The Lady Jays fought hard against Unity Christian, but offensive woes made their efforts fall short. The final score on Friday was 48-36, Knights.
Gehlen found themselves down by seven points early in the game and Unity Christian was able to add on to that lead. By the end of the first quarter, The Lady Jays were down 15-5.
Gehlen fought back in the second stanza and gained some ground on their opponents, but Unity Christian maintained a slim lead.
The score was 22-18 at the half.
The Lady Jays came out of the locker room with plenty of energy and managed to pull ahead by a point with three minutes left in the third period. But then the ball just would not drop any more and Gehlen turnovers turned into points for the Knights.
"We have a bad problem with going into scoring droughts, where we go three, four, sometimes even five minutes without scoring," Gehlen girls coach Marty Kurth said. "It's hard to come back from that when it happens in the second half."
Unity Christian regained the lead and finished the quarter ahead 34-26.
Turnovers continued to be a problem and kept the Lady Jays from getting back into the game in the final quarter.
By the end of the night, Gehlen had turned the ball over 30 times.
"You're not going to beat a good ball club like Unity with that many turnovers," Kurth said. "You have got to give them a lot of credit. They put some pressure on us and we didn't respond very well. It was uncharactersitic of us, the way we threw the ball around."
Senior Katelin Langel and junior Alison Schnepf led their team offensively with nine points each. Junior Bailey Wiltgen had six.
On the defensive end, Langel racked up a team-high 10 rebounds and eight steals.
With two losses in a row the Lady Jays now sit at a 10-4 record. They will look to get back on the winning side in a matchup with Storm Lake at home on Monday.
"We just need to play good, fundamental basketball," Kurth said. "We got away from things the last two games. We didn't handle the pressure that the other team put on us. We need to do a better job of being able to maintain our offense."