Gael boys back in district finals

ALGONA – Just two steps remain in front of the St. Edmond boys as they look to earn another trip to state.

The Gaels took care of Newell-Fonda here Tuesday night in a Class 1A, District 3 semifinal, 66-34.

Next up for St. Edmond (17-6 overall) will be a meeting Thursday night in Emmetsburg with Graettinger-Terril/R-A (21-1) in a district final. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Thanks to the hot shooting of Colin Flattery and company, this one was over early for the Gaels. Flattery scored 12 points in the first quarter alone and finished with 18 for the game, including five three-pointers.

“I thought it was important that we get off to a quick start,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “We beat (Newell-Fonda) earlier this year, but we knew coming in that they had been playing better basketball as of late.

“Our kids came out and focused on what we wanted to do.”

A 12-0 burst by St. Edmond put them up 26-7 early in the second, forcing the Mustangs (7-15) to play from way behind. The Gaels made 18 first half field goals and racked up 11 assists on those baskets, building a 48-18 halftime advantage.

Harrison Mayer finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Robert Flattery added eight points and five boards off the bench. Will Woodruff also grabbed eight boards, had three steals and blocked two shots.

“We got off to that good start because we were moving the ball and looking for the open man,” Kochendorfer said. “But credit Newell-Fonda for adjusting and slowing things down in the second half. They made us work hard for everything and never gave up.”

Despite holding St. Edmond to just nine points in the third, the Mustangs never threatened. Senior Mason Scheidegger, junior Reed Kruse and freshman RJ Rojas all scored nine points. The only other senior on the roster for N-F, Graham Brown, came in late to tally his 14th and 15th points of the year.

The Gaels will carry a five-game win streak into their matchup with the Titans on Thursday. Graettinger-Terril dominated Storm Lake St. Mary’s last night, 80-43.