OSWEGO — The Girard Trojans started off the 2016 calendar year on the right note as they blew out the Oswego Indians 54-30 on Tuesday night’s road game.
Ashley Ray and Calea Augustine each had 14 points, while Olivia Hanson put up 12 points to lead the Trojans.
“I think it was a matter of what do we do here,” said Girard head coach Brad Herlocker on his post game show with KKOW. “But then Olivia did a good job of helping us get back into it and we did well in the second quarter.”
With the victory, the Trojans improved to 4-1 for the season.
A basket and a block by Ray gave the Trojans an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter.
Ray would score eight points to help Girard take a 21-9 lead with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
Despite the powerful surge in the first quarter, Herlocker thought they could’ve done better, adding that his team improved in the second quarter.
“I felt like we got off to a slow start, but we settled down and had a great second quarter,” Herlocker said.
The Trojans built on to their lead at the start of the second quarter.
Ray’s 12 points made it 35-9, Girard.
The Trojans’ run ended at 16-0 when Oswego scored from the inside.
Girard used a quick start to the second half to take a 44-14 lead and Olivia Hanson scored from the inside soon after.
Kinzi Taylor hit a 3-pointer for the Indians.
Oswego scored consecutive trips, as 3-pointers began to rain for the Indians.
The Trojans did not give up their lead, as Girard had a 30-point advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Ramsey scored the final basket for the Indians, but the Trojans would still go on to win by 14 points.
“If the kids play like we can, we can have a really special defense,” Herlocker said. “It’s just a matter of doing the little things. Those things can make you great. We’re not there yet, but it’s still early in the season. We will need to improve if we want to win on Friday night.”
Taylor scored eight points for the Indians, while Madison Sheddrick put up five.
Brianna Vail had four.
The Trojans will next face Prairie View at home on Friday night.
“We have to get better each and every timeout and do the little things and if we do that, we’ll be great at the end of the year,” Herlocker said.
Girard boys stay perfect
Laike Damman scored 18 points as the Girard Trojans continued their undefeated start to the season by cruising per the Oswego Indians 59-20 Tuesday night.
With the win, the Trojans improved to 5-0 for the season.
“We were talking about how we created our own energy early on and we did,” said Girard head coach Brad Wescott. “We were a little rusty at times but I’m glad of the way we played. We’ve worked hard.”
Drew Davied scored 10 points, while Eric Wilson had seven for the night and Junior Lindbloom would score six points.
The Indians were led by Shawn Riley, who scored eight points.
Elijah Elliot scored four points and David McBrien had two.
Kyler Dreiling scored the early basket for the Indians.
Damman’s five points in the opening minutes helped the Trojans take an 11-4 lead.
Dammon almost made it a double-digit lead, but the Trojans ended the first quarter with a 15-6 advantage after his layup attempt didn’t fall through.
The Trojans jumped out to a 9-0 run to start the second quarter, forcing the Indians into a timeout.
A Davied jump shot made it 28-6.
Elliot scored his first basket of the game to end the Trojans run at 16-0, with Girard still leading 30-8.
The Trojans ended the first half with a commanding lead.
Damman scored off a scoop lay in to begin the second half for the Trojans.
It wasn’t long before the Trojans took a 37-17 lead in the third quarter.
The Trojans hit a wide-open layup and the third quarter ended with the Trojans leading 43-19.
Dakota Lopez scored his first two 3-pointers of the game, all within a minute of each other, in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans didn’t deter at all and held on for their first win in 2016.
Girard may be undefeated but Wescott said that it’s all about taking it one game at a time.
“We’re trying to take it one game at a time.” Wescott said. “Everyone likes to look down the road but we need to focus one game at a time. We have to continue to strive.”
Girard’s next challenge will be on Friday night at home against Prairie View.
“(Oswego) is pretty young and we took advantage at different times,” Wescott said. “We’ll know how good we are on Friday night. It’ll be good to be back at home.”
Michael Bauer is a sports reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter at @michaeljohn391.