Gehlen basketball teams sweep MMC
LE MARS - The tough Le Mars Gehlen girls and boys basketball teams used home-court advantage to the fullest to sweep Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn here Friday night.
The host Jays won the girls game 39-37, and prevailed in the boys nightcap, 57-48.
In the exciting girls contest, MMC all-stater Erica Dreckman led the scoring with 18 points, despite battling rare foul trouble throughout. She was followed by Kayla Foresman with 10 points. Dreckman fouled out in the late going that hampered MMC's cause.
Steph Rohe led Gehlen with 15 points, while Katelin Langel had 12, and Amber Timmins eight. Rohe controlled the boards with 11 rebounds.
Jalyn Doeden led the Eagles in rebounds with eight, and Foresman grabbed six. Doeden also led her team in steals with four, and Foresman totaled three.
The Eagles sank 15-39 field goals for 38 percent, and was 6-8 from the free throw line. Gehlen made 16-42 shots, also for 38 percent, and was 0-2 from the foul line.
In the boys game, Le Mars Gehlen broke from a tenuous 27-24 halftime lead to take a 42-32 lead after three periods, and sustaining that margin to the end.
Dylan Spieler led MMC with 22 points, while Zach Specht tallied eight, and Tyler Prunty eight. Prunty led the eagles on the boards with eight, and Spieler snagged six.
Trevor Bouma led the Jays with 25 points, followed by Conor Kneip 11, and Blake Wiltgen nine.
"Gehlen is a very physical team and that translated into them outrebounding us 37-25," noted MMC coach Pat Bird. "We came into the game focused on stopping their leading scorer Michael Whitehead and we did a nice job holding him to five points, but Bouma lit us up for 25 and that was the big difference in the game."