Eagles slow down Zehner, hand Cavs 1st defeat

CULVER — Culver Girls Academy finally unearthed the key to containing Culver Community senior star Gwen Zehner — don’t even let her touch the basketball.
Using a swarming 1-3-1 zone, the Eagles limited Zehner to 12 points on just eight shot attempts, forced 26 turnovers, and held the previously-unbeaten Cavs to a 23 percent mark from the field in a 62-40 win at John R. Nelson Gymnasium Wednesday.
The Academy’s Andrijana Cvitkovic, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, and 6-3 senior reserve Casey Hall gave the Eagles the height and muscle to handle both the 6-1 Zehner and her teammate, 6-3 Patrice McBee.
“Twelve points is the best we’ve done against Zehner in her four years,” CGA head coach Gary Christlieb said. “I think she scored 27 last year, and the year before I think she scored 30; we’ve struggled to contain her. Tonight we wanted to pressure her, and one of the ways we wanted to do that was to pressure the passing lanes to her.