RIVERTON — In a rough-and-tumble Class 3A Girls Sub-State semifinal showdown at Riverton, the Girard Trojans edged past the Cherryvale Chargers 62-58.
“Tough one to swallow and it's gonna sting for a long time,” Cherryvale head coach Kelsey Overacker said. “Our girls left everything on the floor tonight and we cannot express enough how much we appreciate that as coaches. We came out strong and proved why we should still be considered a top team in this area.”
Jaada Valley paced Girard with 19 points. Freshman point guard Jailee Reister led the Chargers with 16 points.
“Jailee really stepped up and showed very few freshman moments,” Overacker said.
After a back and forth affair, both teams were tied 58-58 with a minute left. Both teams missed a pair of free throws before Girard scored the final four points of the night.
Mariah Monroy, who missed portions of the game after colliding with teammate Morrigan Catlin, was limited to six points. However, she hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute that proved to be Cherryvale’s last points.
Monroy is part of a senior class that also includes Harley Allen, Camdyn Forman and Harley Roegner for Cherryvale.
“They have battled with us the last three years and we could not have asked for a better group of kids,” Overacker said. “The year that they had to go through this year is unfortunate, but they are textbook senior leaders and we will miss the heck out of them.”
Girard will face CNC League foe Frontenac in the sub-state championship.
As for Cherryvale, it finishes the year with a 15-7 record — the senior class won at least 14 games in their last three years after winning only eight as freshmen.
“We have a strong core of kids coming back,” Overacker said. “This hurts bad. But I’m proud of my kids.”
CLASS 3A SUB-STATE
Girard 62, Cherryvale 58
Cherryvale: 17 11 12 18 — 58
Girard: 15 19 9 19 — 62
Cherryvale: Jailee Reister 16, Kelsi Lantz 11, Morrigan Catlin 10, Katie Plumley 9, Mariah Monroy 6, Harley Allen 2, Harley Roegner 2, Jenni Bunyard 2
Girard: Ausemus 5, Valley 19, Tallie 16, Smith 2, Lopez 9, Cullen 9, Senecaut 2