morning Sun
  • Girard splits two with Riverton

  • Hadyn Herlocker scored 24 points and the Girard Trojans dismantled the Riverton Rams 56-13 on Homecoming night to improve to 11-3 for the season and 3-0 in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League.

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  • Hadyn Herlocker scored 24 points and the Girard Trojans dismantled the Riverton Rams 56-13 on Homecoming night to improve to 11-3 for the season and 3-0 in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League.
    “The girls, each night, have progressed better while coming out of the gate,” said Girard head coach Brad Herlocker. “This is no exception tonight. We were clicking on all cylinders. Defensively, we overwhelmed them and in the second quarter we really settled down and hit the easy shots.”
    The Trojans took control right from the start, going to an 11-0 lead before a free throw by Addison Berry gave the Rams their first basket of the night, which didn’t come until 2:43 in the first quarter. MacKenzie Dunbar scored the first field goal for Riverton a minute later.
    Girard poured on the points in the second quarter, scoring 30 points. Twenty-two of Herlocker’s total points came in the first half.
    It may have been a comfortable lead for the Trojans throughout the game, but the first half was plagued by fouls from both teams. There were 14 fouls alone heading into the second quarter, eight from Girard and six from Riverton.
    “I felt like we were reaching and they were valid fouls,” Herlocker said. “I preached to the girls to move their feet, not their hands and in the second quarter we did a much better job of that.”
    The Trojans were able to capitalize off of Riverton’s fouls while the Rams struggled from the line.
    “We spend a lot of time on free throws because we make them important,” Herlocker said. “Year in, year out we usually are a good free throw shooting team.”
    The Trojans cruised to a 20-point lead with 6:58 left in the second. It became 34-8 three minutes later.
    A stolen inbounds pass by the Trojans turned into a field goal by Herlocker, en route to a 48-11 halftime lead.
    Hope McLeod scored 12 points and Ashley Johnson had seven.
    Macy Williams was the leading scorer for the Rams with four points.
    The only highlight for the Rams was their rebounds as they dominated off the boards, going 40 while the Trojans had 21.
    “Riverton does a good job, they usually are a good rebounding team,” Herlocker said. “They were missing their main post tonight so that helped us out some but I thought the girls did an excellent job of boxing out and crashing the offensive boards and getting some easy baskets.”
    The Trojans will next turn their attention to the St. Marys Colgan Panthers on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in what surely promises to be a barnburner in Pittsburg.
    “Colgan’s going to be a tough game, they are a good team,” Herlocker said. “It’s a tough place to play at so we’re going to have to bring our A game to be in the ball game. I’m looking forward to it.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Riverton boys 64, Girard 49
    The Girard Trojans could not hang on to the Riverton Rams in the second half, losing 64-49 for their third straight loss.
    Both teams kept it close throughout the game and while Girard’s Drew Davied had a spectacular night, scoring 16 points, the Rams had an answer for everything the Trojans threw at them in the third and fourth quarters.
    “I’m pleased with our effort. We played hard tonight,” said Girard head coach Rod Wescott. “But we have to play a little bit harder. Defensively, we let them get going a little bit better than what we needed and we need to find shooters a little better than what we did. Riverton’s got a nice team they have a lot of things to look forward to but I think we do as well.”
    It was a momentum shifter between the two clubs in the first half. Trailing shortly after tip off, the Trojans went on a 7-1 run to take a two-point lead. Girard would make it 15-9, thanks to a 3-pointer by David at the end of the first quarter as time expired.
    With a 20-13 lead, 6:23 before halftime, the Rams found their way back, after an outside shot. The Trojans went up 29-26 when Devin Alters made a 3-pointer but Landon North of Riverton was quick to answer back with his own outside shot to tie the game. A free throw by the Rams gave them a one-point lead at intermission and they would not look back the rest of the night.
    North finished with 23 points while Grant North had 18 of his own.
    Wescott was pleased by how his team played in the first half, but fouls did their part to hurt the Trojans, causing limited playing time for some players.  
    “First half, it was good basketball,” Wescott said. “We played well, they played well, and we got into a little foul trouble with kids who usually play a lot.”
    At one point the Trojans had three freshmen on the court in the first half.
    “Going into halftime down by one, I was actually pretty pleased with where we were,” Wescott said. “However, we came back out, our kids were in foul trouble and picked one up pretty quick.”
    One of those players was Cody Grilz. The 6-foot tall senior may have finished the night with seven points but could not get more due to foul troubles.
    “We never were able to get Grilz in the game too much,” Wescott said. “It was a tough night for him. Cody’s one of our defensive stoppers when he’s not in the game, it’s noticeable. We did the best we could tonight. Hopefully we learn some mistakes and continue to get better.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Trenton Stolte had eight points but also saw little playing time for the same reason as Grilz.
    The Trojans (6-8) will next face-off against St. Mary’s Colgan this Tuesday.

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