By Bill Bray
TOLEDO – The Lady Giants finished the week with a tough road loss to Conference leading Toledo Central Catholic Lady Irish 62-58. This after a commanding 74-30 win over rival Sandusky Monday evening.
Fremont (6-1), (1-1) came out ready to play as they held the high-powered Irish to 10 first quarter points and 14 second quarter points and took a 27-24 lead at the break.
It was the third quarter that cost the little Giants the game as Central Catholic’s half time adjustments led them to a 23-9 domination during the period.
Just when it looked as though the Irish were on their way to a commanding win Fremont’s Carma Johnson came to life in the fourth quarter.
“When you play a good team, everything matters,” coach Juan Vela said after the tough TRAC battle. “Every step calls for quick anticipation. Their passes are sharp, so you must be quick to the ball. We adjusted but that is where I did a poor job was with the adjustments on a few of their three’s. But they are a good team. That’s why they won the league last year and are picked again this year.”
In the final period, after scoring eight points during the first three quarters, Johnson took the game into her hands. The junior forward connected for 14 points during the final quarter to keep the Giants close. During the action, Johnson saw the mismatch when Lyndi Wolf was out guarding a smaller Central Catholic player. She came out calling Wolf off and almost immediate stole the ball and connected for a basket. Then later in the quarter Johnson was fouled. After the call, an Irish player was hit with a technical sending Johnson to the line. Carma calmly sank all four free throws to put the Giants right back in the game.
It was the total of eleven three-point makes that Ross couldn’t overcome. “I told our girls to keep their heads up, Vela added. It’s just one game and they still must come to our place.” I think we cracked them a little bit. We found what they can do well and what they don’t do well.”
Fremont’s Big Three led the Purple and White as Destiny Robinson and Johnson led with 18 points apiece and Janiah Holmes had 17, despite playing with four fouls the entire fourth quarter, Ross’ only other scorer was Wolf who not only contributed with five points but had some excellent assists as well.
The Ladies welcome Findlay to the Purple Pit Monday evening for another TRAC contest.
GIANT NOTE: Earlier in the week It was never a contest against the Lady Streaks as Ross stormed out to a 22-5 first quarter score.
During the second quarter of play Natalia Alejandro and Janiah Holmes combined for 14 of Fremont’s 20 points as the Lady Giants took a 42-12 lead into the locker room.
Ross had four players in double figures when the lopsided win was history. Destiny Robinson hit her per-game average od 21 points to lead the Giants. Janiah Holmes had 16 points while Carma Johnson and Lyndi Wolf had 10 points apiece.