Young Flashes handle Girard

CHAMPION — The Golden Flashes of Champion High School continued their winning ways Saturday with a big 67-37 win over the Girard Indians.

From the opening tip, everything was coming up Flashes, with Champion holding a 20-6 point differential in the first quarter.

The youth for Champion drove the offense, with the underclassmen combining for 40 total points. Sophomore Allison Smith (18) and freshman Emma Gumont (13) equaled 31 points, with Smith putting up seven in the first quarter to lead the team in scoring.

“The way that we’re at right now, being young, we have a lot of growth to go — our intensity, especially defensively, checking out, getting rebounds,” Champion coach Michael Cole said. “We want to fly up and down the court. You can’t do that without getting stops, we had a nice job doing stops today and getting the rebounds, and just getting out and going.”

Girard did not have a player eclipse the double-digit point mark. The closest was senior Olivia Ciminero with nine, all of which came in the first half. Following her up were Sophia Strollo (8) and Samantha Cave (6).

Girard (2-8, 1-5 All-American Conference, Blue Tier) looks to end their five-game losing streak at home against Columbiana Crestview. The Golden Flashes (7-1, 5-1) head to Maplewood to face the Rockets and try to continue their five-game winning streak and pull ahead of the competition in the AAC Blue.

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