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Sacred Heart's defense dominates in win over Goodridge-Grygla

Given a choice between making baskets or blocking opponents' shots, Katelyn Rudolph has no doubt about her preference.

"(Blocking shots) is more fun,'' the East Grand Forks Sacred Heart High School senior said. "It makes other teams mad.''

Despite scoring only six points Thursday, Rudolph had a big impact. Her 10 blocked shots anchored the defense as Sacred Heart defeated visiting Goodridge-Grygla 50-19 in girls basketball.

"I think (blocked shots) frustrate teams. A lot,'' said Rudolph, who also had five steals in the win. "I'm always trying to disrupt shots.''

The 6-foot-2 Rudolph, who averages 2.3 blocks a game, dominated the lane against a G-G team that didn't start anybody taller than 5-9. She had seven blocks in the first half alone, as the Eagles jumped to a 20-0 lead and led 29-7 at halftime. It was the second time this season she's had 10 blocks in a game.

As a team, the Eagles had almost as many blocks (15) as the Chargers had points with Rudolph leading the defense. "That's a lot in a game for us,'' Sacred Heart coach Jessica Remer said of the team's blocked shot total.

"With Katelyn's presence, her height, she alters shots, too. It's her height and her reach that makes her a shot blocker. She has long arms. She'll jump (to block) sometimes, but most of her blocks are just standing straight up with her arms extended.''

Jessica Remer scored 18 points and Sydney Lloyd added 13, including three of the Eagles' five 3-point baskets, as Sacred Heart improved to 13-7.

The 1-17 Chargers were paced by Carlye Kiesow, who scored six points. Goodridge-Grygla is playing without four injured players, three of whom were starters.

"Those are pretty big losses,'' G-G coach Elroy Johnsrud said. "Maci (Bakken) is our big scorer. Amy (Wiskow) is our point guard and runs our offense.''

For the Chargers, the game was a lesson to be learned—don't challenge the 6-foot-2 shot blocker.

"Our girls have to learn they can't just drive and shoot against big kids,'' Johnsrud said. "She (Rudolph) is a heck of a talent on defense.''