Gael girls earn revenge

The sixth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond girls basketball team earned some long-awaited revenge here Tuesday night.

In a battle of defending co-NCC champions, the Gaels (3-0 overall, 3-0 in the league) posted a 59-45 victory over Hampton-Dumont at the SEHS gym.

Last year, St. Edmond dropped both meetings against the Bulldogs. This time around, the Gaels never trailed in a complete performance from start to finish.

“Our girls really didn’t say much about it, but I’m sure (those two previous losses) were in the back of their minds,” SEHS head coach Scott Messerly said. “This was a big win for us against a good Hampton team. My assistants coached well (Tuesday), and our girls played hard all the way until the end.”

Alli Huss, a 5-foot-11 senior, delivered her second straight double-double for the Gaels with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

“Alli stepped up and had another solid game, and Clare Flattery gave us a huge lift off the bench again (Flattery finished with eight points),” said Messerly. “Overall, I was really happy with our guard play, too.”

Junior Anna Yung also collected 16 points for the green and white, while classmate Jaci Stumpf tallied 12. St. Edmond, which overcame early foul trouble, dished out 19 assists as a team, while committing 13 turnovers.

For the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-1), junior Kennedy Wohlford (16) and sophomores Jordan Prantner (13) and Jessica Speake (12) paced the balanced offensive attack.

As a team, Hampton-Dumont shot only 26.8 percent (15-for-56) from the field, including 3 of 23 from behind the arc. Speake, who came in tied for second in 3A in scoring at 23.3 points per game, missed her first 12 attempts before a driving hoop midway through the fourth quarter.

“We had Jaci on (Speake), but after she picked up a couple of early fouls, we matched up in a 2-3 zone (defensively),” Messerly said. “Their guards got to the hoop a lot more than we wanted them to in the second half, so (stopping dribble penetration) is one area we still need to work on.”

St. Edmond built a 16-10 lead after the opening period, while pushing its advantage to double digits at the break. Hampton-Dumont briefly sliced the deficit to just six early in the fourth, however, the Gaels immediately responded with a 10-2 burst to pull away once again.

Next action for SEHS is Friday when it hosts Algona (2-3, 1-2). The Bulldogs were edged by Clarion-Goldfield Tuesday, 55-53.