Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm / Updated at 10:28 pm
Jelden’s treys lead Holdrege rout of GICC

Rachel Jelden gave Grand Island Central Catholic’s defense plenty of problems Tuesday.

But the 6-foot-1 senior post didn’t do her damage inside like normal.

Instead, Jelden stepped outside to hit three 3-pointers in the first half to lead the Class B No. 5-rated Dusters to a 57-29 rout.

Jelden swished all three of her 3-point tries, including one on the opening possession of the game, en route to a 16-point, 12-rebound night.

"She’s worked on her shot a lot during the offseason," said Holdrege coach BJ Blase, a former Grand Island Senior High boys assistant coach. "In volleyball season, she went through some adversity. She rolled her ankle and hurt her foot, so she’s finally starting to get into her playing shape.

"I think our other girls have obviously gotten better. They’ve stepped up their games."

GICC coach James Lowry said Jelden was a tough match-up for the Crusaders (3-7).

"We’ve got to gamble somewhere because if we play straight up, it’s going to be trouble inside or outside," he said. "We had to make sure we had help there, and then she busted a three to start the game. She had three in the first half.

"That puts you in a hole right away because if we go out there and pressure, I’m not sure we can contain her with who we have on her. They run things very well."

The Dusters (8-1) jumped out to a 13-2 lead, but Central Catholic got back within 15-8 at the end of the first quarter on Kelsey Flaherty’s 3-pointer.

Holdrege opened the second period with an 18-0 run to pull away for good. GICC was held to a 2-for-21 performance from the floor over the middle two quarters.

"We’ve had a lot of those long runs," Blase said. "Our defense is getting better. It’s not where I want it to be yet, but it’s getting better every single game. The girls have bought into the defensive end. They know how important it is.

"We’ve set some goals this month to really lock it up on defense, and when you’re making shots that helps on defense."

Jenna Gillespie added 10 ponts for Holdrege, which hit 10 3-pointers.

"Holdrege is very talented, very well-coached," Lowry said. "They hit a lot of threes. We didn’t get up on it very good.

"They’re a good team, and right now we’re not all that good a team."

Flaherty and Laura Lowry each scored six points to top GICC.

James Lowry said his team is focused on remaining positive.

"Afterwards, we talked about having the right attitude and staying together as a team," he said. "When you have a little bit of adversity, it’s easy to knock teammates or be negative. We’re talking about staying together.

"Districts are Feb. 18. That’s a month and 11 days that we have to be a team here. How are we going to respond? Are we going to stay together or are we going to have peripheral opponents? Are we going to listen to people who say how bad you are, or do we keep competing and just try to be the best we can be?"

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Crusaders, who host Class C-1 No. 2 Kearney Catholic Friday.

Holdrege 57, GICC 29


Gillespie 4-13 0-0 10, Isaacson 2-4 3-3 7, Burr 2-4 0-0 5, Schroeder 3-8 0-0 9, Jelden 5-7 3-3 16, Holt 0-3 0-4 0, Alber 2-3 0-0 4, Jurado 1-6 0-0 3, Andrijeski 0-1 0-0 0, Hale 1-1 0-1 2, Pfeiffer 0-1 1-2 1, Finegan 0-1 0-0 0, Schroder 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 7-13 57.

GICC (3-7)

Anspauch 0-4 0-0 0, Flaherty 2-8 0-0 6, Kohmetscher 1-5 0-0 2, Krajicek 0-2 1-2 1, Benton 1-3 2-2 4, Lowry 2-7 2-2 6, Masat 2-5 0-1 5, Goering 0-2 1-2 1, Herbek 2-4 0-2 4, Seiler 0-2 0-0 0, Willman 0-0 0-0 0, Puncochar 0-0 0-0 0, Kerns-Schneider 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-43 6-11 29.

Holdrege 15 21 14 7—57
GICC 8 5 5 11—29

3-point field goals—Holdrege 10-25 (Gillespie 2-9, Burr 1-2, Schroeder 3-6, Jelden 3-3, Holt 0-1, Jurado 1-2, Andreijeski 0-1, Finnegan 0-1), GICC 3-9 (Anspauch 0-2, Flaherty 2-3, Kohmetscher 0-1, Masat 1-2, Goering 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Holdrege 38 (Jelden 12), GICC 34 (Krajicek 7). Assists—Holdrege 13 (Burr 4), GICC 3. Turnovers—Holdrege 11, GICC 19. Total fouls—Holdrege 12, GICC 13. Technicals—none.

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