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Balanced performance lifts Lady Jays over R-U

Monday, January 28, 2013

(Sentinel photo by Andy Lenz) Gehlen senior Katelin Langel looks for an open lane in her team's matchup with R-U on Friday. She had 13 points, four rebounds and nine steals.
REMSEN -- A strong performance on both ends of the floor gave the Lady Jays a 57-36 conference win over R-U on Friday.

"It was a pretty balanced game all the way through for us," Gehlen coach Marty Kurth said.

The Lady Jays took control of the game right off the bat and gradually pulled away from the Lady Rockets.

(Sentinel photo by Andy Lenz) R-U senior Brittany Sudtelgte goes up for two against Gehlen's Shannon Smith. The Lady Rockets fought hard but fell short 57-36 on Friday.
After the first quarter, Gehlen was up 17-7.

"I'll give Gehlen credit, they shot the ball really well," R-U coach Mike West said. "They took us out of it from the start."

The Lady Jays continued to dictate the pace in the second stanza and extended their lead to 34-18 going into halftime.

Sitting on a comfortable lead, Gehlen showed the same intensity in the third period and outscored the Lady Rockets 19-5, resulting in a score of 53-23 going into the final eight minutes.

R-U made up some ground and scored 13 points in the final quarter, but Gehlen's victory was never in jeopardy.

"Our girls just didn't move the ball as well as they could have and should have offensively," West said. "Gehlen was hitting them from the three point line but we let them have too many points from the paint, also."

The Jays made seven shots from beyond the arc.

Kurth was pleased with his team's performance.

"We did a lot of things well tonight," he said. "Our defense gave them some fits and we had the inside and outside game working."

Junior Hannah Sitzmann scored a game-high 14 points for Gehlen. Senior Katelin Langel had 13, followed by junior Alison Schnepf with 12 and senior Emily Holtgrewe with nine.

Schnepf led her team defensively with 10 rebounds and eight steals. Langel had four rebounds and nine steals.

For R-U, senior Hailey Loutsch had the most points with 12. Senior Kelsey Ruden had eight.

On the defensive end, senior Brittany Weikel had eight rebounds and junior Danika Tentinger had five.

With the loss, the Rockets' record drops to 6-12. They will travel to Orange City to face a tough opponent in Unity Christian (13-5) on Friday.

"We're going to have to improve. We're just going to have to be able to take care of the ball better," West said.

The win lifts the Jays to 12-4 overall and 5-3 in conference. They host Spalding Tuesday.

"We're only two weeks away from the tournament and that's when you want to try to play your best basketball of the year," Kurth said.

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