BY NICK CORN
Girard traveled to Labette County Friday night, and while both games were close, the Trojans weren’t able to pull out a victory in either game. In the girls’ game, Girard started out hot and gained a five-point advantage early on, but the Lady Grizzlies came roaring back and held a lead late in the first, but two straight baskets from Girard gave the Lady Trojans a 20-17 advantage. Ashley Ray came out strong, scoring nine points in the quarter.
A Megan Gray trey in the second gave the Lady Trojans another five-point lead, but Labette was able to trim the lead down to one point before Olivia Hanson made two free throws at the end of the half. Girard led 33-30 going into the break.
A basket from Ray gave Girard a seven-point lead early in the third, but once again Labette kept fighting, many times bringing the game within one point. Still, every time it got close, the Lady Trojans would answer back, until LCHS took the lead after a steal and near half court shot went in as the third quarter expired. The Lady Grizzlies took a 50-49 lead heading into the fourth, and they wouldn’t lose it. Girard found themselves down by seven points early early in the quarter, and it was their turn to battle back. And they did. A quick 6-0 Lady Trojan run brought the game within one, but Girard was never able to get over the hump. LCHS sunk four late free throws to put the game out of reach, winning 70-62. Ashley Ray led Girard with 18 points, while Hanson and Calea Augustin scored 10 a piece. Tristan Gegg of Labette led both teams with 24 points, and Erica Gartner added 17 for the Lady Grizzlies.
Boys lose a close one
In the first four minutes of the boys’ game, it seemed another high-scoring affair was going to happen, but both teams scoring output slowed down. Laike Damman started the game off with a trey, and another from Eric Wilson minutes later gave the Trojans an early 8-5 lead. Both teams traded baskets after that, and Labette held a 15-14 lead after the first. It would be the highest scoring quarter for both teams. In the second, LCHS was able to take their biggest lead of the game at 21-17, but a 6-0 Girard run fueled by two free throws apiece from Damman and Drew Davied, along with a Davied layup, put the Trojans back in favor. Another trifecta from Damman extended Girard lead to four late in the half, but it was answered by a Grizzly three of their own. Girard’s held 26-25 advantage heading into intermission.
After falling behind by two points early in the third, a trey from Davied gave Girard the lead, but it wouldn’t be spread further than three points, the Grizzlies took it back with a bucket before the end of the third. Heading into the final quarter, Labette led 38-37.
The basket really shrunk for the Trojans in the fourth, as they were only able to score seven points. After two Garrett Bailey free throws gave Girard a 44-43 lead with 1:45 left in the game, a Labette three with 1:00 to go sunk the Trojans, and LCHS went on to win 49-44.
Davied led Girard with 16 points, and Wilson scored 13.
Next week, both teams will host Frontenac on Tuesday to begin CNC play.
LADY TROJANS 62, LCHS 70
GHS 20 13 16 13 FINAL 62
LCHS 17 13 20 20 70
GIRARD: Ray 18, Augustin 10, Hanson 10, Crain 8, Murphy 7, Leslie 4, Gray 3, Herlocker 2
Three-pointers: Augustin 1, Gray 1, Crain 1
TROJANS 44, LCHS 49
GHS 14 12 11 7 FINAL 44
LCHS 15 10 13 11 49
GIRARD: Davied 16, Wilson 13, Damman 8, Green 4, Bailey 3
Three-pointers: Damman 2, Davied 1, Wilson 1