EAST CHAIN - Granada-Huntley-East Chain's Rachel Shumski produced incredible game-leading totals of 20 points and 18 rebounds during Monday night's basketball clash with Martin Luther.
Outstanding statistics, especially considering the fact the 5-foot-11 freshman center almost did not suit up for the Mustangs' 51-41 Valley Conference victory over the Knights at East Chain School.
"She nearly didn't play tonight because of an injury to her ribs," GHEC mentor Rick Uttech said.
BLOCKED — Martin Luther’s Hunter Payne (32) blocks a shot by Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s Mariah Jensen (11) during basketball action Monday night at East Chain School. The Knights’ Catie Sherman (24) and Kristi Oberdieck (34) and GHEC’s Anna Balcom (41) watch the play. Photo by Leanna Becker
Despite the injury, Shumski's yeoman boardwork kept the Mustangs even with the Knights on the glass with 42 rebounds each. Despite early foul difficulty, Martin Luther power forward Amber Schulz garnered 11 caroms, while post player Kristi Oberdieck pulled down 10.
"If we could have gotten off to a better start tonight, that definitely would have helped," Martin Luther head coach Leslie Wokasch said in reference to her team's 0-for-10 field-shooting performance to open the game. "When you get down 12-0 right away, it takes a lot of energy to get back into it."
Catie Sherman provided the spark by drilling back-to-back 3-pointers to finally end the Knights' offensive drought nearly 8 minutes into the first half, slicing the visitors' deficit in half.
Shumski snapped the nets on a baseline jumper off one of Rachael Sauck's three assists to re-establish a nine-point lead for the Mustangs at 20-9 with 4 minutes left before intermission.
Fleet-footed guard Kayley Shoen, however, led the Knights' ensuing 14-4 run that bridged halftime to swing a one-point lead to the visitors during the initial stages of the second half.
Shoen crashed the offensive glass, earning 11 free-throw attempts on the game, while netting seven of her team-best 13 points to close out the first half.
Oberdieck's pair of free throws and Sherman's 3-pointer reversed a four-point halftime deficit into a 25-24 Martin Luther lead at the 16:20 mark in the second segment.
But Sauck, who scored six of her seven points during the final 16 minutes, answered for the Mustangs by nailing a pivotal 3-pointer before Shumski hit a putback basket. Sauck later connected on another 3 to rebuild a seven-point lead for GHEC at 33-26 with 12:35 to go.
Schulz and Shoen crashed the boards at both ends to keep the Knights within striking distance before Shumski and freshman guard Mariah Jensen delivered key plays down the stretch to preserve the Mustangs' victory.
Jensen connected on two free throws at the 21.7-second mark to put GHEC up 48-41 before pocketing a sideline steal and drawing an intentional foul for another free throw and possession of the basketball with 9.4 seconds remaining.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (5-5, 4-4 Valley) travels to Trimont on Thursday to play Martin County West.
Martin Luther (5-6, 3-3) hosts Cleveland on Thursday in Northrop.
Truman 52, Madelia 43 - Brooke McDonald and Emily Zaharia each garnered double-doubles to guide the Bluejays to a nine-point Valley Conference victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night in Madelia.
McDonald collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Zaharia garnered 12 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Cleo Maloney netted 12 points and five steals for Truman, which made 18 of 36 free throws on the game.
Carina Aguilar and Cinthia Sotelo each scored 13 points for Madelia, while Danielle Arndt chipped in 10 points.
Truman (1-11, 1-6 Valley) hosts Mankato Loyola on Thursday.
Martin County West 65, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 36 - Kate Thiesse produced 14 points, six steals and three assists to help guide the Mavericks to a 29-point Valley Conference victory over the Knights on Monday night in Lake Crystal.
Reilly Geistfeld scored 15 points to top MCW, Taryn Tumbleson delivered 14 points and nine rebounds, while Madyson Larson pocketed a game-best seven steals.
The Mavericks made 29 of 71 field goals and 6 of 19 free throws on the game.
Megan Schroeder netted 18 points to top LCWM, while teammate Becca Norgren scored 11.
Martin County West (9-2, 6-1 Valley) hosts Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Thursday in Trimont.
North Union 43, Storm Lake 25 - Aurora Oliver netted 10 points and seven rebounds to steer the Warriors to an 18-point non-league win over the Tornadoes on Monday night in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Madison Bollig scored eight points for North Union, Cheyanne Boland tallied eight points, while Dena Looft pulled down five rebounds and pocketed six steals.
The Warriors connected on 11 of 32 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 14 from behind the 3-point arc and 15 of 20 at the free throw line.
North Union (9-3, 5-1 Corn Belt) hosts Manson-Northwest Webster on Thursday in Armstrong.
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