Sharpshooting Johnson leads Central in women’s basketball win

Central Dutch Athletics

Central Dutch Athletics

PELLA, IOWA— Sometimes the hoop looks like the ocean and Central College junior shooting guard Kaitlyn Johnson (Stockport, Van Buren HS) splashed six threes on her way to a career high 20 points in a 99-82 win over Grinnell College Thursday night.

The Dutch (1-0) drained 14 three pointers, just one shy of a school record and shot 51.9 percent from beyond the arc.

“I thought we did a really nice job of moving the offense and getting good looks all night,” said coach Joe Steinkamp. “Kaitlyn has been shooting the ball really well in our practices and has had two good scrimmages so tonight wasn’t a surprise for us to see her shoot it well.”

Central had six players in double figures, sophomore forward Kendall Brown (Moravia) had 17 points and eight rebounds and senior guard Emily Dine (Oldsmar, Fla., East Lake HS) added 16 points and four assists.

“Kendall’s been great in practices and we expect games like tonight out of her,” said Steinkamp. “I thought Emily hit some timely threes for us. It seemed like every time Grinnell made a run she answered with a clutch shot.”

Senior guard Alison Malaby (Mechanicsville, North Cedar HS) chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists and senior forward Jackie Kriegel (Marengo, Iowa Valley HS) had a statistical double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kriegel had six points and nine rebounds after the first quarter but was limited the rest of the game due to foul trouble.

“I thought Alison played really well for us tonight and Jackie is an emotional leader for us,” said Steinkamp. “Jackie got into foul trouble and you could tell that our defense changed when she wasn’t on the floor.”

Senior guard Jessica Helton (Nevada) had 10 points and dished out seven assists.

“Jessica was a great floor general for us tonight,” said Steinkamp.

The Dutch won the rebound battle 51-34 over the Vikings (1-1).

Central travels to Mankato, Minn. Saturday for a clash with Bethany Lutheran College at 4 p.m. The Vikings enter the matchup coming off a season opening 89-67 win over Waldorf University.

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