GHEC too tough inside for USC

Published 1:04 am Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The post play of Granada-Huntley-East Chain was too much for the United South Central girls’ basketball team to handle Monday night in a 64-50 loss in Wells.

The Mustang duo of Alyssa and Ashlyn Cegelske made life miserable inside the paint for the Rebels defense as their size was difficult to combat. Alyssa, a 6-foot-2 center, scored a game-high 22 points while Ashyln, a 6-foot forward scored 10 points.

The two gave G-H-EC (17-5 overall) an advantage on the glass as well, as the Mustangs outrebounded the Rebels (13-12 overall) 35-27 in the game.

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USC head coach Stu Hendrickson switched his defense to a 2-3 zone midway through the second half to slow down the Cegelskes, but by then it was too late.

“We don’t match up with those two big girls so we had to try something different,” Hendrickson said.

The Rebels trailed by nine at the break, but that deficit grew to as much as 16 during the second half.

USC tried to push the pace early and attack the basket but found little success.

“We knew they didn’t use their bench and they didn’t use their bench,” Hendrickson said. “We thought that would be to our advantage and try to draw some fouls and wear them down a little bit.”

The game plan to wear the Mustangs down didn’t work as according to plan for the Rebels in the first half. While they pushed the ball up court, they weren’t able to find buckets down low and were forced to settle for jump shots.

“What we didn’t do was attack the basket,” Hendrickson said. “We’d get up and down the court, but we didn’t get the ball inside, could’ve been a complete different game if they got in foul trouble in the first half instead of the second.”

G-H-EC used just six players in the game and only one player fouled out, but Alyssa Cegelske did play with four fouls for much of the second half.

The Rebels got in foul trouble as well with starting post players Val Sahr and Sabrina Bushlack picking up their fourth fouls six minutes into the second half.

Sahr was limited to seven points and just two in the first half while Bushlack finished with just six points.

With so much attention being paid to the Mustang post players Lindsay Stennes was able to take advantage of the open space and scored 16 points for G-H-EC.

Ciara Christenson led USC with 12 points, nine of which came in the first half on three 3-point field goals.

The Rebels had 16 turnovers in the game.

“We just don’t start well,” Hendrickson said. “We have to come out a lot more aggressive to start games.”

USC plays Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Thursday in its regular season finale. Section tournament seeding will be completed Wednesday.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain 64, USC 50

GHEC 36 28 — 64

USC 27 23 — 50

GHEC scoring: Alyssa Cegelske 22, Lindsay Stennes 16, Stephanie Stensland 12, Ashlyn Cegelske 10, Carissa Wiess 2, Becky Petrowiak 2.

USC scoring: Ciara Christenson 12, Danielle Koestler 8, Taylor Allis 7, Val Sahr 7, Lindsey Dahl 6, Sabrina Bushlack 6, Kayla Stenzel 4.