Superior Central rebounds with solid rebounding in nonconference win over Gwinn

EBEN – The Superior Central girls basketball team added a new facet to its usual pressuring defense and good shooting – strong rebounding.

The Cougars ran their season record to 11-0 with a 53-28 victory over Gwinn on Monday evening.

The taller and bigger Modeltowners (2-7) had won the rebounding battle in every game this season, according to first-year coach Ben Olsen, but on this night SC held a 50-30 boards advantage.

“This was a big turnaround from Friday night, when we almost got beat,” Cougars coach Greg Trowbridge said about a 45-44 nailbiter over North Central. “We didn’t rebound well in that game, so we really put a lot of effort into working on the boards.”

And SC kept up its usual press, coming up with 17 steals as a major part of Gwinn’s 21 turnovers, and shooting 42 percent from the field (21 of 50).

Cougars junior Vanessa Freberg led all players with 20 points, 16 rebounds and six steals, though junior teammate Teslyn Tyner also made six steals.

Senior Kelsey Coleman chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds as SC led 11-7 after one quarter and 24-14 at halftime.

Ellie Olsen paced Gwinn with 12 points and seven rebounds.