EAST CHAIN - The Granada-Huntley-East Chain Mustang girls basketball team's balanced offensive attack generated 38 points in the second half on Thursday night to help earn a 61-36 Valley Conference victory over the Truman Bluejays at East Chain School.
Senior point guard Amanda Cegelske and freshman center Rachel Shumski provided a 1-2 offensive punch, with Cegelske scoring 14 points and Shumski providing 12 points.
"I thought that we had a really balanced offensive attack tonight. We were hitting shots outside, but that gave us a chance to work it inside and we were able to take advantage of those opportunities also," said Granada-Huntley-East Chain head coach Rick Uttech.
DRIVING — Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s Mariah Jensen (left) drives past Truman’s Cleo Maloney during Valley Conference basketball action Thursday night at East Chain School. Photo by Leanna Becker
With the Mustangs in foul trouble in the first half, Uttech went to his bench, which supplied 14 points on the game.
"We had some girls in foul trouble in the first half and it was great to see the bench play well for us when we needed them to," said Uttech.
Mariah Jensen and Ryley Becker scored two points off the bench in the first half, with reserves Tia Grathwohl and Kenlie Pytleski notching four points in the second half.
Brooke McDonald played a key part in helping Truman stay within striking distance with her double-double performance of 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Bluejays managed to keep their deficit to a minimum, going 8 of 16 from the free-throw line, including McDonald's 5-for-8 effort during the final minutes of the opening half.
After building an eight-point lead at 23-15 by halftime, the Mustangs went on a 17-4 run to open the second half.
"I thought we did a good job of breaking Truman's pressure to score easy layups," said Uttech.
Truman finished the game 15 of 26 from the charity stripe, with Emily Zaharia making 5 of 8.
Alex Stennes caught fire in the second half for GHEC, making three straight shots for 7 of her 11 points in the game.
Rachael Sauck and Anna Balcom each tallied five points pulled down five rebounds for the Mustangs.
Becker pulled down a team-leading six rebounds for the Mustangs.
Briannia Pearson nabbed nine rebounds to top Truman on the game.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (4-4, 4-3 Valley) travels to Nicollet for a 7:30 p.m. conference game tonight.
Truman (0-10, 0-6) plays host to Alden-Conger in a 7:30 p.m. conference game.
Martin County West 59, Jackson County Central 47 - Cordell Weber scored 21 points, while teammate Austin Krumwiede netted 17 to lead the Mavericks to a 59-47 nonconference victory over the Huskies on Thursday night in Jackson.
Weber also doled out five assists to play a part in the 30 of 67 shooting effort by the Mavericks. Krumwiede also secured nine rebounds in the Maverick victory.
Kyle Brolsma tallied nine points and eight rebounds for MCW.
The Mavericks made 24 of 49 shots inside the arc and shot 33 percent from behind the arc, making 6 of 18 shots.
Taylor Christopher led the Huskies with 12 points and Jon Harmening was not far behind, scoring 11 points in the game.
Martin County West (7-2) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial for a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference game tonight.
Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 79, Truman/Martin Luther 64 - The Knights held the BluejayKnights to just 27 points in the first half on their way to a 79-64 nonconference victory on Thursday night in Northrop.
Sean Mathiowetz scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Knights' offensive effort.
Sam Geistfeld recorded a double-double performance with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the BluejayKnights.
Jeremy Smith scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds for TML.
Cade Ekstrom scored 15 points, while Chandler Greier added 12 to the TML offensive effort.
The BluejayKnights made 9 of 12 free throws, while the Knights made 9 of 17 from the charity stripe.
Truman/Martin Luther (4-6) travels to Nicollet for a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference game on Monday.