GRAND ISLAND -- Grand Island Central Catholic’s offense came alive for one quarter Tuesday against Wood River.
And the Crusaders made that quarter a big enough one to rally for a 49-46 win over the Eagles.
GICC trailed 27-17 at halftime but outscored Wood River 24-15 in the third to pull within one point.
The Crusaders only scored one less point in the third than they did the other three quarters combined.
Seven different players got points in that period. Kerrigan Anspauch, Kelsey Flaherty, Elyssa Kohmetscher, Emma Benton and Alli Masat combined for 16 points.
Their total for the rest of the game?
“Typically we don’t have seven in the game score, so it was kind of nice to have seven in a quarter,” GICC coach Andy Anspauch said with a laugh. “That’s something we’ve been talking about recently. Kelsie Scheel is such a big part of our offensive productivity that we need other kids to step up a little bit.
“That doesn’t mean that kids who don’t score need to score 15 points. But we need to get four points from somebody who’s only getting two and eight points from somebody who’s only getting six.”
The Crusaders (7-14), who snapped a five-game losing streak, upped the defensive pressure to force eight turnovers in the third quarter to spark the offense.
“I thought the defensive pressure was a result of us being more competitive,” Andy Anspauch said. “I was really disappointed with our competitiveness in the first half.
“We just decided if we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down swinging. We came out and, to the kids’ credit, they realized they didn’t want the night to end the way it started with it being senior night.”
Wood River (8-14) did still carry a 42-41 lead into the fourth quarter, but it only managed four points over the final eight minutes.
Scheel, who led GICC with 18 points, scored all eight of her team’s points in the fourth. She hit three unanswered baskets over the first 2:45 to give the Crusaders a 47-42 lead after they hadn’t led all game.
“We didn’t match their intensity, and we talked about it at halftime,” Wood River coach Darren Parlin said. “We knew that they would come out intense. We didn’t match it for whatever reason.
“I told the girls that we got outphysicaled in the second half bad.”
A free throw by Connor Fischer, who also had seven assists, pulled Wood River within 47-45 with 3:29 left.
But both teams committed turnovers and made other mistakes like missing layups to keep the score stuck there until Scheel made two free throws with 38.1 seconds left.
Kaylee Gill hit one of two free throws to get Wood River within 49-46 with 9.3 seconds left.
Meghan Krajicek, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 on the other end, but the Eagles turned the ball over with 1.2 seconds left without getting a shot off.
“We didn’t take care of the ball,” said Parlin, whose team had 21 turnovers, three fewer than the Crusaders. “They got the pace going. We like to play fast, but we got playing too fast. We were taking shots after one or two passes.
“Sometimes when you break the press like we did early in the third quarter, you get sucked into that (pace).”
GICC extended its winning streak in the series to 10 games — with the last two coming by a total of five points — and won its final home game of the season.
“It was nice to see the seniors go out (at home) on a winning note,” Anspauch said. “We’ve had some ups-and-downs this year, but I thought tonight was just a fun time for them to work hard and get a win at home.”
But it didn’t look promising for Central Catholic in the first half.
Kelly Boshart had three baskets before the Crusaders got the ball midcourt. She was 5-for-5 in the first quarter to stake the Eagles out to a 15-9 lead.
“We did a good job coming out of the gate,” Parlin said. “I thought we did a good job getting Kelly involved, and once we got Kelly involved, we got some good looks from the outside too.
“We kind of forgot that recipe in the second half.”
Boshart, Wood River’s career scoring leader, finished with 17 points but she went without a shot over the final 11 minutes of the game.
Alexis Burghardt added 10 points for the Eagles.
GICC 49, Wood River 46
WOOD RIVER (8-14)
Bahe 2-7 0-0 5, Burghardt 4-11 0-0 10, Fischer 1-6 1-2 3, Boshart 8-12 1-3 17, Gill 2-4 1-4 5, Hermann 0-1 0-0 0, Rojas 1-3 3-4 5, Luehr 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 18-44 7-15 46.
Anspauch 1-1 0-0 2, Flaherty 2-7 0-0 5, Scheel 7-13 4-8 18, Rainforth 0-2 2-2 2, Masat 2-3 0-0 4, Seiler 1-3 0-0 2, Kohmetscher 1-4 0-0 3, Krajicek 4-11 3-7 11, Benton 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 19-48 9-17 49.
Wood River 15 12 15 4—46
GICC 9 8 24 8—49
3-point field goals—Wood River 3-12 (Bahe 1-5, Burdhardt 2-6, Fischer 0-1), GICC 2-8 (Flaherty 1-3, Kohmetscher 1-2, Scheel 0-2, Rainforth 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Wood River 24 (Boshart 5), GICC 30 (Krajicek 13). Assists—Wood River 13 (Fischer 7), GICC 8 (Scheel 4). Turnovers—Wood River 21, GICC 24. Total fouls—Wood River 13, GICC 12. Technicals—none.