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Gehlen Catholic Basketball Splits Final Conference Matchups with Unity Christian

The Gehlen Catholic basketball teams returned to the friendly confines of their home gym on Friday night for the first time in a month with matchups against Unity Christian.

The Jay girls had the tall test of tangling with the second-ranked Knights and dropped the ball game by a 66-40 final score.

The theme of the game was Unity Christian getting double the shot attempts throughout the contest giving them plenty more opportunities to score. Part of that is due to turnovers, but a large part is due to the number of offensive rebounds the Knights pulled down. The Knights had a few possessions that would get upwards of five shot attempts thanks to offensive rebounds. Gehlen Catholic head coach Brandon Schaecher says the Jays needed to box one player out a little bit better. That player was Gracie Schoonhoven who finished with 32 points on the night.

The first quarter thankfully did not set the tone for Gehlen Catholic. The Jays trailed 24-8 at the end of the first, but Coach Schaecher says the final three quarters showed some strong improvement from the first eight minutes.

Four full quarters of consistent play is vital for Gehlen Catholic to be successful down the stretch. The Jays have six games remaining and have a realistic shot at getting to 10 wins before the season is up. Coach Schaecher says consistency with a bit of aggressiveness will need to be there down the stretch.

Gehlen Catholic is now 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the War Eagle Conference with the loss. Rysaiah Sitzmann had 18 points for the Jays. Unity Christian is now 10-2 and 6-0 in the conference.

The Gehlen Catholic boys have only lost two games all season with one of those coming to Unity Christian. They got the Knights back for that win earlier in the season taking this meeting by a 75-53 final score.

The word of the game was “focus” for Gehlen Catholic. The Jays came out extremely focused on the task at hand and came away with their fourth win in a row. Head Coach Mike Langel says that focus showed in their effort in taking care of the basketball.

Gehlen’s focus also showed in their impressive start. The Jays are known for their hot starts, but this one was on another level. The Jays opened the game scoring 31 points on 13-17 from the field in the first quarter of the contest. Coach Langel says it just takes a couple of shots to go for his team to be in the groove.

A big key to Gehlen’s success was their ball movement finishing with 19 assists on 27 made baskets. Keaton Logan had the bulk of the Jays’ assists with seven of them in the win. Coach Langel says Logan has many weapons that make him a strong facilitator of the offense.

Gehlen Catholic now faces another tough test on their schedule with a matchup at third-ranked Western Christian on Monday. Coach Langel says it will be a new experience, but it is one his team is eager to go after.

The Jays are now 12-2 overall and 6-1 in the War Eagle Conference. They were led offensively with 19 points from Keaten Bonderson and Drake DeRocher. Unity Christian fell to 5-7 and 2-4 in the War Eagle Conference.