The Gehlen Catholic girls basketball season came to an end last night losing a heartbreaking 53-47 ballgame to ninth-ranked Storm Lake St. Mary’s.
The drive of this team was on display in full force last night. The Jays trailed by six at the end of the first quarter and were tied at the end of the half and the end of the third quarter. Head Coach Brandon Schaecher talked about his team as being resilient last night.
That resiliency has been on display all year. Coach Schaecher saw it midway through the season when the Jays opened up at 3-9 and went on to win five of their next six.
Last night, the Jays shot 55% from the field in the first half and made all four of their three-point field goals. In the second half, the Jays dropped that percentage to shoot just 19% to end the game. Coach Schaecher says that they got away from what worked in the first half.
The Jays now graduate three seniors off this team: Lauren Heying, Alyssa Kolbeck, and Larissa Sitzmann. Coach Schaecer says that this group was a fun group to work with for four seasons.
The Jays were led last night by Lauren Heying who scored 19 points and moved to second all-time on the Gehlen Catholic scoring list passing Hannah Sitzmann. Alyssa Kolbeck added 10 as Gehlen Catholic finished their year at 10-13. Storm Lake St. Mary’s got 23 points from Danika Demers as the Panthers improve to 21-1 and will play #11 Westwood in the semifinal round of the region.