Galena girls basketball stuns Centennial
November 29, 2007
The Galena High girls basketball team pulled off the first stunning upset of the season and sent a message that it could be an NIAA 4A State power in the process.
Galena shocked perennial state power Centennial 56-47 on Thursday. The win was especially surprising since Centennial lost only one key player from last year’s team that went 33-4.
“It was unexpected I would think,” Galena coach Karen Friel said. “It was a very nice win.”
The game also wasn’t as close as the final score as the Grizzlies built a 32-18 halftime lead and led 48-32 after three quarters. Galena was never seriously threatened.
“They didn’t shoot the ball very well and that really helped us,” Friel said. “But we kept playing hard. I was proud of them.”
The difference of the game came at the foul line where Galena was 27-for-38 while Centennial was just 1-of-7. “We got to the basket and just really attacked them, got to the line,” Friel said.
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Friel said another key to the game was her team’s rebounding. “They’re one of the best offensive rebounding teams,” she said. “Our kids did a pretty good job of boxing out.”
Hayley Jensen scored 12 points, Langley Iverson had 10 points and Colleen Kern and Emily Burns each added nine points for Galena.
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