Junior Gabbie Bohl is glad to be back and the Bishop Ryan girls basketball team is glad to have her back.
In her second game back from a nagging knee injury, the 6-foot-2 forward poured in a game-high 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, grabbed five rebounds, swiped four steals and blocked three shots as the Lions ripped Parshall 86-44 on Monday at Bishop Ryan.
Bohl scored the brunt of Ryan’s first-half points with junior forward Hannah Stewart in foul trouble. She accounted for 18 of the Lions’ 38 points before halftime as Ryan held a 38-20 advantage going into the locker room.
“It was awesome watching them play from the bench, but getting back out there and being with the team and helping out felt really good tonight,” Bohl said. “First game back on Saturday was a big emotional game. I really thought I was going to be out for awhile, but doctors said it was OK to play so they cleared me and it felt great to be back.”
The Braves (14-2) hung with Ryan early, staying within 10 points through most of the first half. Stewart picked up her second foul with 3:34 left in the first quarter and Parshall responded with a mini run to close within 16-10.
But the Braves lost one of their top scorers in junior guard Kiara Packineau when she was whistled for her third and fourth fouls 22 seconds apart. Her fourth occurred with nine seconds left in the first quarter. Packineau returned to start the second half and recorded seven points before fouling out with 3:05 left.
Parshall junior forward Cheyenne Packineau stayed out of foul trouble until the final minutes, but struggled down low against Bohl and Stewart. The 6-2 Packineau was limited to five points in the first three quarters and finished with 10. She recorded a game-high 15 rebounds, but turned the ball over seven times.
“We wanted to front her and (have help over the top) and when we did that it threw her off a little,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “She’s a nice player and she works hard. We just had to be aware of where she was.”
Stewart played less than 30 seconds in the second quarter after getting called for her third foul. She didn’t return in the first half, but the Lions (17-0) did just fine without her, outscoring the Braves 20-8 in the second quarter.
“I think there’s nothing worse than sitting on the bench and not being able to go in,” Stewart said. “I just tried to do what I could on the bench to cheer them on, but when I got back in I knew I had to get going because that’s the first time I’ve gotten in pretty bad foul trouble this season and I don’t want to again because I forgot what that feels like.”
With Stewart back on the court in the third quarter, the Lions separated themselves from the Braves. Stewart recorded 10 straight points in the third quarter and had 21 of her 25 points in the second half. Bohl added nine after intermission.
“She’s playing with so much energy and I think the relief she’s OK is putting such a spark in her game right now,” Julie Stewart said of Bohl. “We’re very happy to have her back.”
Said Hannah Stewart of having Bohl back in the lineup: “It’s very nice. I learned a lot when she was out, but I definitely like having my twin tower down low.”
Ryan senior guard Anika Rovig also finished in double figures with 10 points and dished out 10 assists.
Michelle Risan led the Braves with 13 points.
The Lions travel to Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood tonight at 7:15 with the winner clinching District 12’s top seed.
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