Lady Jays stay perfect with win over MMCRU
LE MARS — Gehlen Catholic kept its perfect record intact on Friday, December 1, with a 54-25 victory over MMCRU. The Jays have now matched their best start since the 2013-14 season when they also began the year 4-0.
“The girls continue to work and put forth effort every night,” Gehlen Head Coach Brandon Schaecher said. “Our defense tonight was flat-out phenomenal. We gave up 15 in the first half and I challenged the girls to not even allow 15 second half and they came out extremely aggressive and only allowed 10 that second half. I have to give them credit, they’re working hard in practice and it’s starting to show in the games.”
The pressure from the Jays continued to wear down the Royals throughout the game as the team collected 19 steals on the night. Six of those came from Sydney Livermore who recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Addison Weber hit four 3-pointers for the Jays as she closed with a game-high 18 points. Weber also had a pair of steals and three assists.
“We’re disguising our press pretty well between a zone and a man,” Schaecher said helped the team force turnovers. “The girls are just flat-out executing. You’ve got Addi and Syd who continue to put up double figures which is great. If we continue with the consistency from them and keep adding everybody else with a few points here and there. When your team is putting up points across the board, we’ll continue to take that.”
The rest of the scoring for Gehlen was spread around with seven other players scoring points. Abbie Dickman ended with six points while adding eight rebounds and three assists.
Katelyn Langel had five points and six rebounds. Chloe Bunkers and Krista Lipp each scored four points.
Gehlen outscored the Royals in each of the four quarters with the final frame being the most lopsided with an 18-3 margin in favor of the Jays.
Haley Schwarz led the way for the Royals with 12 points. Kaelee Letsche had nine while Gretchen Ruba tallied four.
“It’s hard to win a game when you only shoot 25 percent,” MMCRU Head Coach Gillian Letsche said. “It was tough. Our shots didn’t fall. We didn’t have the ball handling we needed.”
Coach Letsche was pleased with the performance Kaelee had in the game.
“It was her first time starting and she was super nervous before the game, but she came out and those jitters went out the window,” Letsche said. “She started making baskets and I’m really proud of how she stepped it up tonight. I think she kept the morale up.”
After a season-opening win, MMCRU has dropped its last two games. Letsche said the team just needs to find consistency.
“We’ve just got a lot of things to work on as a team,” Letsche said. “We learn from every experience we have, so I’m hoping we learned a lot from this one.”
The Royals host Trinity Christian (1-3) in Remsen on Tuesday, December 5.