HARTLEY -- The Gehlen Catholic girls kept an early lead in a low-scoring game with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Friday for a 38-30 win.
"It was a hard fought battle all night," Gehlen girls' coach Marty Kurth. "We made some shots early, but offensively we really struggled after the first quarter. We've got to find ways to finish inside. We were happy to get out of there with a win."
The shots were falling for the Jays in the first quarter, and they built a 13-4 lead by the buzzer. Gehlen (7-0) only scored four more points before halftime, and they held the Hawks to three. The Jays led 17-7.
The Jays came back from the break with a nine-point third quarter, outscored by the Hawks, who had 11 for the quarter. Gehlen still led by eight, 26-18, going into the final stanza.
"They were a very scrappy team, and their defense was good," Kurth said.
Both teams scored 12 in the final quarter, with the Jays keeping their eight-point lead for the win.
Gehlen had a rough night shooting, going 12-for-41 on field goals and 11-for-29 from the line.
"We did get to the free throw line a lot," Marty noted. "We were aggressive."
Leading scoring for Gehlen was Katelin Langel with 16 points. She pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double night. Langel also had five steals.
Hannah Sitzmann added another nine points for Gehlen, and Alison Schnepf had nine rebounds and four steals.
After Friday's win, the Jays improve their overall record to 7-0 and their War Eagle Conference record to 4-0.
Tuesday, Gehlen hosts Remsen St. Mary's for conference play, then the Jays host St. Mary's Storm Lake. Friday they travel to Akron for a matchup with Akron-Westfield.