Coming off its first loss of the season, the St. Edmond girls basketball team showed few lasting effects Friday night.
The Gaels (4-1 overall, 4-1 NCC) managed to right the ship, earning a convincing 48-34 North Central Conference triumph over Algona inside the SEHS gym.
With the victory, defending league champion St. Edmond improved to 24-1 in their last 25 NCC games.
"This was a solid win for us against a pretty good Algona team," Gael head coach Scott Messerly said. "I thought our bench really stepped up and did an excellent job (Friday). Our kids are playing really well together right now and seem to be having a lot of fun."
Alli Huss, a 6-foot-0 junior, sparked the SEHS offensive charge with 18 points - on 7-for-16 shooting - and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Anna Yung also contributed 15 points and five boards for the Gaels, while classmate Madeline Baldwin added seven points.
ST. EDMOND 48, ALGONA 34
St. Edmond - Maddie McCarville 0-2 1-2 1, Jaci Stumpf 2-6 1-2 5, Anna Yung 7-10 0-1 15, Hannah Lentsch 0-2 1-4 1, Alli Huss 7-16 3-4 18, Madeline Baldwin 3-4 1-5 7, Brigid Hanley 0-1 1-2 1, Clare Flattery 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-41 8-20 48.
Algona - Paige Yi 2-12 2-2 7, Tangy Wiseman 2-9 2-4 7, Rachel Teague 1-6 0-0 3, Nicole Kenne 1-2 0-2 2, Abby Strohman 3-9 0-2 6, Heather Ziesman 3-10 0-2 6, Reba Zeller 1-3 0-0 2, Courtney Groen 0-0 1-2 1, Ali Grein 0-0 0-0 0, Lacey Seely 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-51 5-16 34.
Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 13-4, 25-14, 37-20. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 2-4 (McCarville 0-2, Yung 1-1, Huss 1-1); Algona 3-16 (Yi 1-5, Wiseman 1-4, Teague 1-4, Ziesman 0-1, Zeller 0-2). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 37, Algona 30. Turnovers: St. Edmond 17, Algona 17. Total fouls: St. Edmond 15, Algona 19. Fouled out: Lentsch.
"Alli and Anna each came through again on the offensive end," said Messerly, whose squad snapped Algona's impressive 87-game NCC win streak a year ago. "I thought our defense was really good, too, especially in the first quarter (the Bulldogs went scoreless for the first 4:46 of the game)."
St. Edmond charged out of the gates to a 13-4 advantage after the opening eight minutes and never trailed in the contest. Any potential Algona (3-3, 2-2) rally likely ended with a 15-0 flurry over a nearly six-minute span between the second and third periods. Despite briefly slicing the deficit to single digits twice in the final frame, the Bulldogs failed to get any closer down the stretch.
"We never really allowed (Algona) to make a big run on us," Messerly said. "We stayed with our normal man-to-man (defensive) pressure, which for the most part slowed them down (offensively)."
Paige Yi and Tangy Wiseman each netted seven points for the visitors, while Abby Strohman and Heather Ziesman tallied six points apiece. The Bulldogs, who have captured five of the past six NCC titles, shot just 25.5 percent (13-for-51) from the field.
"We still have plenty of room for improvement (the Gaels finished only 8-for-20 from the charity stripe and committed 17 turnovers), but it was nice to get back on track," said Messerly. "Hopefully, we can build on this win and keep (the momentum) going against Humboldt."
The Gaels visit the Wildcats (2-3, 1-3) on Tuesday. Humboldt prevailed over Eagle Grove last night, 55-37.