Gardiner girls, boys beat Ennis on Friday night

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, December 23, 2019

The Gardiner basketball teams picked up wins on Friday as they travelled to Ennis. The boys won handily and the girls edged out a hard-fought victory.

 

Girls

The Lady Bruins were in a close game from start to finish, but prevailed in the end, winning by four, 35-31.

Gardiner saw a first quarter lead slip away from them as they were outscored 8-6 in the second quarter to trail by one at the half.

Ennis extended their lead in the third quarter, before Gardiner came storming back in the fourth. The Lady Bruins outscored Ennis 12-5 in the fourth to secure the win.

Sophia Darr scored six of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter to fuel the victory. Josie Thomas added seven points while Alexis McDonald had six.

Gardiner head coach Schalene Darr said the Lady Bruins’ win comes down to hard work.

“The girls worked hard to apply pressure to the ball,” coach Darr said. “But also to have confidence that they could win the game down the stretch.”

Darr said she was proud of her team’s resiliency on their way to winning their second straight game before their brief break.

“It would have been easy to fall apart and let it go, but they left it all on the floor,” she said. “So proud of them to get these two wins before the Christmas break.

 

Boys

The Bruins played a strong team game on their way to a 26-point blowout of Ennis.

Elijah Byrd found success in multiple aspects of the game. He finished with 16 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Luke Stermitz led the Bruins with a strong showing on offense, totaling 21 points and four rebounds.

Favian Hudson notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Gardiner coach Brad Harbach said he was happy with the way his team played allaround.

“I was pleased with our effort on both sides of the ball,” Harbach said. “We had moments where we played outstanding team defense and remained patient and moved well without the ball on the offensive side.”

Harbach added that there were times when the Bruins got ahead of themselves which resulted in mistakes.

“We also had moments where we rushed our offense a little bit and made some poor decisions, resulting in open looks and easy points for Ennis,” he said.

Heading into the break, Harbach is pleased with where his team currently stands.

“We are improving each game,” he said. “The players are embracing a defensive mindset while becoming more aggressive offensively too. I like what I’m seeing.”

 

Up next

Gardiner isn’t back in action until after the New Year. Their first game after break will be on Jan. 3 at White Sulphur Springs. The girls will play against the Hornets’ JV team at 5:30 p.m. and the boys will play a regular varsity game at 7 p.m.

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