If it had been a first-to-100, backyard basketball game, the Girard Indians and Struthers Wildcats might not have been home in time to catch Jimmy Fallon’s monologue.
Whether it was a problem associated with the first game of the season or just plain poor shooting, both All-American Conference teams struggled mightily to score. The Wildcats registered just six fourth-quarter points, while the Indians managed 12 on their way to a 49-43 win Friday night.
The Indians, who were nearly flawless in scoring 20 points in the first quarter, went cold the rest of the game. They were 18 of 45 from the field, which included a dismal 2-of-16 performance from 3-point territory. Add an 11-of-24 showing from the foul line, and it was probably enough to make Indians coach Craig Hannon call for an 8 a.m. practice today.
“We’re lucky to walk out with a win,” Hannon said. “It’s totally unacceptable, and we have to fix that fast.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.