Girard’s Standohar stands tall over Mineral Ridge

GIRARD – At his last visit to a doctor, Girard Indians junior Evan Standohar checked in at slightly taller than 5 feet, 9 inches.

Standohar played every bit of 6-6 Wednesday night as the Indians rallied from an 11-point deficit to pull away from the Mineral Ridge Rams, 62-46, in a non-conference game. Standohar scored 18 points (14 in the second half) and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead the comeback.

Standohar has a sixth sense when approaching the art of rebounding. He combines the ability to seemingly know which direction missed shots are heading with proper positioning. It’s almost as if the ball finds him.

“A lot of people say I have a knack,” Standohar said. “I react real quickly and I know where to go get the ball. I think it’s a gift, and I try to use it as an advantage.”

The Indians (9-4) needed more than Standohar’s rebounding prowess to get back into the game after trailing, 23-12, following one quarter. It came in the form of 3-point shooting. Girard made eight shots from beyond the arc, including five by Korri Maynard.

Maynard made two 3s and Dylan O’Hara had one in the second period as the Indians pulled to within one point, 29-28, at halftime.

“We’re not real big, so we can’t come back and pound it from the inside,” Indians coach Craig Hannon said. “We can’t pound it inside and get fouls. A lot of times it is shoot good; look good. Sometimes it’s shoot bad; look bad.

“We don’t come into practice and say, ‘let’s fall behind 12 and then come back.’ They (the Rams) are good and they jumped on us early when we weren’t doing some good things.”

The Rams (10-5) had a 35-31 lead early in the third quarter before things began to unravel. Maynard started an 11-0 run with his fifth 3-pointer. Standohar had five points in the stretch and his cousin Jim Standohar had a 3-point shot before Ridge ended the streak.

“We got away from what we were trying to do as a team, defensively and offensively,” Rams coach Chris Kohl said. “When you formulate a game plan and it goes south on you real fast like that, then the kids start questioning themselves. We just never recovered.”

The Rams did get as close as two points, 44-42, at the end of the period, but it was all Girard in the fourth quarter. The Indians opened the final session with another 11-point run. Corey Phillips made a pair of foul shots for the Rams before the Indians sealed matters with seven straight points.

“It’s a good win against a team that’s won five in a row,” Hannon said. “I’m excited because they (the Rams) came in with a lot of confidence. Our guys battled. We were down early and fought through. I’m glad we didn’t let one loss to LaBrae turn into a couple more losses.”

Maynard finished with 17 points and Jim Standohar had 14. Zac Hagy led Ridge in scoring with 18 points, including 15 in the first quarter.

Then there were the contributions of Evan Standohar, who stood tall on this night.

“It’s all determination,” Evan said of his rebounding talent. “A lot of people talk about my size. I take it as a competitive thing against those bigger guys. I like to compete. If you compete and put your mind to it, anything is possible.”

Girard hosts Jefferson Friday. Ridge is at South Range Friday.