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Gaels strong in opener

November 21, 2007
By JOSH MEYER, Sports Writer
Behind a strong defensive performance, the St. Edmond girls basketball team opened up their season with a convincing 48-17 home victory over Eagle Grove inside the SEHS gym on Tuesday night.

The Gaels (1-0 overall) forced 30 turnovers in the contest and held the Eagles (0-1) scoreless in both the second and third quarters.

‘‘The girls played well defensively,’’ said St. Edmond head coach Scott Messerly. ‘‘Eagle Grove is a very scrappy team and they played hard, but I thought our guards did a great job of pressuring them into some bad passes and never allowed them to get into a rhythm on the offensive end.’’

Eagle Grove took an early 2-0 lead on a basket by Ashley Willard with 6:54 left in the opening quarter, but the Gaels quickly answered back with their first points of the contest on a jumper by senior Jade Condon.

Another bucket by Condon made the score 4-2 in favor of the Gaels, however, a three-pointer by McKristie Jeske pushed the Eagles back in front, but that would be the final lead of the evening for Eagle Grove as St. Edmond began to pull away from there on.

A triple by senior Nikki Huss gave the Gaels a 7-5 advantage and a Condon baseline jumper at the 1:48 mark of the first period increased the lead to 10-5.

The second quarter belonged to St. Edmond, as the Gaels outscored the Eagles 15-0.

Condon paced the Gaels with six points in the period and finished with 13 at the half, as the Green and White took a commanding 25-5 lead into the locker room.

St. Edmond would start the second half much like the first ended, as a three-point play by Huss extended the margin to 28-5, just 20 seconds into the period.

Consecutive hoops by senior Emily Becker and sophomore Allison Nagel ballooned the Gael lead to 32-5 midway through the third quarter and a layup by Allie Bianchi with just 12 ticks left made the score 36-5 in favor of St. Edmond.

With 5:52 remaining in the game, Jeske knocked down a three-pointer that finally ended a two quarter scoreless drought for the Eagles.

Eagle Grove and St. Edmond would each scored 12 points in the final period, and the Gaels sealed a victory.

‘‘We just didn’t execute well enough offensively or defensively,’’ said Eagle Grove head coach Jason Hoag. ‘‘St. Edmond is a very experienced team and they played well.

‘‘As a team, we need to keep working on our fundamentals and find a way to iron out our problems for the next game’’

The Gaels won the battle on the boards 30-20.

Condon finshed with 13 points to lead the Gaels, while Huss chipped in 10.

Jeske tallied 10 points to pace the Eagles.

Despite committing 21 turnovers of their own, Messerly was proud of his squad’s showing.

‘‘I was really pleased with our effort,’’ said Messerly. ‘‘We played hard the entire game and it’s always nice to start the season with a win.’’

St. Edmond returns to action on Friday, Nov. 30 when they host Humboldt.

Contact Josh Meyer at (515)-573-2141, or by e-mail at

Article Photos

—Messenger photo by Dana Recker

St. Edmond’s Nikki Huss brings the ball down the court as Eagle Grove’s Julie Cherry keeps pace beside her at the Gael gym on Tuesday night. St. Edmond won, 48-17.

Fact Box

St. Edmond 48, Eagle Grove 17
St. Edmond — Jade Condon 6-10 1-2 13, Nikki Huss 4-5 1-2 10, Rachel Coppinger 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Becker 1-4 0-0 2, Allison Nagel 2-5 1-1 5, Allie Bianchi 2-5 0-0 4, Liz Crimmins 0-5 2-2 2, Hannah Gonnerman 1-2 0-0 2, Megan Geitz 1-3 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Barrett 1-3 0-0 2, Shayla Bradley 1-2 0-0 2, Marti Dencklau 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 21-48 5-7 48.
Eagle Grove — Ashley Willard 1-9 0-0 2, Christa Buhr 1-7 0-0 3, McKristie Jeske 3-9 1-2 10, Chelsey Erickson 0-6 0-3 0, Paula Yackle 0-2 1-4 1, Julie Cherry 0-1 1-2 1, Katie Locke 0-3 0-0 0, Brittany Allen 0-3 0-0 0, Katie White 0-0 0-0 0, Sammi Terrell 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 5-40 3-10 17.
Quarter scores: SE led 10-5, 25-5, 36-5. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 1-3 (Condon 0-1, Huss 1-2). Eagle Grove 4-8 (Willard 0-2, Buhr 1-2, Jeske 3-3, Erickson 0-1). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 30, Eagle Grove 20. Turnovers: St. Edmond 21, Eagle Grove 30. Team fouls: St. Edmond 15, Eagle Grove 7.



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