No. 6 Gaels cruise in opener

EAGLE GROVE – Behind a balanced team effort, the sixth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond girls opened their season with a 75-26 victory over Eagle Grove Tuesday night.

Anna Yung paced the defending co-North Central Conference champion Gaels (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the NCC) with 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

Alli Huss (20), Drue Specht (12) and Madeline Baldwin (10) each scored in double figures as well for SEHS. Jaci Stumpf also dished out a single-game school record 19 assists.

“We came out and pressed (the Eagles) right away and benefited from getting out and running,” said Gael head coach Scott Messerly. “We played hard all night, and we really dominated on the boards.”

The Gaels jumped out to a commanding 25-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, while extending their advantage to 50-7 at the break. Due to the 35-point differential rule, the clock ran continously throughout the second half.

“We’ve had a lot of good scrimmages, and we really looked good for the first game of the year,” Messerly said. “Defensively, we played as well in the halfcourt as we did in the fullcourt.”

Kylee Almond finished with nine points for the Eagles (0-1, 0-1), while Megan Crail added eight points.

St. Edmond will next face intra-city rival Fort Dodge in a Hall of Pride scrimmage on Saturday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at FDSH.