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High school girls basketball: McHenry's Gscheidle pours in 28 points in senior night win over Crystal Lake Central

In last home game, McHenry senior ends season on high note

Izzy Gscheidle
Izzy Gscheidle

McHENRY – Early in the third quarter, McHenry girls basketball coach Rob Niemic told Warriors guard Izzy Gscheidle, “You can go get 30 if you want.”

Gscheidle – who had 11 points at the time – nearly proved her coach right Friday. She scored 17 points in the second half and finished her last career home game with 28 points on senior night. McHenry beat Crystal Lake Central, 66-48.

“It feels amazing,” Gscheidle said. “I’m really happy. It makes everything worth it. I’ve worked so hard to get here and it just means everything for me. I’m going to miss it here.”

She was two points shy of the bar Niemic set for her, but the coach was happy to see her sharing the ball with her teammates in the final minutes.

“If I’d have left her out there a minute or two longer, she would of [scored 30],” Niemic said. “At the end, she could have got 30 but she was out there trying to hit her teammates, trying to get passes to kids who maybe don’t score as many points.”

All five McHenry seniors started the game: Gscheidle, Autry Hartfield, Jamie Howie, Megan Cooper and Hope Wenk. The same five shared some time on the floor again near the end of the game before they were subbed out in the final minutes.

“Anytime you win on senior night, it’s special,” Niemic said. “These five kids that we’ve got here have invested a lot of time and energy.”

Friday's game was even through the first quarter. Central’s Maddie Haslow made three 3s in the first quarter to propel the Tigers (15-11, 7-9) to an early lead.

The Warriors (21-10, 11-5) stepped up the defensive pressure in the second quarter and capitalized off Tigers turnovers.

“Defensively we played well, but they just out-rebounded us and got too many second-chance shots and too many points off turnovers,” Central coach Derek Crabill said.

Crabill felt his team played well outside of the second quarter, where it was outscored 21-8. Gscheidle was tough to stop, too.

“We didn’t do a very good job of making her work at first,” Crabill said. “When you have a player like that, once they get in a rhythm, they’re going to go.”

McHenry was coming off a one-point loss to Crystal Lake South on Wednesday. The Warriors scored only 40 points in what was just the seventh win of the year for the Gators.

Niemic said the Warriors left that game with a bad taste in their mouths.

“They didn’t enjoy their practice yesterday,” Niemic said of his team. “But I think they enjoyed this evening. Sometimes you’ve got to learn hard lessons to reap bigger benefits.”

Besides her 28 points, Gscheidle pulled in eight rebounds. McHenry’s Katie Beyer scored 19 and had 10 rebounds. Ava Interrante added 10 points.

For Central, Haslow led the way with 18 points. Cori Hamill scored nine. Emma Fleming and Megan Wozniak each scored eight.

STAR OF THE GAME

Izzy Gscheidle, McHenry, sr., G

On senior night, the Warriors senior guard poured in 28 points to lead McHenry to a victory, 66-48, over Crystal Lake Central. Gscheidle made 12 total field goals, including three 3-pointers, and went 1 for 1 from the free-throw line.

THE NUMBER

5: All five McHenry seniors started the game. "You’ve got to honor that," coach Rob Niemic said. "They deserved it. That’s something that isn’t just given, it’s earned."

AND ANOTHER THING …

The Warriors finish the regular season in third in the Fox Valley Conference, after winning the conference title a year ago. McHenry was four games behind conference champion Hampshire.

McHenry 66, Crystal Lake Central 48

CLC 11 8 14 15 – 48

McH 12 21 21 12 – 66

CL CENTRAL (48): Hamill 3 2-3 9, Lichte 0 0-0 0, Fleming 3 2-6 8, Wozniak 3 2-5 8, Haslow 6 2-2 18, Penza 1 1-2 3, Geske 0 0-0 0, Douros 0 0-0 0, Keller 0 2-2 2. Totals: 16 11-20 48.

3-point goals: 4 (Haslow 4).

McHENRY (66): Gscheidle 12 1-1 28, Hartfield 0 2-2 2, Howie 0 0-3 0, Cooper 0 1-4 1, Wenk 0 0-0 0, Interrante 4 2-3 10, Beyer 7 5-6 19, Wachter 1 0-0 3, Maye 0 0-0 0, Hanley 1 0-1 2, Cermak 0 1-2 1, Hoy 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 12-22 66.

3-point goals: 4 (Gscheidle 3, Wachter 1).

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