By Bill Bray
Monday night the Lady Giants took their show to the unfriendly confines of Sandusky High School and escaped with their sixth straight victory of the season 47-38.
24 hours later, at the “Purple Pit” the Little Giant boys had a successful home opener as they disposed of Sandusky Perkins 75-58.
The ladies got out to a fast start in the opening quarter hitting for 18 points. They outscored the Streaks by nine points. Hannah Sheidler connected with a three pointer and finished the opening quarter with five points.
The Little Giant scoring dropped off during the second stanza scoring just six points. Ross took a 24-15 lead into the break.
During third quarter action the physical play of the Streaks helped them to an 11-7 scoring lead. Sandusky was sent to the line six times during the quarter. Ross was sent to the line five times during the whole contest. Favoritism? Maybe so, but then again purple does not go well amongst all the blue that resides in the city by the lake.
The Streaks continued to try to whittle away at the score, but the Lady Giants held their ground and came away with the nine-point victory. It was their sixth win against no losses.
“I was proud of the girls for keeping their poise down the stretch,” coach Juan Vela said. We were up one and Hannah hit a big three for us from the corner to go up four in the fourth quarter. The girls rebounded the ball well in the fourth quarter.”
Vela agreed that the win was less than easy. “It certainly was an ugly win. But we were glad that it was a good ugly.”
The scoring leaders for the Giants were Destiny Robinson with 14 and Hannah Sheider with 11 points.
Thursday will be the final game for the Ladies in the “Purple Pit”. A brand new, shiny gym awaits them after Christmas break. But first they need to get their seventh game against TRAC opponent Central Catholic, a team the ladies have never beaten in a conference game.
Tuesday night in the “Purple Pit” the Ross boys were finally at full strength. Ayden Carter and company were more than exciting to watch perform. After a loss to Toledo Whitmer last week, the Giants wanted to make a statement and indeed they did. A 42-point first half left the Pirates reeling. Carter, a junior and playing after sitting out the Whitmer game because of a sore back, was one of three that nailed a shot from beyond the arc. Carter Rodriguez and Jaedyn Bulger added threes as well as Ross took an 18-10 first quarter lead. Carter proved that he was equally effective in the paint as the talented junior brought the Ross fans to their feet with two thunderous dunks. Always a momentum builder and crowd pleaser. ““Having him out handling the ball helps,” coach John Cahill said after the first win of the season. Another pair of threes by Carter and Rodriguez in the second quarter helped build a 42-point first half. A 19-point advantage that Perkins never recovered from led the Giants to their initial win.
“I thought we played really good basketball until the fourth quarter,” Cahill added. “We just got kind of sluggish. I like these guys a lot and it’s almost like we are finally getting to the point that the season should be starting,” Cahill added. “With injuries in football we’ve just been playing catch up a lot. We had all 10 guys yesterday at practice and we had all 10 playing tonight. We’ll continue working to get better.”
The scoresheet showed that Carter matched Perkins’ Jayden Rowe as the game’s top scorer with 19 points. Ross had three more players in double figures including Rodriguez with 14, Bulger with 11 and Anthony Vann with 10.
The Little Giants are back on the road Friday travelling to Oregon Clay for their second TRAC match up.