Balanced New Riegel gets 1st win

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel coach Cindy Walerius was not sure if she had four girls reach double digit points or not.

She was equally as happy to hear that four starters had indeed scored more than 10 points apiece.

Senior Brianna Gillig again led the charge with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Jackets topped Colonel Crawford, 55-34, in non-league action Tuesday.

“I think our man-to-man defense, once we switched to it from our zone defense, caused them issues,” Walerius said. “When we were in the zone, Colonel Crawford put four shooters out and we just could not match up very well. We knew they could hit threes.”

Gillig had just three points in the first quarter and sat for the final part of the fourth quarter as New Riegel (1-1) was in firm control.

“At first, we had trouble getting the ball inside and Colonel Crawford was sticking to me like glue,” Gillig said. “We ended up going to other players and everybody played really well.”

It was the Eagles (0-3) that jumped out early. Rachel Ritzhaupt and Danielle Horsley each canned 3-pointers to put Colonel Crawford ahead, 7-2. Later, Kaitlyn Kirian split two free throws and Gillig got her only bucket of the first quarter off of a steal. After the Eagles committed one of their 20 turnovers, Kristin Coleman was fouled, made the bucket, and added the free throw to give the Blue Jackets their first lead of the game.

Gillig split two throws and Brooklyn Gillig scored off of a nice bounce pass to give New Riegel a 13-9 lead after one quarter.

Hailey Miller connected on a 3-pointer to open the second quarter, but that was only one of two shots the Eagles hit in the quarter. Brianna Gillig made two free throws and a 3-pointer for an 18-12 lead. Coleman added two buckets in the final two minutes to boost the Blue Jackets’ lead to 22-14 at halftime.

“I am pretty happy with getting four girls in double figures. I think everybody stepped up tonight and we did not have just one scorer and that made the difference,” Walerius said. “That takes some of the pressure off of Bri. I think the rest of the girls stepped up and showed they can score and that is good.”

New Riegel opened the second half on an 8-2 run, prompting a timeout from Colonel Crawford coach Kyle Fenner. After a 3-pointer from Jenna Maddy, Brooklyn Gillig scored three consecutive buckets, including two directly off of steals. Brianna Gillig scored twice more as New Riegel opened a 40-24 lead after three quarters.

“Kristin Coleman played really well for us,” Brianna Gillig said. “Four girls in double digits is good for any team. It was good to see everyone shooting tonight.”

Brooklyn Gillig finished with 12 points, while Coleman had 11 points. Kirian tallied 10 points for the Blue Jackets, who made 18 of 28 free throws.

“Our girls know when we need a basket who to go to,” Walerius said. “There are certain plays we call when we pound it inside to Bri, especially when there is a mismatch. The other girls look to Bri a lot, but yet tonight, they were looking to other players, which makes us a much better team.”

Ritzhaupt topped Colonel Crawford with 12 points.