Leading by five points late in the fourth quarter, the Gaels (3-2 overall, 3-2 in the North Central Conference) saw the Golden Bears (2-4, 2-3) crank up the defense and close out the game on a 9-0 scoring run to seal the victory.
‘‘They really turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter, and it got to us us,’’ said St. Edmond head coach Scott Messerly. ‘‘We didn’t handle the ball real well, and we missed a bunch of easy shots too.’’
Junior Liz Crimmins paced the Gaels with a season-high 14 points, while senior Jade Condon added 11 and sophomore Allison Nagel tallied eight.
Emily Becker also chipped in six points and 13 boards.
Cassie Vautier scored 17 points to lead the Golden Bears and Mandy Kohlhaas had 12.
St. Edmond outrebounded Garrigan 38-29, but committed 29 turnovers to just 22 for the Golden Bears.
‘‘We knew this was going to be a tough environment to play our first road game in,’’ Messerly said. ‘‘I think at times we were a little bit too tentative, against their press and that came back to hurt us in the end. Give credit to them for disrupting us.’’
The Gael JV squad (4-0 overall) earned a 39-33 win over the Golden Bears. Devyn Horbach had nine points, while Marti Dencklau added seven.
Megan Hilbert and Chloe Behr both scored eight points to for Garrigan.
St. Edmond returns to action at Hampton-Dumont on Friday. Tip for the varsity girls contest is set for 6:15 p.m.
Fact BoxBishop Garrigan 54, St. Edmond 50
Bishop Garrigan — Allison Blocker 3, Megan Hilbert 2, Cassie Vautier 17, Mandy Kohlhaas 12, Macy Fickbohm 3, Carrie Courtney 10, Brandi Roethler 3, Bridget Murphy 4.
St. Edmond — Jade Condon 11, Rachel Coppinger 2, Nikki Huss 5, Liz Crimmins 14, Emily Becker 6, Hannah Gonnerman 2, Allie Bianchi 2, Allison Nagel 8.
Quarter scores: BG led 8-7, tied 21-21, tied 36-36. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 3-11 (Condon 2, Huss). Bishop Garrigan 5-20 (Vautier 3, Kohlhaas, Roethler). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 38, Bishop Garrigan 29. Turnovers: St. Edmond 29, Bishop Garrigan 22. Total fouls: St. Edmond 24, Bishop Garrigan 17. Fouled out: Huss