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Gaels make strong debut

November 21, 2012
By DANA BECKER - Messenger Sports Writer (sports@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

The St. Edmond girls basketball team used a suffocating defensive effort to put away Eagle Grove early Tuesday night in their season opener.

The Gaels turned 31 Eagle turnovers into 20 points, claiming a 59-27 victory inside the SEHS gym.

Sophomores Jaci Stumpf and Anna Yung paced St. Edmond (1-0 overall, 1-0 in North Central Conference) with 15 points each, while Hannah Lentsch added 10 and Alli Huss contributed seven.

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Photo by Tom Vogt

St. Edmond’s Jaci Stumpf drives against Eagle Grove on Tuesday night inside the Gael gym.

Stumpf and Yung had all-around games, as Stumpf swiped four steals and dished out eight assists, while Yung had four steals and five assists. Lentsch grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

"We had to mix a few things up there early in the game, and those sophomores really came through for us," said SEHS head coach Scott Messerly. "Jaci and Anna had really strong games. We were able to make a run there and put distance between us and Eagle Grove."

After taking a 16-5 advantage following the first, the Gaels held the Eagles (0-1, 0-1) without a field goal until the 2:22 mark in the second. St. Edmond outscored Eagle Grove 18-9 in the quarter, and 37-12 before the clock sounded ending the third.

Fact Box

ST. EDMOND 59, EAGLE GROVE 27

St. Edmond - Maddie McCarville 1-1 0-0 2, Jaci Stumpf 6-11 3-3 15, Anna Yung 6-12 3-3 15, Hannah Lentsch 4-10 2-4 10, Alli Huss 2-7 2-2 7, Madeline Baldwin 1-4 0-0 2, Clare Flattery 1-1 0-0 2, Brigid Hanley 1-3 0-0 2, Drue Specht 1-2 0-1 2, Emily Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Shannon Flaherty 1-1 0-0 2, Maggie Fitzgerald 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Waddell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-52 10-14 59.

Eagle Grove - Sam Kruckenberg 1-5 0-2 2, Kylee Almond 1-3 0-0 2, Megan Crail 1-4 5-11 7, Lexi Miller 4-6 0-1 8, Beth Mork 3-3 0-1 6, Josie Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Spellmeyer 0-0 2-2 2, Leslie Cooper 0-3 0-0 0, Sam Helmke 0-2 0-0 0, Steph Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-27 7-17 27.

Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 16-5, 34-14, 53-17. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 1-4 (Stumpf 0-1, Yung 0-1, Huss 1-2); Eagle Grove 0-9 (Kruckenberg 0-2, Almond 0-1, Crail 0-1, Miller 0-1, Robertson 0-1, Cooper 0-2, Helmke 0-1). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 26, Eagle Grove 23. Steals: St. Edmond 16, Eagle Grove 12. Turnovers: St. Edmond 18, Eagle Grove 31. Points off turnovers: St. Edmond 20, Eagle Grove 10. Team fouls: St. Edmond 19, Eagle Grove 13.

"I give Eagle Grove a lot of credit because they came right out and got after us," Messerly said. "They didn't make anything easy on us.

"We found a few things that we need to work on here in practice over the next few days, and that's good, because we have to continue to improve."

Yung scored 13 of her 15 in the opening 16 minutes, while Stumpf had 11 before halftime. The Gaels, who have now won 21 consecutive NCC games, made just one less shot (14) than Eagle Grove attempted (15) by intermission.

Messerly was forced to go to his bench early, as both Huss and Lentsch picked up their third foul in the second. That gave 10th-graders Madeline Baldwin, Clare Flattery, Brigid Hanley and Drue Specht a chance to impress.

"Those sophomores made a big difference in the outcome," Messerly said. "They came in, played hard and really gave us some solid minutes when we needed it with the foul trouble we had.

"I feel confident going to bench after seeing the performance those girls had."

Eagle Grove was paced by Lexi Miller's eight points. Beth Mork added six and six rebounds.

The Gaels return to action next Tuesday at home against Bishop Garrigan. Next up for the Eagles is West Hancock at home on Monday.

 
 

 

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