Gael girls continue to roll

The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond girls had little trouble setting up a heavyweight tilt later this week.

Behind three players in double figures, the Gaels ran past Humboldt here Tuesday night, 66-30.

St. Edmond (10-0 overall, 9-0 in North Central Conference) now faces fifth-ranked (3A) Clear Lake on the road Thursday.

Tip for that showdown is set for 5:30 p.m.

Alli Huss scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had eight steals, while Jaci Stumpf contributed 15 points and five steals. Anna Yung chipped in 11.

The Gaels raced out to a commanding 16-2 advantage after the first quarter, hitting 7 of 13 field goals. They forced eight Wildcat (4-5, 4-4) turnovers in that opening eight minutes, creating a handful of easy scoring opportunities en route to the victory.

“We did a lot of things right on defense early in the game, but we also got a little relaxed in the second quarter,” SEHS head coach Scott Messerly said. “Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep the focus there when you are up by 20 points, but we know that isn’t always going to be the case.

“We are going to be tested Thursday against a Clear Lake team that is very similar to us in terms of size and speed.”

St. Edmond has won all 10 of its games this year by double figures, and entered the night seventh in the entire state in terms of point-differential.

Humboldt never threatened, as the Gaels pushed their lead to as many as 30 in the third quarter. Messerly mixed and matched his rotation, something afterwards he admitted might have caused confusion on the floor.

“We had some girls in roles they are not familiar with because of foul trouble early on,” he said. “That is the fault of us coaches. We have to get them prepared for all aspects of the game and we will going forward.”

Both teams committed 30 turnovers on the night, but St. Edmond turned those miscues into 20 points; the Wildcats had just five points off mistakes.

Lauren Friesth led Humboldt with nine points, while Kessa Kuyper added six and eight rebounds.