GIRARD — The Girard girls’ basketball team didn’t have the consistency near the basket on offense they would like Tuesday against Parsons, but a strong second half led the Trojan girls to a 47-32 win over the Vikings.
Girard’s defense was strong throughout the game, but the Trojan girls struggled to put the ball in the basket with open looks early in the contest. After building a double-digit lead by halftime, the Trojans came out strong in each of the third and fourth periods to put their stamp on the momentum.
“I felt like our girls brought the defense all night long,” Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. “They did a nice job overall against the Vikings.”
Coming off an emotional win Saturday evening against Fredonia to capture the Wilson County Classic Championship, a letdown from the Trojan girls could be expected. Girard was able to weather the storm and get the win, improving their record to 11-1 on the season.
“Saturday night was a pretty emotional game,” Herlocker said. “When there is a lot of emotion in a game, you spend a lot of energy. I think we saw that tonight. We came out and shots that are usually pretty routine, weren’t falling tonight.”
The duo of Ashley Ray and Sydnee Crain dominated on both ends of the floor for the Trojan girls.
Ray finished the night with 19 points to lead the Trojans, 13 of which came in the second half to help Girard establish themselves on the offensive end.
Ray came out and scored the first three baskets of the third quarter to build the Girard lead to 16-point advantage, which they maintained well in the second half of play.
“Ashley, we’re always looking to get her established,” Herlocker said. “I felt like we did a good job of that at the start of the second half.”
Crain had 16 points in the win, but had her most meaningful impact on the defensive side of the ball, harassing the Viking girls into several turnovers which led to easy baskets going the other way.