Gerstell senior Jillian Wilson talks about the Falcons' win over Carroll Christian.
Gerstell Academy put away Carroll Christian in the middle of Monday night’s contest to win its third straight game in a battle of the county’s private school teams.
Senior forward Jillian Wilson and sophomore forward Katie Pettine each scored 14 points on Senior Night, and it was a big one — the Falcons held the Patriots scoreless for two quarters and won going away, 46-8.
“We went with some lineups that just cause havoc on the floor,” said Gerstell coach Shane Stem, whose team forced 28 turnovers. “With the versatility that we have, it allowed us to change up our defenses and get on a run, get stops, open-court layups and buckets in transition.”
The Falcons (11-9) hope to continue their momentum by ending the week with a five-game winning streak. Their season concludes with a home game Wednesday against Mercersburg Academy and a road game Thursday at Francis Scott Key.
“We just want to finish strong, play together, and have some fun,” said Wilson, who was recognized along with Kymiah Carpenter as the Falcons' two seniors.
Gerstell started to take control in the second quarter as the Patriots had four turnovers and in the first three minutes. That allowed Gerstell to extend its lead to 15-6.
After the Falcons’ lead ballooned to 17-6 and Carroll Christian committed its fifth turnover of the period, Reisberg called a timeout with 3:25 remaining.
It didn’t help much.
Gerstell pushed its lead to 23-6 at the break.
The Patriots, who will next play in the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic Conference playoffs on Feb. 22, committed nine turnovers in the second quarter and missed all three of their shots.
Gerstell opened the first quarter with a 4-1 lead in the first 2:30 as the Patriots had three turnovers and missed two shots during that span. But about three minutes later, Carroll Christian’s Erin Delph hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 6. The Patriots wouldn’t score again until Sarah Hendra hit a jumper with 25 seconds left in the game.
Gerstell quickly went back ahead in the first quarter as Emily Fenwick answered with a 3-pointer and Pettine made a layup to put the host ahead 11-6 at the end of it.
“Things are coming together at the right time for us,” Stem said. “The girls are clicking. The chemistry is there. They are playing hard and for each other.”