SE girls roll again

The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond girls were never threatened Friday night vs. Iowa Falls-Alden.

Behind a 23-0 start to the game, the Gaels shifted into cruise control early, claiming a 58-26 victory – their fourth win of the season by at least 30 points.

Alli Huss scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and added six steals, while Jaci Stumpf scored 14 and dished out three assists. Anna Yung added 13 for St. Edmond (6-0 overall, 6-0 in North Central Conference), which closes out the pre-break portion of its schedule at South Hamilton tonight.

“I was really happy with how we played in that first half,” SEHS head coach Scott Messerly said. “We got into a good tempo, pressed and played our style of basketball.

“Things got a little rough there in the second half, but when you are up and trying to mix in new girls, that’s bound to happen.”

The Gaels converted 13 first-half turnovers by the Cadets (2-7, 2-4) into 19 points, jumping out to a commanding 27-6. The defense didn’t allow a field goal to be attempted until the 2:25 mark of the first quarter.

By that time, St. Edmond had hit 10 of 15 shots, as Yung tallied nine and both Huss and Stumpf scored eight in the opening eight minutes.

“We moved the ball well and constantly found the open shooter,” Messerly said. “Jaci did a nice job of working to the open spot and hitting the mid-range jumper – which she has the green-light to shoot.”

Leading by 35 after the intermission, the Gaels hit a bit of a roadblock, missing on 10 of 11 shots. Messerly subbed in five new players at one time just to remind his starters to remain in the game mentally.

“It’s hard to not look at the scoreboard in that kind of situation and keep the pressure on,” he said. “We just have to remain focused at all times and do what we do best.

“Anytime you get a win, it’s a good feeling.”

Saje Ites, a sophomore, led Iowa Falls-Alden with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Gaels have now won six in a row in the series.

Action in Jewell tips earlier than usual at 5 p.m. this evening. South Hamilton lost to Gilbert last night, 51-27.