Gael boys come up short

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots in the Gael gym earlier this season.

IOWA FALLS — The St. Edmond boys tried to fight through adversity here on Friday night, but Iowa Falls-Alden was too much.

The Cadets (7-6 overall, 5-4 North Central Conference) placed three players in double figures and snapped the Gaels’ six-game win streak, 67-58.

St. Edmond’s third leading scorer and top rebounder, junior Will Woodruff, rolled his ankle just three minutes into the contest. He tried to return later in the game, but was unable to continue.

“Will hurt his ankle and we had to have some other guys step in,” said St. Edmond head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “It was tough losing Will, because he covers up a lot on defense and is such a good passer.

“Our guys’ roles increased, and for the most part, we did OK.”

Jace Ites, the third-leading scorer in Class 3A, (23.5) had a strong game with 22 points. Luke Haverkamp (16) and Tyjon Rose (15) also reached double figures for IF-A.

“Ites got a lot of rebounds and we just didn’t box out,” Kochendorfer said. “We had some open looks, but we have to get a lot better defensively.”

Sophomore Andrew Gibb led the Gaels (10-6, 8-3) with 16 points, and classmate Jackson Kochendorfer reached double digits with 12 points.

Sean Newell, Jake Heidenreich and Charlie Doyle contributed seven points each.

Heidenreich had 12 rebounds, while Doyle finished with six assists.

The Gaels are back in action again tonight, when they host No. 2 Carroll Kuemper. Tip is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 67,

ST. EDMOND 58

Iowa Falls-Alden — Jace Ites 22, Luke Haverkamp 16, Tyjon Rose 15, Devin Sheridan 8, Ben Steinfeldt 6.

St. Edmond — Andrew Gibb 16, Jackson Kochendorfer 12, Sean Newell 7, Jake Heidenreich 7, Charlie Doyle 7, Sean Flaherty 4, Isaac Lursen 4, Will Woodruff 1.

Quarter scores: IFA led 13-9, 30-22, 47-32.

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