The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles haven’t quite hit their stride this season, head coach Pete Smith said, but maybe Thursday night’s win will move them in the right direction. 

Guerin overcame a halftime deficit at home against the Indianapolis Scecina Memorial Crusaders and picked up a 56-50 victory. 

"Overall we did a nice job of staying in front of them defensively,” Smith said. "They were coming off a 102-point outing last Friday and were averaging 69 points a game. We moved much better tonight in our half court defenses, and blocked out well.”

Senior Zach Munson led the Golden Eagles in points with a game-high 18 on 7-of-9 shooting. Fellow senior Clay Hepp finished in double-figures, too, with 10 points.

GC held a 33-15 rebounding advantage in the contest, with guards Kian Sills and Luke Godfrey grabbing eight boards as did Jack Hansen, who dealt with foul trouble throughout. 

After taking a slim 10-8 lead after the first, Guerin’s offense stalled in the second, and the Golden Eagles only managed to score five in the quarter. Scecina outscored Guerin by eight in the quarter and took a 21-15 lead into the half. 

Guerin was able to make a few halftime adjustments, however, and came out of the locker room on fire. The Golden Eagles shot 66 percent (16-of-24) from the field in the second half, and used a 12-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to take their largest lead of the night at 46-34. 

Smith said Hepp sparked the second-half charge by handling the Scecina full court pressure and half-court traps.

Scecina ended the game on a 16-10 run, but Drew Theime's five points in the last three minutes negated any hopes of a comeback for the Crusaders.

Cobie Dillard led Scecina in scoring with 18, and Makylin Brown chipped in with 11. Scecina went 18-of-45 (40 percent) from the floor as a team, including 5-of-22 from behind the arc. 

Guerin shot 53 percent (22-of-41) and made six 3’s. Senior Jack Hansen finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while juniors Luke Godfrey and Kian Sills both scored seven points and pulled in eight boards. 

The Golden Eagles (11-7, 2-2) have now won their last two games and will look to make it three straight Saturday. Guerin hosts North Central (5-9, 1-4) at 1:30 p.m.