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Gehlen girls add to streak with A-W win

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Defense by Gehlen's Katelin Langel frustrates A-W's Cali Westergard in Tuesday's conference matchup at Gehlen. The Jays won 38-30.
LE MARS -- Gehlen Catholic School's Baily Wiltgen fueled the Jay's 38-30 victory over Akron-Westfield Tuesday.

"Baily Wiltgen was extremely aggressive," Gehlen coach Marty Kurth said said. "She kept us going offensively early."

The junior put in 12 points for the evening against the Westerners.

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(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Gehlen's Baily Wiltgen makes a drive toward the hoop Tuesday with Akron-Westfield's Dana Hedlund defending durng the Jays-Westerners conference game, their first conference game of the season.
Gehlen led 9-6 in the first quarter and extended their lead slightly by halftime, making it 19-15 for the Jays.

They upped the tempo in the third stanza to make it a nine-point lead for Gehlen, 28-19.

Gehlen had a nice lead in the fourth quarter but the Westerners battled hard and cut it to six points with a little left to go in the game.

The Jays hit two free throws and held the ball to finish it out for the win.

Kurth said the Jays struggled with connecting with the basket Tuesday.

The girls went 11-for-41 from the field and 13-for-22 from the free throw line.

"We shot extremely poor," Kurth said. "We couldn't get into an offensive rhythm at all tonight."

The Gehlen coach tipped his hat to the A-W team.

"I've got to give them a lot of credit. They came in with a different type of defense and we struggled with it," Kurth said. "I guess a win is a win."

Gehlen did have three girls in double digits scoring.

Wiltgen had 12 and Hannah Sitzmann and Emily Holtgrewe each added 10 for the night, including some from beyond the arc to improve Gehlen's lead.

Sitzmann added nine rebound for the Jays, while Katelin Langel pulled down eight boards and made six steals.

The Jays improve their record to 2-0 and will be on the road Friday to meet up with Spalding Catholic in Granville.



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