Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:17 am
Crusaders dominate Fremont Bergan, 58-15

Grand Island Central Catholic set the tone early and dominated throughout Thursday night against Archbishop Bergan.

The Crusaders took a 13-0 first-quarter lead on their way to a 58-15 home-court victory in consolation play of the Centennial Conference Tournament. Central Catholic outrebounded the Knights 45-17, limited them to 4-of-19 shooting (21 percent) and forced 21 turnovers.

GICC (7-11) led 15-3 after the first quarter and 27-5 at halftime. Emma Benton’s three-point play with 6:22 remaining gave the Crusaders a 54-12 lead and triggered a running clock due to a 40-point margin.

"The last couple of games, we hadn’t been getting out of the gate very quickly, so we emphasized that tonight," GICC coach James Lowry said. "We didn’t shoot that well at the start, but we got a lot of offensive rebounds and didn’t turn it over a lot."

The Crusaders grabbed 26 offensive rebounds, including 12 in the first quarter. GICC had 34 first-half field-goal attempts compared to 10 for Bergan (3-15).

"It was just going to the boards and being consistent with our effort," Lowry said. "We have had a lot of nights where we didn’t shoot the ball well as a team this year, but if we can continue to get second shots like we did tonight, that’s definitely going to help us.

"If you get 12 offensive rebounds in the first quarter, that obviously gives you a pretty good chance. That’s just a credit to the girls giving effort all the time."

Meghan Krajicek led the way for the Crusaders. The 5-foot-8 senior post player had nine points and eight rebounds in the first quarter on her way to a double-double with nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds, including nine offensive boards.

"Meghan was the biggest kid on the floor and she had a lot of rebounds early," Lowry said. "She’s done that all year. She has been my most consistent player from start to finish and more importantly, she’s been my most consistent player in practice.

"If you don’t give full effort, she’ll knock you over. She makes us better every day."

Kelsey Flaherty and Elyssa Kohmetscher added eight points apiece for GICC. Benton finished with seven points, while Faviola Seiler had six rebounds off the bench.

GICC limited the Knights to four field goals, but sent Bergan to the free-throw line 18 times. Despite only allowing 15, points Lowry said the Crusaders still had too many defensive breakdowns.

"We were moving pretty well for a while, but then we started fouling a lot," Lowry said. "We gave up the middle and we really didn’t communicate, which is something we have been emphasizing from day one. The last couple of days, we’ve had a hard time with communication on defense and tonight was a little bit better, but we still have a lot we can improve on."

GICC 58, Archbishop Bergan 15
ARCHBISHOP BERGAN (3-15): Getzfrid 1-5 1-2 4, Kirby 0-1 0-0 0, Weier 1-1 0-7 2, Tonjes 1-4 0-0 2, Carlson 0-1 0-0 0, Toelle 1-2 2-4 4, Conklin 0-2 1-1 1, Vance 0-2 2-4 2, Vobejda 0-1 0-0 0, Botorff 0-0 0-0 0, Mendlik 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 4-19 6-18 15.
GICC (7-11): Flaherty 2-7 2-2 8, Krajicek 4-9 1-1 9, Moravec 1-4 1-1 3, Benton 2-3 3-3 7, Lowry 3-5 0-0 6, Kohmetscher 2-5 3-4 8, Herbek 1-5 4-5 6, Anspauch 1-6 0-0 3, Goering 1-2 2-4 4, Seiler 1-4 0-0 2, Willman 0-1 2-2 2, Punchochar 0-1 0-0 0, Kerns-Schneider 0-1 0-0 0, Reinhart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 18-22 58.

Archbishop Bergan ....................... 3 6 7 3—15
GICC .............................................. 15 12 22 9—58

3-point goals—AB 1-3 (Getzfrid 1-1, Conklin 0-2), GICC 4-8 (Flaherty 2-4, Kohmetscher 1-3, Anspauch 1-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—AB 17 (Getzfrid 3, Weier 3, Toelle 3), GICC 45 (Krajicek 13). Assists—AB 2 (Toelle 1, Vance 1), GICC 9 (Lowry 2, Herbek 2). Turnovers—AB 21, GICC 10. Total fouls—AB 16, GICC 18. Technicals—None. A—NA.

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