Gael girls begin postseason trek

The St. Edmond girls begin their postseason journey here Saturday night, hosting Belmond-Klemme in a Class 2A, Region 2 contest.

Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside the Gael gym.

The winner between St. Edmond (2-18 overall) and the Broncos (2-17) heads to No. 12 Aplington-Parkersburg (19-2) on Tuesday in a quarterfinal. The regional semifinal is scheduled for Friday in Fort Dodge.

Since winning back-to-back games over South Hamilton and Humboldt in mid-December, the Gaels have dropped 12 in a row. They have been tested in the North Central Conference, playing seven games against ranked teams, including five during this recent slide.

“I feel like our schedule has definitely prepared us for the postseason,” SEHS head coach Steve Neuberger said. “We were tested in our conference on almost a nightly basis, and we played several tough non-conference teams, as well.”

Senior Erin Flattery is averaging just under 10 points per game with team-bests in field goals made (78), free throws made (39), offensive rebounds (66), defensive rebounds (89) and total rebounds (155).

Macey Mason, another of six seniors who see regular playing time, is averaging 5.3 points and is second on the team with 87 rebounds. She also has 20 assists and 19 steals. Jacque Oberg averages 5.1 points and has 33 assists and 30 steals, marks that lead the program.

Cambrie McBride and Mason have a combined 23 made 3-pointers, with Devyn Scott leading the way at nine blocks. St. Edmond has played since December without leading scorer Jocy Timmerman, who suffered a knee injury.

“We expect Belmond-Klemme to play zone and force us to make shots,” Neuberger said. “The girls have done a better job of doing that here down the stretch, so hopefully that confidence and playing at home will help us.”

Belmond-Klemme has lost its last six games since a January victory over Eagle Grove, 68-61. They also played Clarion-Goldfield/Dows earlier this year, falling 56-27, and met Bishop Garrigan twice, losing both games.

Allison Noland, Addison McMurray and Haley Beminio all average exactly 6.8 points per game, with Beminio leading the team with 206 rebounds. She also has a team-high 68 blocks and is the leader with 49 made triples.

ST. EDMOND STARTERS

Erin Flattery, sr. 9.9

Macey Mason, sr. 5.3

Jacque Oberg, sr. 5.1

Cambrie McBride, jr. 4.1

Brea McNeil, sr. 3.4

BELMOND-KLEMME STARTERS

Taylor Grissom, sr. 0.2

Allison Noland, sr. 6.8

Addison McMurray, soph. 6.8

Jennah Meyer, fr. 2.2

Haley Beminio, jr. 6.8

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