Jaguars catch Gael girls

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Emily Jaeschke of Southeast Valley drives towards the basket against St. Edmond on Tuesday

GOWRIE — Southeast Valley finally gained some distance in a close contest with St. Edmond on Tuesday, as the Jaguar girls put together a strong fourth quarter to earn a 37-33 victory.

SV (3-1 overall) and the Gaels (0-3) were tied at 14-14 at halftime, and the Gaels clung to a 24-23 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Southeast Valley, which has now won three straight games, outscored St. Edmond 14-9 in the final frame to pull out the victory.

“We came out with some big defensive stops (in the fourth quarter),” said Southeast Valley head coach Amber Sorenson, who is a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate. “The girls were talking more and rotating on defense.”

Sophomore Emily Jaeschke had her second straight double-digit performance, scoring 15 points to give her 31 in the last two games. Emily’s senior sister, Mady Jaeschke, had nine points.

“Emily, who came up halfway through the season (last year) as freshman, works very hard,” Sorenson said. “She is scrappy and loves the game of basketball.”

Southeast Valley was 16-for-25 from the free throw line.

“They made some shots and we didn’t,” said St. Edmond head coach Steve Neuberger. “Both teams were fighting hard. I thought defensively we did a nice job, holding them to 37 and giving ourselves a chance to win.

“We didn’t value the ball well and we have to knock down some shots in big situations, but I can never fault their effort.”

Jocy Timmerman led the Gaels with 15 points and Erin Flattery had 12 points.

“Southeast Valley played a two-three zone most of the night and Erin and Jocy are pretty active against a zone,” Neuberger said. “They can catch it at the high post and are good at working on the baseline. They can knock down a jump shot or on put the ball on the floor and get to the rim.”

St. Edmond is back in action on Friday when they host Webster City in a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.

SOUTHEAST VALLEY 37, ST. EDMOND 33

Southeast Valley — Morgan Castenson 4, Kacey Lundberg 2, Mady Jaeschke 9, Cassi Berglund 2, Jaymie Ferrari 5, Emily Jaeschke 15.

St. Edmond — Macey Mason 4, Jacque Oberg 2, Erin Flattery 12, Jocy Timmerman 15.

Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 8-4, Tied 14-14, St. Edmond led 24-23.

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