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Gehlen Catholic Girls Basketball Wins First Game, Boys Start 1-0 Under New Head Coach Ryan Wiltgen

The Gehlen Catholic basketball teams swept Lawton-Bronson for each team’s first win of the season.

The Jay girls beat Lawton-Bronson 63-51 to improve to 1-2 on the new season.

One of Gehlen’s main goals to start the year was to be competitive. That did not mean they were always worried about the result on the scoreboard, and that ended up showing after beating Lawton-Bronson. Head coach Brandon Schaecher says the girls were more concerned with their play toward the end of the game rather than being excited about getting a win.

The offensive play of Rysaiah Sitzmann was really crucial to Gehlen’s success. The Jays outscored the Eagles 19-7 in the second quarter with 14 of those 19 points coming from Sitzmann. That quarter ultimately proved to be the difference, and Sitzmann finished the game with 26 points. Coach Schaecher says he knew it was only a matter of time before she got going on the offensive side.

Gehlen struggled in their first two games dealing with a full-court press. The Jays worked on things during the break, and Coach Schaecher says he saw a lot more confidence facing Lawton-Bronson’s press.

As the Jays move on in the season, rebounding will become a greater focus. Gehlen Catholic left too many second chances for Lawton-Bronson in the game. Coach Schaecher says his team needs to finish the entire action of boxing out by going and getting the rebound.

The Jays are now 1-2 on the season while Lawton-Bronson starts their year 0-1.

On the boys side, Gehlen Catholic welcomed new head coach Ryan Wiltgen with a 66-56 win over the Lawton-Bronson boys.

Gehlen Catholic played their first game without a lot of familiar faces who have graduated the program after last year’s 20-win season. Those new faces proved they were not too shabby in producing a win that looked similar to that of last year’s team. Head coach Ryan Wiltgen says the guys look like they had been out there before in the win.

The Jays showed that they are going to play an unselfish brand of basketball on the offensive end with three players scoring in double-digits. Coach Wiltgen says that comes from playing inside out with a lot of guys touching the basketball and contributing.

After having success on the offensive end, Gehlen Catholic went down on defense and made life tough for Eagle shooters. Lawton-Bronson continued to throw up contested shots that Gehlen Catholic had defended well. Coach Wiltgen says the guys were doing the right things on defense even when the Eagles had some life in getting those tough shots to fall.

The Jays get two games to finish out the week which can tell the guys a lot about themselves early in the season. Coach Wiltgen says the main concern is making sure they have enough in the tank to put together a good level of play by week’s end.

Gabe Wiltgen led the Jays in scoring with 20 points in upping Gehlen’s record to 1-0. Lawton-Bronson dropped to 0-1 with the loss to start the year.

Both Gehlen Catholic basketball teams are at Cherokee on Thursday and home against MMCRU on Friday.