With a blowout and a miraculous comeback victory in the Ravenna district the Garfield lady G-Men basketball team won their second district title in three years.
With Jekyl and Hyde performances they’ll head back to Cuyahoga Falls on their way to making more program history.
Last Wednesday the Lady G-Men avenged last year’s upset loss with a blowout victory over Brookfield. Leading wire-to-wire, Garfield never gave the Warriors a chance, with smothering defense and sharp shooting. After a Grayson Rose free throw early in the game the Lady G-Men took a 3-0 lead. Brookfield would make a basket to cut it to a single point and that’s as close as the Warriors would come. Garfield would score the next six points on back-to-backTaylor Brown layups and a Rose basket before Brookfield called a timeout to draw up a play, stop the bleeding and cut the deficit to 9-4 which was immediately answered by a Callie Pfile 3-pointer to start another run. Garfield scored 26 unanswered points before Brookfield made a jumper as time expired in the first half. When asked before the game on his team’s focus, head coach Aaron Gilbert said, “I haven’t had to say anything, these girls know what happened last year they’re the ones that wanted this rematch.” 371 days earlier the Brookfield Warriors upset Garfield in the same setting, Rose and company was not about to let that happen again. The numbers don’t lie and a 64-22 victory in a game, wasn’t even that close. It was a total team effort as the Lady G-Men racked up 19 assists, led by Lauren Jones with seven and Nina Jurcevic with five. Garfield also tallied 11 steals, led by Jones’ four; Ashlyn Geddes and Pfile added three steals each. Of the 43 rebounds, Rose grabbed 14 while junior Makenna Lawrence hauled in 10. Rose and Jones led the scoring with 21 and 13, but Brown’s 10 points were instrumental in the Lady G-Men getting off to a quick start.
The win propelled Garfield to a district championship match up with the Champion Golden Flashes on a bright Saturday afternoon. Garfield uncharacteristically fell behind and fell behind fast. After the Lady G-Men took a 5-0 lead, it was all Golden Flashes the rest of the first half. Garfield was outscored 6-0 to end the first quarter, and midway through the second quarter Garfield trailed 21-7 but “The Rose Show” was just about to begin. After getting just two points in the first quarter the senior scored five of her team’s last six points in the second quarter to close the gap to 21-15.
Champion didn’t hesitate to start the second half with a layup and a free throw. Now trailing 24-15 the Lady G-Men made their run, and didn’t stop. Garfield got to within one, 24-23, on a Jones 3-pointer from the top of the key, and then took the lead for good on another Jones 3-pointer 28-27. When the smoke had cleared, the Lady G-Men were leading 35-29 after a 20-point burst in the third quarter. Far from done, the Lady G-Men played like champions in the fourth quarter, out scoring the Golden Flashes 20-10 on their way to cutting down the nets with a 55-39 romp over Champion. No question as to Rose leading the way with her game high 23 points and 23 rebounds while adding three assists and a steal. Jones added a great performance of her own, with 19 points, six boards, two assists and a pair of steals.
Garfield will travel to Cuyahoga Falls Wednesday to play Youngstown Ursuline in the regional semifinal. Ursuline knocked off the third ranked team in the state to advance.
This year’s Lady G-Men squad has now set the school mark for single season wins (22) and wins in a four year span with 66. They’re not done yet.