Wildcats avenge loss to SE girls
With points at a premium, the Humboldt girls went to the free throw line to secure a Friday night victory over St. Edmond.
The Wildcats outscored the Gaels 12-6 from the charity stripe, earning a 33-28 victory here Friday night inside the SEHS gym.
Sydney Lane and Jayda Hoefer each scored seven, with Ashlyn Clark adding six points and 13 rebounds for Humboldt (5-10 overall, 4-5 in the North Central Conference), who avenged a buzzer-beating loss at the hands of St. Edmond (3-11, 1-8) earlier this year.
“Eown the stretch, we did a nice job of getting to the free throw line and generating points that way,” HHS head coach Rodd Mooney said. “Both teams were having a hard time getting anything to fall, but we were able to knock down free throws when we needed to.”
The Wildcats were 6-for-12 in the final quarter from the line, including four makes by Clark. The junior finished her night 6-for-10 from the free throw stripe.
Leading the way for the Gaels was Livi Huss, as the senior scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Erin Flattery added six points, six boards and two blocks, with Hannah Huss contributing four steals and three rebounds.
“Our defense was outstanding and we took care of the ball for the most part,” SEHS head coach Steve Neuberger said. “We’re just having a tough time getting any confidence in our offense.
“In practice, we can go for stretches where we knock down shots. But if we start out slow and miss some early ones from the perimeter, the basket seems to get smaller and smaller for us.”
The two teams combined to shoot just 13-for-45 from the floor in the opening half and finished the game 1-for-20 from the three-point line.
“St. Edmond did a nice job of switching to a 2-3 zone and that caught our girls off guard,” Mooney said. “It slowed down our momentum just enough to keep us off balance in the first half.
“They are a good defensive team that moves well and at times, we struggled with turnovers.”
Hoefer, a freshman, had all seven of her points in the second quarter off the bench.
“Jayda is capable of getting hot and filling it up pretty quick,” Mooney said. “She’s one of those kids that is working hard every day and trying to get better. We’ve seen her in practice get on streaks shooting and she just goes off.”
Next action for the Gaels is Tuesday when they host Hampton-Dumont. Humboldt welcomes Webster City that same night, with both games tipping at 6:15 p.m.
HUMBOLDT 33, ST. EDMOND 28
Humboldt — Jori Hajek 2-6 0-1 4, Ashlyn Clark 0-4 6-10 6, Mady Lange 2-5 2-4 6, Rachel Darling 0-4 3-4 3, Sydney Lane 3-7 1-2 7, Jayda Hoefer 3-8 0-0 7, Cassie Peyton 0-0 0-0 0, Tabitha Jergens 0-2 0-0 0, Trinity Helmer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-35 12-21 33.
St. Edmond — Macey Mason 1-5 0-0 2, Jacque Oberg 2-3 0-0 4, Hannah Huss 1-4 0-0 2, Erin Flattery 2-6 2-2 6, Livi Huss 4-12 3-4 11, Cambrie McBride 1-5 0-0 2, Jocy Timmerman 0-1 0-0 0, Abby Landwehr 0-0 0-0 0, Brea McNeil 0-2 1-2 1, Devyn Scott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-38 6-8 28.
Quarter scores: Humboldt led 12-7, 19-13, 25-18. Three-point goals: Humboldt 1-13 (Hajek 0-3, Clark 0-3, Darling 0-2, Hoefer 1-4, Helmer 0-1); St. Edmond 0-7 (Mason 0-3, McBride 0-3, McNeil 0-1). Total rebounds: Humboldt 31, St. Edmond 28. Steals: Humboldt 8, St. Edmond 7. Blocked shots: Humboldt 3, St. Edmond 4. Assists: Humboldt 5, St. Edmond 5. Team fouls: Humboldt 9, St. Edmond 17. Fouled out: Oberg. Turnovers: Humboldt 15, St. Edmond 18.