Gael girls face West Marshall

The sixth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond girls will look to move one step closer to securing their first state basketball berth since 1978 inside their own gym when they welcome West Marshall.

Tip in this 2A, Region 6 semifinal is set for 7 p.m.

Awaiting either the Gaels (20-2 overall) or Trojans (9-13) will be the winner of Des Moines Christian (18-4) and Van Meter (16-6) on Monday night in Boone for one of eight state spots.

St. Edmond opened postseason play this past Tuesday with a convincing 79-23 victory over South Hamilton.

Alli Huss recorded a career-high 34 points, shooting 15-for-23 from the field. Jaci Stumpf scored 18 and Anna Yung 12, as the Gaels raced out to a 24-9 lead and never looked back.

“Our girls have been playing well as of late,” SEHS head coach Scott Messerly said. “I have a lot of confidence in anybody I put out there on the floor.”

Huss, Stumpf and Yung have been the focal point to an offensive unit averaging 64 points a night. Seven times this year they have scored over 70, going 6-1 in those games.

Huss, one of two seniors on the roster with Maddie McCarville, leads SEHS at 19 points per game. Yung is right behind at 18.7, while Stumpf sits at 11.4 – with a state-best 191 assists.

West Marshall edged CMB-Baxter in overtime to move on earlier this week. They have won four of six entering tonight behind a very youth-led team.

Sophomore Gabby Ryerson leads the way at almost 15 points a night, shooting 50-percent from the field. Along with classmate Madisen Streeter, the duo scored 30 of their teams 47 points vs. CMB.

“I’ve been in that situation as a coach with young players and you never quite know how they are going to react in this type of situation,” Messerly said. “Hopefully, with our experience and defensive pressure, we can cause some problems.”

Rachel Freland transferred to Monroe-PCM after nine games this year. The junior was averaging 18 points.

“They play a lot of 2-3 zone with a couple of big girls in the middle,” Messerly said. “We are going to have to get in the lane and shoot the ball well.”

Scoring has been an issue for the Trojans, as they have been held under 40 points seven times. As a team, West Marshall is shooting just 22-percent from the three-point line and 37-percent from the floor.

Playing on their own court has treated St. Edmond well. Since 2009, they are 50-6 at home, including a 10-1 record this year.