Girard showcases scoring in 67-35 win over Mathews

GIRARD — The Girard Indians have a number of weapons on their roster this season and they showcased them Saturday afternoon at home against Mathews.

Four players scored in double figures and the Indians came back from an early deficit to crush the Mustangs 67-35.

“We rotated in nine players, so that we had fresh legs,” Girard coach Andrew Saxon said. “We wanted to uptempo the game. Play baseline-to-baseline. Trap them. Press them. Make them handle the ball full court. I think we tired them out a little bit in that second quarter.”

Brooke Bauer scored 6 points, in the opening quarter, and Ava Clayton made a hook-shot, in the lane, as Mathews led 12-11 heading to the second.

Blyss Brunstetter nailed a pair of 3-pointers, and the Mustangs built a 19-15 advantage, before things fell apart. Girard went on a 24-2 run, to close out the first half, and took a 39-21 lead to halftime.

“It’s been the tale of our season,” Mathews coach Steve Sponsler said. “We game plan really well. We come out and execute. Then, the shots stop falling. That translates into us not getting back on defense. We play everybody tough for a quarter or two. We need to be mentally stronger.”

The Indians had nice ball movement after junior Allison Durkin (12 points) stole the ball. Durkin scored 6 points in a row as Girard started rolling.

“It’s a really good win for us,” Durkin said. “We came off of a loss on Monday night. We wanted to win today. The first quarter wasn’t strong for us. We figured it out in the second. We came together, and played as a family.”

Senior Seyhan Dede completed an and-one. Then, junior Sieasia Triplett (game-high 17 points) began to show off her talent. Triplett canned a pair of jumpers before drilling one from downtown at the halftime buzzer.

“We came out slow,” Triplett said. “But, we came together as a team. We practice those buzzer beaters all of the time. I knew I was going to make one someday. It was my first 3-pointer of the year. I just went for it.”

Dede delivered a nice assist to Durkin, who finished plus the foul. Senior Madison Logue pulled down a handful of rebounds. Triplett continued putting the ball in the basket and the Indians clamped down on defense.

Bri Gregory made one, from behind the arc, to finally get Mathews (6-8) on the board with 1:30 left in the third. Girard was up 54-26 heading to the fourth.

“I told them the intensity had to pick up,” Saxon said. “You gotta get in their faces. You gotta deny wing passes. We were making it too easy for them to run their offense early on. We started forcing turnovers, and made it a little more difficult for them.”

Makenzie White scored 7 of her 13 points in the fourth as she was a force down low. Sophomore Mia Malito (12 points) hustled on both ends of the court as the Indians improved to 7-5 on the season.

“We played really well after the first quarter,” Malito said. ” We really focused on defense. We were pressing them. We were passing the ball. We came together as a team to get the win.”



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