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Blackhawks edge out Gehlen girls on the road

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(Sentinel photo by Andy Lenz) Gehlen's Katelin Langel attacks the basket for a lay-up, defended by Hinton's Alex Yoerger
LE MARS -- The Hinton Blackhawks girls basketball team remains undefeated in the new year, triumphing 60-34 over Gehlen Catholic in their matchup on Tuesday.

The game was evenly matched in the opening stages of the game, but the Blackhawks pulled away with two consecutive threes and ended the first quarter with a 19-7 lead.

"They just took it to us early," Gehlen head coach Marty Kurth said after the game.

The Blackhawks added on to their lead in the second quarter and led 35-17 at the half. Junior Alex Yoerger racked up 15 points in the first two periods.

"She really got the game started for us," Hinton head coach Joel Small said after the game. "I was really pleased with the effort she put on the floor."

The Jays tried to fight their way back into the game in the second half, but the Blackhawks were not willing to let them gain any ground.

After three quarters, Hinton was up 49-28.

The picture remained the same in the final period and Hinton limited the Jays to just six points offensively.

"We're moving pretty good and I think we're getting in the right direction," Small said.

Before the game, Small had asked his team to play consistently and to put four solid quarters on the floor against Gehlen. He was pleased with their effort to accomplish that, Small said.

Yoerger led Hinton in scoring and ended up with 18 points. Juniors Shaeler Lund and Lauren Hedlund each added 10. Sophomore Abby Cook added nine points off the bench.

Yoerger had a total of 10 rebounds, followed by Lund and Senior Sadie Shuck, who each had nine.

For the Jays and Coach Kurth, the night ended on a disappointing note.

"We just flat out didn't match their intensity," Kurth summarized the game. "We had too many scoring droughts, got out-rebounded. You just can't do that against a good team like Hinton."

Junior Hannah Sitzmann led the Jays in scoring with 14 points. Senior Katelin Langel had seven rebounds, Junior Alison Schnepf had six.

The Blackhawks (11-1) will look to keep their momentum going against Remsen-Union at home on Friday.

"We're trying to win a conference championship," Coach Small said. "We have got to keep playing hard."

Kurth hopes the Jays (10-3) bounce back in a home matchup against Unity Chrtistian on Friday.



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