The hot hand
Andrew Gibb scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, lifting the St. Edmond boys past Webster City here Tuesday night, 66-61.
Gibb clinched the North Central Conference victory for the Gaels (5-3 overall, 4-1 in league) with two free throws with less than a second left.
The junior has now scored over 20 points in sixth consecutive games. Gibb was 10-for-19 from the field and also had four assists.
Will Woodruff recorded 11 rebounds, with Jackson Kochendorfer and Drew Schaeffer combining for 18 points on six made 3-pointers.
“This was a big, big win for us,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “Webster City is a scrappy, tough team that really makes you fight and claw for everything. We were able to battle back.
“Jackson and Drew hit some big shots and Andrew played another tremendous game on the offensive end.”
Cameron Moen had 22 points for the Lynx (5-1, 3-1), who are now 26-4 over their last 30 NCC games. Webster City has won back-to-back conference crowns.
Jordan Tanner, who had a steal and bucket at the end of the first half, added 11 points for the Lynx.
Webster City opened the first quarter on a 10-4 run, leading straight through until a pair of Gibb free throws early in the third. The Lynx responded to a 8-2 SEHS run with a 11-4 burst of their own.
Isaac Lursen, who formed a strong connection on the football field with Gibb, returned the favor, finding him for a 3-pointer that started a 15-4 run at the end of the third and start of the fourth.
“Andrew did a great job of creating, but also making the extra pass to get himself open for an even better look or one of our shooters,” Kochendorfer said. “That’s really the biggest improvement in his game this year. He has great court vision.
“Jed (Tracy) continues to get better with that too.”
The Gaels were 10-for-14 from the field with five 3-pointers during a 26-point fourth quarter. Gibb was 6-for-9 himself, including four consecutive baskets.
Tracy had seven assists on the night to go along with five points. Kochendorfer also grabbed five rebounds and Woodruff had two blocks.
St. Edmond is now off until Jan. 5 when they travel to Algona. Webster City returns that same night against Clear Lake at home.
ST. EDMOND 66, WEBSTER CITY 61
St. Edmond — Jed Tracy 2-5 0-1 5, Andrew Gibb 10-19 5-6 28, Jackson Kochendorfer 3-6 0-0 9, Will Woodruff 2-6 1-4 5, Sean Flaherty 2-2 1-2 5, Isaac Lursen 0-1 0-0 0, Drew Schaeffer 3-3 0-0 9, Sean Newell 2-2 1-1 5. Totals: 24-44 8-14 65.
Webster City — Noah McKinney 2-8 0-1 6, Cameron Moen 8-13 2-2 22, Jordan Tanner 4-8 3-3 11, Tyler Bultena 2-4 2-3 6, Dylan Steen 3-4 2-2 8, Tyler Olson 1-1 0-1 2. Totals: 23-49 9-13 61.
Quarter scores: Webster City led 10-8, 27-24, 40-38. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 10-17 (Tracy 1-3, Gibb 3-6, Kochendorfer 3-6, Schaeffer 3-3); Webster City 6-14 (McKinney 2-4, Moen 4-6, Bultena 0-1, Steen 0-3). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 32, Webster City 17. Steals: St. Edmond 1, Webster City 8. Blocked shots: St. Edmond 3. Turnovers: St. Edmond 15, Webster City 7. Team fouls: St. Edmond 16, Webster City 17. Fouled out: Bultena.