By Colin Harris | Staff Writer
The Garfield G-Men girls basketball team ended the 2012 calendar year the right way Friday night, pounding Middlefield Cardinal 53-18 in a non-conference contest.
"This is no slam on Cardinal, but our team needed a win like this," Garfield head coach Aaron Gilbert said. "Our girls needed to see that the things we practice can actually work in a real game situation."
Very little did not work for Garfield (4-5 overall) on the evening, as the G-Men stormed out to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Senior guard Jackie Tabor put in nine of her team-high 12 points during the first half and six other players scored as Garfield built a commanding lead on the Huskies.
While the G-Men executed on both sides of the basketball, Cardinal struggled to even hold on to it.
The Huskies committed 13 of their 23 turnovers in the first half as a number of mistakes went the other way for easy Garfield scoring opportunities.
Any sliver of hope Cardinal had of a second half comeback was quickly snuffed out in the third quarter with a 14-1 Garfield scoring edge.
Cardinal could not find the rim until seconds remained in the period when Jess Koches knocked in the front half of two foul shots. By that point, however, Garfield's 21-point halftime lead had ballooned to a 42-8 lead.
Madisson Geddes scored six of her 11 points in the third quarter to lead Garfield and four other G-Men players also found the basket in the period.
While she did not stand out in any one period, freshman forward Alicia Witte turned in a tremendous performance for Garfield.
Witte scored in all four periods to finish with a team-high 12 points, while also pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds -- including four offensive boards.
"Alicia just had a monster game for us tonight," Gilbert said of his freshman post player. "She already does so many things well that you just can't coach."
All told, eight of Garfield's 10 varsity players scored on the evening -- a point that Gilbert was extremely pleased by.
"You know, we are so young that a game like this is good where we can get all these girls playing time," Gilbert said. "There are times out there where I'm playing two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior at the same time, so experience is big for them."
Brooke Hauser finished with five points to lead Cardinal, while teammate Christine Morris ended with four points to go a long with five rebounds in a losing effort.