Gehlen Catholic again gets the better of MMCRU
LE MARS — Facing one another twice in a two week span, it was Gehlen Catholic coming out on top of MMCRU once again on Friday, December 14, in a War Eagle Conference doubleheader.
Both games were very similar in their final scores compared to the first meeting. The Gehlen girls won the first game 61-53 and came away with a 62-52 win in the rematch. The main difference from the last game was the fact that Gehlen led from start to finish rather than having to fight back in the second half. The Lady Jays shot off the first 12 points of the game as MMCRU was finally able to score about midway through the quarter. It was fairly evenly played the rest of the way, but the early hole proved to be too deep to climb out of for the Royals.
Sydney Livermore put together a strong game for the Jays as she finished with 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the team in both categories. She also had a pair of assists and steals before fouling out of the game.
Addison Weber added 13 points, six boards and three steals and Katelyn Langel pitched in another 10 points and six rebounds for the team.
Lauren Heying finished with eight points and three steals while Chloe Bunkers led the team with four steals and scored seven points. The remaining six points went to Rachel Langel who also had five rebounds and a team-best two blocks.
Emily Dreckman connected on three treys in the game for MMCRU as she finished with 19 points to lead all scorers before she exited with five fouls. She scored a double-double as she also had 11 rebounds.
Ellie Hilbrands added 14 points, of which eight came at the free-throw line, as she also had a double-double with 15 rebounds. Taylor Harpenau finished with 12 points and matched Dreckman for most assists with three.
The Gehlen boys also had a similar score to their first meeting when the Jays won 67-36. This time both sides scored just a few less in a 61-33 win for Gehlen.
The Jays had a good first quarter as they jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but it was MMCRU taking control in the second as they pulled to within a point at halftime with the score at 21-20.
“We started out alright in the first quarter,” Gehlen boys coach Mike Langel said. “The second quarter got really sloppy. We had a lot of turnovers in our second quarter. Give credit to Marcus, they really stepped it up and got aggressive. We did not handle that well in the second quarter. Then we adjusted some things at halftime and held them to just two points in the third quarter and we got things going offensively a little better.”
The second half went in favor of the Jays as they outscored their conference foe 40-13 in the after the intermission.
Gehlen ended the night 25-of-46 (54 percent) from the field and made all but one of their eight free throws.
Caden Kneip led the team with a double-double as he scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. The senior also blocked four shots and had the same number of assists which was one less than assist-leader Ethan Mousel.
Zach Kraft nearly had a double-double of his own as he scored 15 and pulled down nine boards. He added four steals in the win.
MMCRU was led by Joel Johnson with eight points as six of those came on a pair of threes. Cody Dias added the other 3-point make as part of his five points as the Royals ended the game 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
Jordan Marks scored seven points and matched Johnson for most rebounds on the team with five.
The Gehlen boys are now 6-1 entering a Tuesday night showdown with undefeated West Sioux. MMCRU fell to 1-5 after the loss.
The Gehlen girls will take a 7-1 record up against an identical mark for West Sioux on Tuesday. MMCRU dropped to 5-2 after the game with both losses at the hands of the Jays.
MMCRU: (Individual) Points- Johnson 8, Marks 7, Prescott 6, Dias 5, Russell 4, Maass 2, Brimm 1; Rebounds- Johnson 5, Marks 5, Maass 4; Assists- Pepper, Prescott; Steals- Johnson 3; Blocks- Johnson; (Team) FG 14-52, 3ptFG 3-20, FT 2-7, OFF-DEF REB 9-14—23, AST 2, STL 6, BLK 1.
Gehlen: (Individual) Points- Kneip 20, Kraft 15, Rebounds- Kneip 12, Kraft 9; Assists- Mousel 5, Kneip 4; Steals Kraft 4; Blocks- Kneip 4; (Team) FG 25-46, 3ptFG 4-11, FT 7-8.
MMCRU: (Individual) Points- Dreckman 19, Hilbrands 14, Harpenau 12, Holmes 3, Treinen 2, Olson 2; Rebounds- Hilbrands 15, Dreckman 11, Treinen 5, Olson 4; Assists- Harpenau 3, Dreckman 3; Steals- Olson 4, Dreckman 2; Blocks- Hilbrands 2, Olson 1, Dreckman 1; (Team) FG 16-60, 3ptFG 3-21, FT 17-27, OFF-DEF REB 14-29—43, AST 12, STL 9, BLK 4.
Gehlen: (Individual) Points- Livermore 18, Weber 13, K. Langel 10, Heying 8, Bunkers 7, R. Langel 6; Rebounds- Livermore 9, Weber 6, K. Langel 6, R. Langel 5; Assists- Livermore 2, Heying 2; Steals- Bunkers 4, Weber 3, Heying 3; Blocks- R. Langel 2, Heying 1; (Team) FG 23-71, 3ptFG 4-20, FT 12-15, OFF-DEF REB 13-26—39, AST 6, STL 15, BLK 3.