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Girls basketball: SWU loses tight one, 61-59

OKABENA — Riding the hot long-range shooting of 5-10 senior forward Emily Zaharia, Granada-Huntley-East Chain stormed out to a lead as large as 17 points in the first half before Southwestern United rallied to tie the score several times late in the second half Friday night.

The Mustangs (10-10), however, prevailed with a 61-59 girls basketball victory and snapped a six-game winning streak by the Wildcats (14-6).

Zaharia fired in five three-pointers in the first half, helping G-H-EC claim a 37-29 lead at intermission. She drilled one more trey in the second half, finishing with a game-high 22 points. Rachel Shumski, a talented 6-0 sophomore, scored 12 points for the Mustangs.

SWU received another fine all-around game from 6-2 junior guard Courtney Place (21 points, seven rebounds, seven blocks, three assists, three steals), while both 5-11 sophomore forward Andrea Hinkeldey (12 points, team-high 12 rebounds) and 5-9 junior forward Kailey Wendland (nine points, five assists, four steals) were also contributors in multiple ways.

Wildcat guards Gabi Stenzel (seven first-half points) and Autumn Hinkeldey (six points, four-of-four at the free throw line) played well and combined for 13 of SWU’s points.

The Wildcats play a key conference game against Red Rock Central (11-9, 7-6) at Lamberton Tuesday.

G-H-EC  37 61

SW United   29 59