Wrapping up action before the holiday break, the St. Edmond basketball teams face a pair of North Central Conference tests this week.
The Gaels take on Webster City tonight and then travel to Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday.
Both girls games will tip at 6:15 p.m., with the boys to follow around 7:45 p.m.
In their previous outing Saturday, the defending state runner-up St. Edmond boys (5-2 overall, 4-2 NCC) earned a comfortable 57-40 non-conference home victory over South Hamilton. Junior Robby Burke (18.7 points per game) and seniors David Flattery (10.1) and Aaron Chalstrom (8.4) are the main offensive weapons for the Gaels, who received two votes in the latest Class 2A rankings.
Burke also pulls down a team-high 10.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 67.4 percent (58 of 86) from the field.
"We'd really like to go into the break charged up a little, but we have to take care of business," SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. "This can be a hard time of the year to stay focused, so we need to make sure we keep our nose to the grindstone."
Gael Boys (5-2, 4-2)
G Aaron McElroy, 5-9, sr., 3.6
G Aaron Chalstrom, 6-0, sr., 8.4
F David Flattery, 6-3, sr., 10.1
F Hank Crimmins, 6-1, jr., 5.1
C Robby Burke, 6-6, jr., 18.7
Gael Girls (7-1, 6-1)
G Jaci Stumpf, 5-5, so., 11.5
G M. McCarville, 5-5, jr., 1.3
F Anna Yung, 5-8, so., 13.6
F Alli Huss, 6-0, jr., 12.0
C Hannah Lentsch, 6-1, sr., 8.1
Sophomore Mason Myers (11.4) and senior Boone Myers (10.4) each score in double digits for the Lynx (2-4, 2-3), who are fresh off a 66-29 thumping of Eagle Grove.
"I expect Webster City to play a really good game and give 110 percent," said Kochendorfer. "We have to be ready to go because you can throw out all the records in a rivalry game."
Second-ranked Iowa Falls-Alden (6-0, 6-0) is paced by Casey Schlatter (26.3) and Kort Redmond (10.2). Schlatter, who has Div. I scholarship offers from Creighton, Drake and Rice, ranks first in Class 3A and is tied for third in the entire state in scoring. The 6-foot-8 junior also grabs 11.0 boards a night.
"We know Schlatter is going to get his points, but we have to at least slow him down and make it tough on him (offensively)," Kochendorfer said. "Even though (the Cadets) lost some real good players from last year's team, we have to do the same things we always do, which is rebound the basketball and play solid defense."
Since falling on the road to Hampton-Dumont, the defending NCC champion St. Edmond girls (7-1, 6-1) have reeled off four straight victories, including a 64-38 rout of South Hamilton in their last contest.
Sophomore Anna Yung (13.6), junior Alli Huss (12.0) and sophomore Jaci Stumpf (11.5) are the focal points in the Gael attack, which outscores its opponents by an average of 18.2 points per game. Stumpf also delivers team-highs in assists (6.1) and steals (4.4).
"We feel pretty good about how we're playing right now, but we still have a few things to correct," said SEHS head coach Scott Messerly. "It would be nice to head into the break on a high note."
Mikaleh McCoy (5.3) and Rachel Kauffman (5.1) lead the way for the Lynx (2-5, 2-4), who currently sport a two-game winning streak.
"Webster City has a new coach (Nicole Muhlenbruch) and is a bigger team this year, " Messerly said. "I'm sure they're probably hungry for another win."
Spearheading the Cadets (5-3, 4-2) are Jamie Peterson (12.5) and Lindsay Barnhart (9.3).