LE MARS -- After losing two straight home games, the Gehlen Catholic girls wanted to respond. They did just that in a 56-34 victory over Storm Lake on Monday.
"It was a good night to get back in the winning column," Gehlen coach Marty Kurth said. "We lost the last two games so we were looking forward to being much more aggressive and we were that tonight."
The Lady Jays got off to a good start and jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. By applying pressure on defense, Gehlen was able to create turnovers and capitalized on those offensively. After the first quarter, they were up 17-8.
Storm Lake changed their defense and temporarily disrupted the Lady Jays' offense, but coach Kurth's team recovered quickly and took a 30-18 lead into halftime.
The second half did not hold any surprises. Fueled by a comfortable lead, Gehlen added points to the score and was up 47-26 after three periods.
The final stanza offered more of the same and the Lady Jays cruised to their eleventh win of the season.
Senior Emily Holtgrewe had 21 points, all of which came from beyond the arc.
"She's capable of doing that, Kurth said. "When she's hot, she can light it up like that and we just kept feeding it to her for a while there."
Senior Katelin Langel followed with 12 points. Junior Alison Schnepf had 10; junior Hannah Sitzmann had eight.
On the defensive end, Schnepf racked up 11 rebounds and Langel had six.
"It was a complete ball game," Kurth said. "We did some nice things and we really stuck it to them defensively."
The Lady Jays will look to stay in the winning column at Remsen-Union on Friday.