ELKHART — It was an NLC sweep for the Goshen Redskins Friday night at North Side Gym in Elkhart.
The Goshen boys welcomed back sophomore guard Brady Bechtel back into the lineup as three Redskins scored in double figures, including a career-high 20 from junior Jack Gingerich, in a 63-51 win over the Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers.
In the girls game, the Goshen Redskins posted a 44-40 come-from-behind victory as senior Deja Felder scored a team-high 11 points and freshman Aylissa Trosper chipped in with 10.
Bechtel had missed the last 10 games due to a knee injury.
“Brady’s presence on the floor gives us more confidence,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said. “He helped our guards with the ball handling. Jack (Gingerich) didn’t have to do as much tonight. We had two point guards on the floor.
“We’ve been having guys do more things than they should have and Brady’s return relieved some of that stress.”
Gingerich had a good game shooting the ball as he was 6-of-10 (4-of-6 from 3-point range) and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
Junior Austin Woolett added 13 points for the Redskins and Bechtel contributed 11.
Goshen outrebounded the Chargers 29-16. Senior Alex Haney had 11 rebounds and classmate Deric Haynes eight.
“We blocked out well and rebounded well,” Bechtel said. “Haney is a player we want in the lineup because of his rebounding.”
Haynes scored four points in the game, but dished out five assists.
“Haynes had excellent shot selection,” Bechtel said. “He is a player the other team keys on. Tonight he made some good passes. Tonight Deric was a great rebounder and a great passer.”
Senior Alex Hartsough came off the bench to score eight points and sophomore Cam Kline tossed in three in a reserve role.
“Alex and Cam gave us some valuable minutes off the bench,” Bechtel said.
Memorial led 12-10 after one period. Goshen connected four times from 3-point range in the second period and surged to a 29-20 halftime advantage. The Redskins were up 43-30 after three periods.
“We got contributions from every one tonight,” Bechtel said. “Our confidence level was good and all the guys played their roles. The guys are back in the roles that we spent last summer working on. We’ve had to change them four times this season due to injuries.”
Junior Cameron Maxwell netted 20 points and classmate Dimitri Giger 10 to lead the Chargers.
“We played our normal base defense. We didn’t do anything special on Giger,” Bechtel said. “At times our defense can make a player search for shots. The defense also helped us control the tempo of the game.”
Goshen (5-8, 1-4 NLC) hosts Mishawaka and Memorial (6-8, 3-2 NLC) entertains South Bend Riley, both on Tuesday.
The Goshen girls were tied with Memorial 9-9 at the end of the first quarter before falling behind 22-11 at halftime. Goshen came out of the locker room with a new determination in the third stanza and scored the first 12 points to take a 23-22 with 3:31 left in the third. It was Goshen’s first lead since 9-7 at 1:37 of the first.
“We told the girls at halftime that we couldn’t let one bad quarter decide the game,” Goshen coach Lenny Krebs said. “We told them they were taking good shots in the first half, but they were just not making them. There was nothing left to lose so we relaxed and came out in the third and just played ball.”
Goshen outscored Memorial 33-11 in the second half.
“We stepped up and made plays,” Krebs said. “It was by far the best half we’ve played this season. The girls said it was a fun game to play and I told them it was a fun game to watch.”
Junior Kayci Troyer added eight points for the Redskins, junior Leslie Vanlandingham six and sophomore Olivia Love five.
Senior Khadijah Moore tossed in 16 points to lead the Chargers.
“Memorial is a very athletic team and those are the type of teams we generally struggle with,” Krebs said. “This game showed we can play with teams like that.”
Goshen missed some chances from the line early in the fourth, but Felder and freshman Ashton Ellis both made key freebies down the stretch, Felder made a pair at :37 to give the Redskins a 42-38 lead and Ellis two at :13 to account for the final margin of victory.
“We were clutch down the stretch,” Krebs said. “It was important for Deja and Ashton to hit those free throws so we could keep it a two-possession game,”
Goshen (9-8, 2-4 NLC) hosts South Bend Adams on Monday. It’s “Senior Night” as the Redskins recognize Felder and Christina Gipson.
Memorial (5-9, 2-3 NLC) hosts Northridge today.