Gaels roll past Eagles

EAGLE GROVE – Wrapping up their regular season on a high note, the St. Edmond boys basketball team rolled to a 69-47 victory over Eagle Grove Tuesday night.

The Gaels (15-6 overall, 13-5 North Central Conference) were never threatened after jumping out to a 24-11 lead entering the second quarter.

“We came up (to Eagle Grove) and played a good solid basketball game, which is what we needed to do,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “Eagle Grove has been playing people a lot tougher, so this was a good test for us before heading into tournaments.”

Senior Robby Burke recorded his 19th double-double of the season for St. Edmond, contributing 22 points and 10 rebounds.

“I thought Robby really handled the double teams well,” Kochendorfer said. “He’s getting better at passing the ball to the open guy.”

Konrad Laufersweiler (19) and Matthew Bocken (17) were next in line offensively for the Gaels, who prevailed for a third straight game. Laufersweiler also grabbed seven boards, while Landon Peed chipped in 10 assists, six points and five rebounds.

“It’s nice to have another guy (in Bocken) people have to guard,” said Kochendorfer. “Konrad really shot the ball well, too, and was the beneficiary of Robby kicking it back out off double teams.”

For the Eagles (3-18, 1-17), Zach Ploeger led the way with 17 points. Dylan Thielan added nine.

Since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, SEHS has now won nine consecutive meetings against Eagle Grove.

St. Edmond will face the winner of either South Central Calhoun or Pocahontas Area in a Class 2A, District 3 semifinal on Feb. 20 in Rockwell City. The Eagles travel to Ogden on Monday for a 2A, District 4 quarterfinal.