By Camden McFarland
On a special night for Girard’s seniors, the Trojans split with St. Mary’s-Colgan after the Lady Trojans earned a 60-55 victory and the boys fell with a final score of 43-47.
During the first half of the girls’ game, Girard and Colgan appeared to be a very even matchup but this would later change.
In the first quarter, the Lady Trojans’ steady offense scored 18 points, but Colgan stayed right there alongside them and scored 18 also.
Each team’s consistency returned in the second quarter as they each managed to add 10 to the scoreboard.
As the second half arrived, Girard continued to drive and began pulling away from the Panthers.
The Lady Trojans managed to outscore Colgan 17-12 in the third quarter to finally establish a lead.
Girard protected this five-point lead at all costs throughout the fourth quarter, and rightfully earned the 60-55 victory as a result.
Sydnee Crain was Girard’s main offensive force, as she scored 29 points in the face of the Panthers. Sophomore Brittley Bailey also made her way into double-digits with 11 solo points.
This victory pushed the Lady Trojans’ overall record this season to 11-7 and league record to 3-2.
Between the girls’ and boys’ games, Girard’s senior winter athletes were recognized. Those recognized included Jaylynn Blythe, dance team; Cierra Brumback, cheer; April Craddock, cheer; Sydnee Crain, basketball; Sydney Crapson, cheer; Brett Ferguson, basketball; Ethan Goff, basketball; Jaylynn Jenkins, dance team; Jacey Murphy, basketball; Alanis Swift, dance team; and Camryn Towner, dance team.
On the boys’ side, Girard and Colgan once again appeared to be evenly-matched but this game came down to critical execution.
The Panthers and Trojans kept each other honest throughout the first quarter and ended up being tied at nine points heading into the second quarter.
During the second quarter, Girard and Colgan remained neck-and-neck but the Trojans managed to grab a one-point lead before the half ended.
Colgan took the game into their hands as the third quarter arrived and stole the lead by outscoring Girard 14-10.
Trailing by just three points, the Trojans refused to back down and came out fighting in the fourth quarter.
As the clock winded down, Girard was within arm’s reach of the victory but could not stunt Colgan’s offense.
After a shot by Caleb Muia to tie the game was said to be a charge, the Panthers proceeded to score once more and the final score was brought to 47-43.
Girard’s Ethan Goff gave an impressive performance throughout the night, scoring 24 individual points. Muia’s movement was restricted by Colgan’s defense but he still managed to score nine points.
This loss moved Girard’s overall record to 13-5, but it was their first loss versus a CNC team.
The Trojans’ next games will be on the road Tuesday, Feb. 20, against the Riverton Rams in the final league matchups of the season.