After the first quarter, it appeared that the Girard Trojans were in control of their game with Webb City at John Lance Arena Thursday night.

After the first quarter, it appeared that the Girard Trojans were in control of their game with Webb City at John Lance Arena Thursday night.
But, it came down to a pair of Tanner Poppe free-throws with :2.3 seconds remaining to give the Trojans a 44-43 win over the Cardinals.
Girard (11-1), behind the shooting of Johnny Webb and Darian Kelly, mounted an 10-0 run towards the end of the first quarter to take a 14-7 lead.
Webb and Kelly combined for eight of the Trojans’ 10 points during the run.
“I thought we played with a lot of energy in the first quarter,” said GHS head coach Rod Wescott. “We did not have a lot of practice time.”
With school being canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, both Girard and Webb City (8-9) had just one day of practice this week.
“We were shooting shots that were makable for us,” said Cardinals’ head coach David Sherer.
Poppe started to use his muscle inside to score five of the Trojans first seven points of the fourth to cut the Webb City lead to 35-32 with 4:37 left in the game.
“I thought we were getting to the right spots but, we didn’t seem to have our legs under us when we were shooting,” Wescott said.
Then, Girard guard Eric Strukel nailed a long three point goal from the wing to tie the game.
Later, as Webb held a two-point lead, Trey Laveroni, the Cardinals’ leading scorer, picked up his fifth foul and Poppe was only hit one of two free-throws to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 41-40 with 1:08 left to play.
A goaltend by Graham kept the lead at one with just :31.6 remaining.
On the inbound play, Austin Lepper attempted a long pass that was intercepted by Strukel. But, on the subsequent play, Poppe turned the ball over, then Webb City could not connect.
“Trey fouled out and he usually takes the ball out,” Sherer said. “He [Lepper] saw an opening and we made the wrong cut.”
Poppe atoned for the earlier turnover after he was fouled by Lepper and hit both free-throws, giving the Trojan a 44-43 lead with :2.3 remaining.
But, after the first quarter, the Cardinals started to mount a comeback.
Parker Graham put the Cardinals up top for the first time, 24-22, since early in the first quarter with a pair of free-throws and an uncontested lay-up at the 4:08 mark of the third.
But, Graham collected his fourth foul of the game and had to sit the bench over a minute later.
Girard went cold from the field as they failed to connect from the field until J.D. Heatherly buried a three point goal with 2:01 left to cut the Webb City lead to 26-25.
It was the only field goal the Trojans got in the third as the Cardinals held a 30-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“What we did in the second and third quarter just showed that we have not been on the floor very much this week,” Wescott said.
While Girard shot 40 percent from the field in the first half, their percentage took a dip in the second half and wound up shooting just under 30 percent for the game.
“I don’t think we played badly but we did not shoot the ball very well at all,” Wescott said. “We just did the little things to get a win.”

Webb City 63-44
The Girard girl’s basketball team accounted for zero offensive rebounds in the first half and shot just a shade over 20 percent from the field as the Webb City Cardinals picked up a 63-44 win.
The Cardinals (16-2) jumped out to a 16-2 first quarter lead behind five points from Nicole Hudson before the Trojans started to find some offense.
“They had us outsized at every position,” said GHS head coach Brad Herlocker. “We did not put a body on people in the first half and that hurt.”
Whitney Southard connected on a pair of three point goals for Girard (8-3) to cut the lead before the end of the first quarter.
But, Webb City, behind six of Kaitlin Jaeger’s game-high 21 points, outpaced the Trojans 15-8 in the second quarter to take a 33-16 lead into halftime.
In the first half, the Cardinals outrebounded Girard by a double-digit margin.
“We knew coming in that we were going to have to do a good job on the glass,” said Webb City head coach Brad Shorter. “We did not want to give them any second-chance points.”
The Cardinals were successful at that as they held Girard to no second-chance points in the first half.
In the second half, the Trojans started to chip away as they mounted a 12-4 run to start the third quarter behind six points from Carly Lallemand.
The Trojans did struggle in the fourth quarter by going with out a bucket until Carly Twarog hit a jumper at the 3 minute, 12 second mark of the fourth.
Girard did close out the game going 6 of 8 from the free-throw line and Southard dropped in a three point goal to close out the game.
For the game, the Trojans shot just over 30 percent from the field. Morgan Boore led the Trojans with 12 points and Southard had 11 while Twarog scored 10.
“You can make a lot of excuses for shooting,” Herlocker said. “Some nights you shoot well and other you don’t. You just hope that the nights you don’t, you aren’t playing Webb City.”

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Webb City girls 63, Girard 44
GIRARD (44) — Morgan Boore 4 4-4 12, Whitney Southard 4 0-2 11, Carly Twarog 4 2-2 10, Carly Lallemand 3 0-0 6, Tessa Westhoff 1 1-2 3, Kenzie Dunlap 1 0-0 2, Kylie Kunshek 0 0-2 0. Totals: 17 7-12 44.
WEBB CITY (63) — Kaitlin Jaeger 9 3-4 21, Nicole Hudson 5 2-2 13, Hailey Roderique 6 1-1 13, Sharenda Campbell 1 4-6 6, Sammy Stroud 2 0-0 4, Breanna Baker 1 0-0 2, Angel Obert 1 0-0 2, Lauren Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 10-13 63.
Girard     8     8   17   11 — 44
Webb    18   15  15   15 — 63
3-point goals — Girard 3 (Southard 3), Webb City 1 (Hudson 1). Turnovers — Girard 21, Webb City 20. Total fouls — Girard 10, Webb City 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.
Girard boys 44, Webb City 43
GIRARD (44) — Tanner Poppe 3 6-8 12, Darian Kelly 5 2-6 12, Johnny Webb 5 0-0 10, J.D. Heatherly 2 2-2 7, Eric Strukel 1 0-0 3. Totals: 20 10-16 44
WEBB CITY (43) — Trey Laveroni 5 2-2 12, Patrick Drake 3 4-4 11, Austin Lepper 3 0-0 7, Parker Graham 2 2-5 6, Austin Daniel 2 0-0 5, Hunter Luna 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 8-11 43.
Girard    14   6    5   19 — 44
Webb     9    9   12  13 — 43
3-point goals — Girard 2 (Strukel, Heatherly 1), Webb City 3 (Drake, Daniel, Lepper 1). Turnovers — Girard 12, Webb City 12. Total fouls — Girard 12, Webb City 17. Fouled out — Laveroni. Technical fouls — none.