SE girls cruise

The St. Edmond girls had no trouble earning their ninth consecutive victory over Humboldt Tuesday night, posting a 55-31 victory.

The Gaels (14-2 overall, 13-2 in North Central Conference) will now turn their attention to a pair of key games later this week. Friday night, St. Edmond hosts Clear Lake in what could be a battle to determine the league champion.

On Saturday, the Gaels face Carroll Kuemper, who they could match up with in the postseason next month.

Alli Huss and Hannah Lentsch each scored 13 points for St. Edmond, while Lentsch grabbed eight rebounds and Huss seven. Anna Yung scored 10 and Jaci Stumpf chipped in eight.

“We lost focus there in the second half, but I’m not too worried about that,” SEHS head coach Scott Messerly said. “We know we are going to be tested Friday and Saturday here coming up, and I think our girls are ready to step up to those tests.”

The Gaels used a 13-2 run to claim a 19-5 lead after the first, as Huss scored 11 in the opening eight minutes, including seven straight at one point.

St. Edmond pushed its advantage over the Wildcats (5-10, 4-9) to as many as 26 in the second after an 11-0 burst.

Lauren Friesth and Erica Lane each scored seven to lead Humboldt, while Kessa Kuyper grabbed five boards off the bench.

“I thought we came out and really set the tempo on defense,” Messerly said. “We used what we call a 32 trap and put Alli at the top. That allowed us to contest (Humboldt’s) three-point shooters and make it difficult for them to get any open looks.”

The Wildcats went just 2-for-19 from behind the arc, shooting 27-percent overall from the field. St. Edmond, meanwhile, hit on 14 of 21 field goals in the opening half.

St. Edmond, which has not lost to Humboldt since 2008, will look to make it a clean sweep over Clear Lake on Friday. The Gaels won, 53-34, earlier this year.

The Lions, however, have won six consecutive leagues games since, including a recent 57-35 victory over Hampton-Dumont to force a three-way tie atop the conference standings.

Next up for the Wildcats is a meeting at Clarion-Goldfield.