Giedemanns guide Washington Twp. past Shawnee

Kelly Giedemann had six points, three steals, and a technical foul.
Kelly Giedemann had six points, three steals, and a technical foul. (CHRIS MELCHIORRE / For The Inquirer)
Posted: February 01, 2014

Kelly Giedemann stopped in her tracks and didn't even look at the referee before slamming the ball down so hard that it almost bounced over the backboard.

For a moment, the gym went silent.

This was a new one.

"I don't even know what came over me," Giedemann said.

Immediately, she apologized to the referee. She blushed. She went back to the game.

But there was no denying: Giedemann's reaction to being whistled for traveling midway through the fourth quarter, resulting in a technical foul, was a rare glimpse into the fierce competitiveness that fuels Giedemann and her twin, Kylie.

This was the emotion they've so successfully channeled throughout their careers, the passion that's rarely visible through their ice cold demeanors on a basketball court.

"We're a senior team, a veteran team. We don't get discouraged. We pride ourselves on knowing how to handle these situations," said Kelly Giedemann, who ultimately helped her Washington Twp. team grind out a 53-46 road win over Shawnee on Thursday.

Kelly Giedemann, the team's floor general, finished with six points and three steals. Kylie Giedemann chipped in 23 points and five steals.

"We always just describe our team as all business," Kylie Giedemann said. "And we were able to make adjustments and pull out a great win."

Everything outside of Kelly's technical foul was vintage Washington Township (10-2). The Minutemaids won thanks to scrappy, tough play on both ends and iced the game by hitting all six of their fourth-quarter free throws.

"This was a physical, tough game, which is what we expect when we play Shawnee," said senior forward Jess Monte, who netted 11 points.

Monte helped keep Shawnee's Nikola Williams, one of South Jersey's most dangerous scorers, in check.

Williams (10 points) scored the game's first five points - her three-pointer was an omen of what was to come. Shawnee hit a whopping nine threes, including six by guard Jenn Byrne (team-high 18 points).

Hot shooting consistently kept Shawnee (9-3) competitive, helping the Renegades take a three-point lead into halftime after trailing by 10 earlier in the quarter.

"We played well in spurts, but we had some letdowns," Shawnee coach Christina McGovern said.

"And against a great team like Washington Township, you're not going to be successful that way."

Washington Township mounted furious runs in the beginning of the third and fourth quarters to hold off the Renegades.

Washington Twp. 18 8 11 16 - 53

Shawnee 13 16 9 8 - 46

WT: Jess Monte 11, Erin Rafter 8, Kylie Giedemann 23, Ciara Keitt 1, Kelly Giedemann 6, Brianna Capa 4.

S: Olivia Askin 4, Jenn Byrne 18, Karissa Mansure 6, Nikola Williams 10, Taylor Ryan 4, Kristina Cugliotta 3, Jenna Hofner 1.