Battle Creek-It was a thrilling night of High School Basketball on 107.9 the Bull Tuesday night as both games between GACC and Battle Creek came down to final shots.
The Bluejay Girls held on for a 67-66 win over the Bravettes while the Brave boys outlasted GACC 54-52.
In the girls game, the Bluejays staked claim to a 9-3 lead before Battle Creek battled back and took the lead before GACC regained it again to go up 17-14 at the end of one.
Both teams put up 17 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 34-31 in favor of the Bluejays.
The Bravettes won the 3rd quarter 16-14 to make it a 48-47 game at the end of three.
GACC eventually got up 64-61 in the 4th quarter before the game was tied at 64 and 66.
Ally Plagge knocked down a free throw at the end of the game to provide the difference for the Bluejays.
Battle Creek had a couple of chances underneath their own basket in the final seconds, but a last second shot by Riley Seifert came after the buzzer, securing the win for GACC.
S&W Welding Player of the Game Sophia Hass paced GACC with a team-high 19 points. Teammate Maddie Bracht added 18 while Chartwest Bank Sportsmanship Award Winner Angela Jansen chipped in 14.
Seifert poured in a game-high 27 points for the Bravettes. Madaline Taake added 12 while MaKenna Taake and Paytyn Taake notched 11 and 10, respectively.
GACC Head Coach Jerry Stracke says it was a wild back and forth affair. “We knew coming into the game that they were going to get some easy baskets against us. And at the end we were able to knock down some free throws. I mean they had their chances to win. And we’re very fortunate to come away with the win.”
The Bluejays improve to 12-3 on the season and take on O’Neill on the road Thursday night. The Bravettes fall to 8-6 and battle Laurel-Concord-Coleridge on the road Thursday night.
In the boys game, GACC got out to a lead in the first quarter before Battle Creek went up 16-15 after one.
The Braves won the 2nd quarter 14-11 to take a 30-26 lead into the locker room.
Battle Creek opened up a 10-point 3rd quarter lead, starting the period on a 6-0 run to go up 36-26 before the Bluejays outscored the Braves 16-9 the rest of the quarter to close within 3 at 45-42 at the end of three.
GACC’s Ben Ulrich had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but a three-pointer was errant and came up short as Battle Creek hung on for the win.
Ulrich led all scorers with 25 points and was the S&W Welding Player of the Game for the Bluejays. Cody Steffen added 10 while Nate Niewohner and Adam Reeson totaled 8 and 7, respectively.
Reeson was the Chartwest Bank Sportsmanship Award Winner.
GACC Head Coach Alex Stieren says Ulrich was feeling it. “Ben’s been on the last couple of games, he’s really come in big for us. And it’s one of those things that we make sure when kids shoot that most of time we know most of them can make it, and we just keep after them, keep shooting, keep shooting, they’ll start falling. And fortunately for Ben they started falling.”
Slate Kraft led Battle Creek with 15 points while Payton Frederick notched 10. Luke Stueve and Dylan Mettler each added 8 points for the Braves.
Battle Creek improves to 8-5 on the season and takes on Laurel-Concord-Coleridge on the road Thursday night.
GACC falls to 2-11 on the year and travels to O’Neill on Thursday.