3 twinbills in 4 days for Gaels

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The St. Edmond basketball teams get a steady dose of action again this week as they’ll hit the court in three of the next four days.

The Gael girls (3-6 overall, 1-4 North Central Conference) kickstart the action on Tuesday, entertaining seventh-ranked (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda (8-3) at 6:15 p.m. The Gael boys (4-5, 3-2) host the Mustangs at 7:45 p.m.

On Thursday, it will be a road trip to Manson Northwest Webster for a non-conference twinbill. The Cougar girls (6-4) have won five of their last six, while the Cougar boys (1-8) have lost three straight.

St. Edmond will end the week on Friday with a road trip to Algona. The 11th-ranked Bulldog girls (10-1, 5-1) have won six straight games, while the Bulldog boys (4-6, 3-2) have lost three of their last four.

The Gael boys are looking to snap out of a three-game funk. St. Edmond is coming off a close 55-53 loss at Clear Lake.

“Players like to play, so I think it will be nice to get (three games) in this week,” said St. Edmond head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “We just have to do the best we can and go out and compete.”

The Mustangs have lost four of their last six, and are coming off a loss to Pocahontas Area, which has lost only once.

Freshman Bryce Coppock leads N-F in scoring with 14.1 per contest. He has 17 triples on the season. Junior Jake Davis is scoring at a 12.2 clip.

The Gaels are led by sophomore Andrew Gibb ,who is scoring 16.9 per game and has connected on 22 three-point goals. Senior Charlie Doyle, who has hit 25 treys, is averaging 12.2. Junior Will Woddruff is also averaging double figures at 11.

“(Newell-Fonda) likes to press and try to hurry you up,” Kochendorfer said. “They are having a pretty good year.”

The Cougars have struggled this season, earning only one win. Senior Clay Freimuth is their leading scorer at 14.1. Sophomore Riley Peters is averaging 12.1.

“It is a rivalry game, so it’s usually competitive against Manson,” Kochendorfer said. “They’ll be fired up and we have to be prepared to play.”

The Gaels will wrap up the busy week against the Bulldogs. Algona has three players scoring in double figures, led by Jackson Helmers. The senior is scoring 15.5 a night. Classmates Nick Stein (14.0) and Riley Helmers (12.7) are also in double digits.

Helmers and Stein have combined to hit 43 shots from behind the arc.

“They’ve been a little up and down,” Kochendorfer said. “(Helmers) is having a good year and is a strong ballplayer.

“We want to go out and compete (this week). So we have to be ready to go.”

The Gael girls broke their three-game skid last week against South Hamilton, but then struggled against No. 7 Clear Lake.

“We need to try and head in a positive direction,” said St. Edmond head coach Scott Messerly. “We just can’t keep making the same mistakes every time we play.”

St. Edmond is paced by senior Megan Flattery (11.6) and sophomore Erin Flattery (11.6).

The Mustangs are 8-3 have not lost to a Class 1A team all season. They have dropped two contests to top-ranked defending Class 3A state champion Pocahontas Area, and also lost to Spirit Lake.

Newell-Fonda enters with two players in double digits. Sophomore Olivia Larsen is scoring 14 a night, while senior Erin Gerke is at 11.4 and senior Kate Christiansen is averaging 9.3.

“We’ve seen Newell-Fonda a lot over the last couple of years,” Messerly said. “We scrimmaged them early and they’re a very solid club.

“They’ll come and press you and they do all of the right things and they’re not going to hurt themselves.”

The Cougars have won five of their last seven, with losses coming to No. 1 Pocahontas Area and No. 7 Newell-Fonda. Senior Cloie Herzberg (17.3) leads MNW, while classmate Rebecca Krueger (9.4) is also a key scoring contributor.

“Herzberg is playing very well,” Messerly said. “They have two or three other players playing well to.

“They’ve filled the gaps and it’s a tough place to play in Manson.”

Algona has put together a solid season, with a six-game win streak and its only loss coming to No. 7 (3A) Clear Lake.

Senior Maddison Miller paces the Bulldogs with 14.5 a night. Freshman Abbey Holmes is averaging 10.2 and classmate Allyah Buscher is scoring at a 10.1 clip.

“We’ll step back into the conference against Algona,” Messerly said. “They gave Clear Lake a tussle.

“They have a solid squad and are having a productive year.”

GAEL BOYS (4-5, 3-2)

G Charlie Doyle, 6-2, sr., 12.2

G Andrew Gibb, 6-0, so., 16.9

F Nick Simpson, 6-3, sr., 9.2

F Jake Heidenreich, 6-3, sr., 6.8

F Will Woodruff, 6-6, jr., 11.0

GAEL GIRLS (3-6, 1-4)

G Cambrie McBride, 5-6, fr., 1.8

G Jacque Oberg, 5-6, so., 4.0

F Hannah Huss, 5-8, jr., 6.3

F Megan Flattery, 6-0, sr., 11.6

F Erin Flattery, 5-8, so., 11.6