GRANVILLE -- The No. 8 Gehlen Catholic School girls' basketball team was looking sharp on all sides Friday, earning a 59-23 victory over Spalding Catholic on the road.
"We played extremely well offensively; we moved the ball around a lot better and got good looks. Defensively we really caused them some havoc," Gehlen coach Marty Kurth said. "We got off to a great start and got everyone in the ball game."
The Jays pulled ahead 17-5 by the end of the first quarter and nearly doubled their lead before halftime, with the score 35-13, Gehlen.
They only allowed the Spartans six points in the third quarter, adding 18 to the Jays' scorebook for a 53-19 lead going into the final stanza.
Gehlen held Spalding to four more points for the rest of the game, while the Jays scored six before the last buzzer.
Gehlen junior Alison Schnepf led the team with 19 points, her career high.
"I thought Alison played one of her best ball games she's ever played for us," Kurth said. "We knew she was capable of doing that. She did a lot of things well, shot the ball extremely well, did everything mechanically well, and when she's able to do that, she can be a force inside."
The Gehlen posts, Schnepf and senior Katelin Langel both dominated inside the paint. Langel added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jays.
"I've got to give our guards credit for making the extra paths and getting it down to our posts for them to do it," Kurth said.
Leading scoring for the Spartans was Carli Murphy with nine points.
"We played hard defense pretty well and got out and ran the break pretty well," Kurth said.
The Jays compiled 21 steals for the night, he added.
Junior Baily Wiltgen, sophomore Taylor Peters, Langel and Schnepf each had five steals.
Gehlen moves to a 5-0 record overall and 2-0 in the War Eagle Conference.
"We're doing some things we want -- we talked about what our goals were, and we always want to get better every time we take the court," Kurth said. "We have a tough week coming up, so we're just going to take them one game at a time."
The Jays will host South O'Brien at home Tuesday for more conference play.