Maroon Knights Rout Warriors
Reinbeau records 21 points, 24 rebounds in double-double
WHEELING — In a roller coaster type of season, the Wheeling Central girls basketball team was in need of a boost.
It got one on Monday night as the Maroon Knights ran away with an 89-45 drubbing of visiting Trinity.
Kaylee Reinbeau (6-foot-1) was a nightmare under the boards for the Warriors, who’s tallest player is 5-7, as she collected 18 rebounds in the first 10:36 of action and 24 in the game.
Reinbeau and Hannah White led the Knights with 21 points each.
With the difficult schedule and an injury to all-state guard Eden Gainer, Central coach Penn Kurtz was glad to see his team get a much-needed win.
“We needed one,” Kurtz said. “We’ve had a really tough schedule and a tough go with injuries, so it’s nice to get a game that is a little more relaxed for us. Every game we have been in has been a battle for us.
“Last Thursday, we were actually winning down at Parkersburg Catholic and then Naliah LeKanudos hurt her shoulder and it snowballed after that. So, it’s nice to come in here and get a win at home.”
The Knights (7-6) were off and running from the tip as they opened on a 16-3 run in the first 3:52 as White charted half of those points with a pair of treys.
She delivered 10 points in the opening frame and Reinbeau gathered 10 boards in the first.
“(Reinbeau) is amazing,” Kurtz said. “She has taken her game to a whole new level. Since Eden got hurt, she just kind of said ‘OK’ and it’s been really fun to watch her. You can’t stop her. When she gets on the boards, I don’t know how you box her out.
“What is really great about her is how she sees the floor. She handles the ball like a point guard, she makes passes and makes everybody on the floor better.
“Hannah had a night (Monday), too. She kind of needed that. Teams have been setting up to try to stop her with Eden out, so it’s good for Hannah to get loose and score some points.”
Despite the dominate opening minutes, Trinity didn’t go away as it rattled off a 12-3 run over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to 19-15. White and freshman Elle Canestraro capped the quarter with back-to-back buckets to give the Knights a 23-15 advantage.
The Warriors never got closer. Central generated runs of 9-2 and 8-0 in the second quarter as White put up 19 of her 21 points in the first half, while Reinbeau pulled in 19 boards in the opening half.
“They wanted to run the ball and we didn’t,” Trinity coach Mike Baldy said. “We let them run the ball by taking quick shots and possessions. We talked at halftime about it and we came out and repeated the same mistakes in the second half.
“When you got Reinbeau, White and all their girls — (Marissa Horan) is a good player — when they are finishing out in the open court it’s hard for us to compete with that.”
Reinbeau continued to dominate in the third as she supplied 11 more points to help lift her team to a 68-33 upperhand after three.
The bench took over in the fourth, led by Abbey Jones who garnered 14 points and nine rebounds.
Junior starter Horan accounted for eight points and Reagan Olejasz and Alexis Mills also turned in eight off the bench.
“Everybody got a chance to play (Monday),” Kurtz said. “Hopefully, this will get a little momentum going.”
Central’s speedy defense also forced Trinity into 26 turnovers.
“All we worked on Saturday was our defense,” Kurtz said. “For two hours we just worked on defense. We still gave up 45 points but I thought we were intense on defense.”
Jaclyn Smith paced the Warriors with 21 points, while Olivia Austin accumulated 15.