The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76.
Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50.
Garfield opened up a 5-0 lead over Ursuline before the quickness of the guards really started showing and the Irish ended the first quarter on a 17-10 run to take a 17-15 advantage after eight minutes.
Neither team could open up a safe lead over the other but Ursuline opened up its largest lead of the game (15-21) when Ashlyn Geddes stepped up to the wing and drilled the biggest shot of her young career with a 3-pointer that ignited a 9-0 run putting the Lady G-Men up 24-21 with 5:07 remaining in the half. That lead was also short lived as Ursuline ended the half on a 9-4 run to take a 30-28 half time lead.
The second half was all Lady G-Men from beginning to end. 1:30 into the second half, neither team has scored and Ursuline was looking to build on their first half momentum senior guard Callie Pfile stepped in front of a an Irish guard to take a charge and get the ball back. The next possession fellow senior Lauren Jones drains a 3-pointer, 41 seconds later Senior Grayson Rose gets a basket, and the 7-0 run ended with a Pfile jumper giving the Lady G-Men a lead they would not give up.
Garfield outscored the Irish 16-7 in the decisive third quarter and 14-13 in the final quarter. Rose ended the evening with a team high 22 points and 20 rebounds, while Lauren Jones followed with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The regional championship game did not go in Garfield’s favor. It was a 30-point loss to a superior Gilmour team. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men had to stop one of the best young guards in the state on the Ursuline team, on this day they had to try to contain one of the best centers in the state.
Before the popcorn was completed in the first quarter the Lady G-Men was looking at an 8-0 deficit, and quickly it grew to 17-3 but Garfield ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run to trail by nine. From then on it was just making sure it didn’t get out of hand, as the 46 points given up by the Lancers were the most points they have given up since January.
Despite the loss, senior Lauren Jones topped the 1,000 point mark for her career during this game.
Congrats, Lady G-Men, on another fantastic season and thank you, seniors for an unbelievable career.