Gael girls fight off slow start

HAMPTON – Overcoming a sluggish start, the fifth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond girls basketball team recorded a convincing 53-36 triumph over Hampton-Dumont Tuesday night.

After allowing the first 11 points of the game, the Gaels (13-1 overall, 12-1 in the North Central Conference) outscored the Bulldogs 18-5 the rest of the half. SEHS then pulled away with a 21-4 run in the third quarter.

“I was worried about this game coming in, and we started off kind of slow and couldn’t make any shots,” said St. Edmond head coach Scott Messerly. “I thought rebounding was a big key, though. We probably also had one of our best defensive efforts of the year.”

Alli Huss, a senior, delivered her 10th double-double of the season for the Gaels with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Junior Anna Yung chipped in 13 points and five assists for SEHS, while senior Maddie McCarville added seven points. Jaci Stumpf, another junior, dished out seven assists.

“Our big girls like Madeline (Baldwin), Megan (Flattery) and Clare (Flattery) all did a nice job of guarding Kennedy Wohlford inside,” Messerly said. “We never really let (Jordan) Prantner or (Jessica) Speake have many good looks, either.”

Speake tallied 13 points for Hampton-Dumont, while Prantner chipped in eight.

With the loss, the Bulldogs saw their eight-game winning streak snapped.

In their earlier meeting this season between the two defending NCC co-champions, St. Edmond topped Hampton-Dumont by a 59-45 final.

Next action for the Gaels is Friday at Algona (8-6, 6-5). The Bulldogs cruised to a 48-25 victory Tuesday over Clarion-Goldfield.