This Week's Craw-Kan Team of the Week from Southeast Kansas is the Girard High School girls basketball team led by head coach Brad Herlocker.
The Trojans, who moved back up to Class 4A this season, picked up a tournament championship over the weekend at the Wilson County Classic as they improved to 7-4 after Tuesdays CNC win over Baxter. Girard has won the last four games in a row over Bluestem, Fredonia, Cherryvale and Baxter. Girard is one of the most balanced teams in the area led by tournament averaged of Faith Poland at 10.7 ppg, Makaila Ausemus at 8.7, Lilian HOward at 6.7, Brookylyn Tallie at 5.7. Four other players all score at least three per game. Tallie leads the rebounders at 6.7, Droessler at 6.3, Howard at 6.7 with Olivia Cullen and Faith Poland at 4.7. Bailey Troike and Kinley Smith have also added some assists. Girard is deep playing 12 people in their tournament games with eight scoring in the first game, 11 in the second game and nine scoring in the title game.
Coach Herlocker has praised the defense recently as they held teams to 26.6% shooting over the tournament at Wilscon County including 31 percent from two and 12 percent from three pointer. The unit forced 22 turnovers and averaged 19.5 offensive rebounds per game vs. 11 per opponents.
Girard has been one of the most consistent basketball programs in Southeast Kansas over the last several seasons under Herlocker who led the school to its first ever state title in any sport in March of 2017 as the Trojans won the 4A-II state title.
The Lady Trojans are back in action this Friday against rival CNC program St. Mary's Colgan on the road.
Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2019-2020 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" for the sixth consecutive season.
"I am looking forward to this partnership again for another year with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network, it's became quite the popular feature over the last five years," said Sports in Kansas CEO, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg. It's also going to several other areast in Southeast Kansas”
"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."
Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter.
Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL, plus Erie, Pittsburg and Parsons.
Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up.
How to nominate?