EVANSVILLE — By passing a test, Gibson Southern basketball girls made this no contest Tuesday night.
“We were coming off of a big win (45-44) at Vincennes Lincoln Saturday night, and the question after a big win is, can you come back with the same level of focus and intensity? Our girls did that,” Lady Titan coach Mark Monroe said after Tuesday night's 62-16 win at Evansville Reitz.
In giving themselves a 2-1 record to take Friday night to Princeton Community, the Lady Titans scored the night's first 33 points, including a 25-0 first quarter. They kept the Lady Panthers, who fell to an 0-6 record, scoreless until sophomore MacKenzie Groven hit a three point shot with 5:22 left in the second quarter. Thus a 10:38 scoreless hold by Gibson Southern.
Five-foot-7 left-handed sophomore Claire Jones score a game-high 22 points including four threes, 5-10 classmate Tabby Klem scored 20 with four treys — 19 of Jones’s points and 16 of Klem’s in the 44-5 first half.
“We wanted a great start and our first quarter was tremendous. That set the tempo for the night,” Monroe said.
“Our girls played very unselfishly. They moved the ball really well.”
5-10 sophomore Meredith Raley scored seven points. Senior guard Skylar Boes settled for one point, but set the offense in motion with her floor leadership and several assists.
Sophomore sub Brooke Goedde matched the four points by classmate and starter by Shay Witten, while subs Bryn Wilzbacher and Jordyn Graham each scored two.
Sophomore Jada Compton led Retiz with four points.
Now the Lady Titans turn their focus to Princeton, and Monroe sees no letdown in focus against the arch-rival.
“Princeton plays as hard as any team I have seen this season. They’re a wonderful team that puts a lot of pressure on you. Kiare Young is a solid player with lots of experience and Hannah Sisk is a very solid player as a freshman. She had a big night against Bosse,” Monroe said.
The Lady Titans varsity win capped a triple header sweep. Coach Ron Kahle's JV team raised their record to 2-1, 49-38. Freshman Kami Miller scored 16 points including a three, and sophomore Hallie Fleetwood scored 14 before each saw varsity team as a sub. Sophomore Ellie Maikranz, who also saw varsity minutes, scored nine. Freshman Xavieria Cole, also a varsity sub, led Reitz JV with 12. Gibson Southern freshman, coached by Randy Graham won their season opener 47-14 in Tuesday’s opener. Freshman Carson Kruse scored 13 points, Miller 10. Freshman and coaches daughter Laynie Graham scored nine including a three. Emily Birdewell scored 12 of Reitz 14 points.
The Reitz coaching staff, headed by Gary Loveless, includes Niece Mikyla Beach, former Wood Memorial athlete.