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—Photo by Tom Vogt St. Edmond’s Andrew Gibb drives to the basket against Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday night. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Andrew Gibb and Karson Sharar put on an epic one-on-one battle here Tuesday night inside the St. Edmond gym.

In the end, Gibb left with the school’s career scoring record, but Sharar and Iowa Falls-Alden claimed the contest, winning 76-56.

Sharar had a game-high 42 points, which included 13 in the first quarter as the Cadets (7-9 overall, 5-7 in North Central Conference) built a lead they would never surrender.

Gibb, meanwhile, had 39 points, with 21 of those coming in the third quarter as he did his best to get the Gaels (9-10, 7-7) back in it after they fell behind by as many as 17.

With his 12th 30-point game of the season, Gibb passed former all-stater and current St. Edmond assistant coach Nick Clark for the school scoring record. He has 1,439 points, two ahead of Clark.

“I’m extremely honored to have broken the record,” said Gibb, who has 561 points on the year. “It might have my name on it, but really, it’s all my coaches and teammates. My family has also sacrificed so much for me by driving me to tournaments all summer and rebounding for me at the gym.

“The last four years being a Gael have been so enjoyable and years I will remember forever.”

Four of the now five top scorers in St. Edmond history were present for the record breaking performance, which came on two made free throws with 6:30 to go in the fourth. John Engler, who is now third on the list, and Zak Clark, who is fifth, were in attendance.

“What an incredible accomplishment for Andrew,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer, who has coached the Top-5 leading scorers. “He has put in a tremendous amount of work to get this far and it shows on the court. And what a memorable game to break the record on with Nick, Zak and John all here.”

Gibb and Sharar, who missed time earlier this year with an injury, combined for 33 points in the third quarter, but the Cadets put the game away in the fourth behind their sensational sophomore.

Sharar had 11 in the early stages of the final period, easily surpassing the 20-point mark for the fourth consecutive game. Iowa Falls-Alden is now 4-1 over its last five and 4-5 on the road this year.

“You have to give them a lot of credit because they are a very good team,” Kochendorfer said. “Sharar has returned strong and they have a good group around him.”

The Cadets are coached by Michael Collison, the brother of former NBA standout Nick Collison. Michael Collison was also a teammate of Engler’s at Briar Cliff University.

St. Edmond still has two regular season games left, as they travel to Pocahontas Area Thursday before hosting Paton-Churdan on Friday.

IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 76, ST. EDMOND 56

St. Edmond — Mitchell Rasmussen 0-2 1-2 1, Drew Schaeffer 0-1 0-0 0, Andrew Gibb 14-20 8-9 39, Sean Newell 0-2 1-2 1, Jackson Kochendorfer 4-12 0-0 10, Cael Kolacia 1-2 0-0 2, Jed Tracy 0-4 1-2 1, Connor Bocken 0-2 0-0 0, Charlie Shelly 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Bemrich 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Flattery 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Stanek 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 20-46 11-15 56.

Iowa Falls-Alden — Karson Sharar 15-25 6-8 42, Luke Haverkamp 3-8 0-0 6, Logan Aldinger 6-11 0-0 16, Brody Steinfeldt 0-2 0-0 0, Timothy Long 1-4 1-2 3, Garret Renaud 0-0 0-0 0, Nolan Frohwein 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Janssen 1-4 7-8 9, Kyle Arends 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Schutt 0-1 0-0 0, RJ Ford 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Stockdale 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-57 14-18 76.

Quarter scores: Iowa Falls-Alden led 18-13, 33-27, 58-48. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 5-17 (Rasmussen 0-2, Schaeffer 0-1, Gibb 3-5, Kochendorfer 2-5, Kolacia 0-1, Tracy 0-1, Bocken 0-2), Iowa Falls-Alden 10-20 (Sharar 6-8, Aldinger 4-8, Steinfeldt 0-2, Arends 0-1). Rebounds: St. Edmond 23, Iowa Falls-Alden 34. Steals: St. Edmond 6, Iowa Falls-Alden 9. Blocked shots: St. Edmond 2, Iowa Falls-Alden 3. Turnovers: St. Edmond 15, Iowa Falls-Alden 12. Fouls: St. Edmond 20, Iowa Falls-Alden 15.

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