BY KACEY PITTS
GIRARD—Both Trojan’s basketball teams came away with a pair of wins against the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers Friday, Jan. 25 to make for a successful homecoming, with the girls finishing 42-38 and the boys 47-38.
LADY TROJANS RALLY WITH THE PANTHERS
The Lady Trojans started at loss of a successful offense in the first half, but a third-quarter change of momentum turned the game around allowing them to stick a four-point lead.
It wasn’t looking hopeful for the Lady Trojans as they came off their first half behind 13-22.
A stellar offensive performance from Jordanne Ferguson and Kynze Smith led the Trojans to fight back 15 points to the Panthers two, ending the third quarter 28-26.
“In the half-court set, they are better than us and we recognized that,” said Lady Trojans head coach Brad Herlocker. “We pressured them and they were a little shaky. The second half we came out playing old school Trojan basketball: believing in your teammates and working their tails off.”
The Trojans put in their all to hold onto their lead in the fourth. Once again, successful free throws lead the Trojans to victory 42-38.
TROJANS SWEEP THE PANTHERS
After finding their tempo in the second half, the Trojans secured a steady lead based off of offensive strengths from Caleb Muia and Evan Troike.
The Trojans battled
back and forth with St. Mary’s Colgan to trail 7-9 in the first quarter.
On a six-point strength of Muia, the Trojans stumble ahead 22-20 to end the first half. Carter Doherty and Troike also contributed several points and assists to their lead.
Muia puts up three to kick start a shooting spree for the Trojans in the second half. Troike, Caden Lallemand, and Muia contribute to the Trojans; 10-point lead finishing the third quarter 33-23.
“I was pleased with our offensive play and execution this game,” said Trojans head coach Rod Wescott. “I was also pleased with our discipline and Evan Troike’s leadership on the floor tonight.”
As leading scorer for the Trojans, Muia secures the Trojans 47-38 win against St. Mary’s Colgan with two last-minute free throws in the last eight minutes of regulation.