Lady Jays avenge loss to A-W; Gehlen boys escape with OT win

Thursday, January 12, 2023

AKRON ó Gehlen Catholic went on the road and picked up a pair of wins in a basketball doubleheader against Akron-Westfield on Monday. The games did not count towards the War Eagle Conference standings.

The Akron-Westfield girls won the conference meeting between the two squads back in December, but it was Gehlen who came out on top in the rematch by a 58-40 score.

Tied at halftime, the Lady Jays built up a slim four point advantage by the end of the third quarter. They pulled away for an 18 point final margin of victory thanks to a 19-5 advantage in the final quarter.

Miyah Whitehead and Rysaiah Sitzmann both had double-doubles for the Jays in the win. Whitehead led the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Eight of those boards came on the offensive glass as Gehlen out-rebounded the Westerners 44-23 in the contest. Sitzmann added 11 points and the same number of boards.

Kate Bonderson had a breakout game as the sophomore had a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

The Westerners shot just 24.5 percent from the field compared to 42.1 percent for the Jays. Alyssa Nemesio had the most success for the Westerners as she finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She made half of her six 3-point attempts in the game while the rest of the team went a combined 0-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Makenzie Hughes finished with 10 points as most of those came at the charity stripe where she made 6-of-8. Hughes led the team with four assists and two steals. Her five rebounds were tied for second on the team with Allie Swoyer and just one behind team leader Addison Naslund.

It was Gehlenís first win in the series since a 63-62 victory in January 2020. Akron-Westfield had won the previous six meetings including a 45-40 triumph in the conference counting game earlier in the season.

The Westerners fell to 3-6 with the loss. Gehlen improved to 3-8 with the win.

Gehlen boys need OT to secure win

When the two teams met in early December for the conference-counting contest, Gehlen Catholic breezed to a 30-point win by a score of 84-54. In Mondayís meeting, it took an overtime period for the Jays to secure the win, doing so by a 66-59 score.

Akron-Westfield held a 32-25 advantage at the intermission before the Jays used a 15-4 third quarter advantage to pull in front. The Westerners made up that four point deficit in the final quarter to send the game to overtime knotted up at 52-52.

Both teams had similar success rates from the field so the advantage came down to free throws. Gehlen made 14-of-25 shots from the foul line while the Westerners shot just four free throws all game, cashing in on two.

Keaten Bonderson finished with 27 points for the Jays to lead all scorers. He also finished with a team-high four steals and added four rebounds and three assists.

Keaton Logan added 10 points while finishing with six rebounds, a team-high four assists and three steals.

Ryan Augustine led the way with eight rebounds and finished with the same number of points.

The Westerners were led by Laytin Koch as he finished with 20 points. He made 4-of-6 shots from 3-point range. Tatum Wilken added 15 points while leading the team with five assists. Jackson Marnach had a double-double of 13 points and the same number of rebounds. He led the team with three blocks.

Gehlen has won 26 consecutive meetings in the series. Gehlen improved to 8-1 with the win. Akron-Westfield fell to 1-8 with the loss.

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