Two more North Central Conference tilts await both the St. Edmond boys and girls basketball teams this week.
The Gaels visit Hampton-Dumont tonight and then welcome Algona on Friday.
Action for the girls games is set for 6:15 p.m., while the boys will tip around 7:45 p.m.
In their first two outings of the 2012-13 season, the eighth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond boys (2-0 overall, 2-0 NCC) easily downed Bishop Garrigan (64-46) and Clarion-Goldfield (59-43).
The defending state runner-up Gaels have scorched the nets at a 56.7 percent clip from the field (47-for-84) in the early going this year, while outrebounding their opponents by a lopsided margin of 90-41.
"I think the biggest thing is we're moving the ball well (offensively) and not dribbling too much, which is giving us some angles (to the hoop)," SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. "Our rebounding has been pretty good so far, but it can and needs to get even better."
Gael Boys (2-0, 2-0)
G Aaron McElroy, 5-9, sr., 4.5
G Aaron Chalstrom, 6-0, sr., 12.5
F David Flattery, 6-3, sr., 13.5
F Hank Crimmins, 6-1, jr., 2.0
C Robby Burke, 6-6, jr., 17.5
Gael Girls (3-0, 3-0)
G Jaci Stumpf, 5-5, so., 15.0
G M. McCarville, 5-5, jr., 0.7
F Anna Yung, 5-8, so., 13.7
F Alli Huss, 6-0, jr., 10.7
C Hannah Lentsch, 6-1, sr., 10.0
Junior Robby Burke (17.5) and seniors David Flattery (13.5) and Aaron Chalstrom (12.5) are the top offensive threats for the green and white. Burke is shooting a team-high 76.2 percent from the field (16 of 21), while grabbing 8.0 boards a night. Flattery also registers 10.0 rebounds per game.
Catalysts for Hampton-Dumont (0-2, 0-1) are sophomores Charlie Flickenger (11.0 points a night) and Parker Claypool (10.5). The Bulldogs dropped a 59-43 home decision to Algona on Friday.
Sophomore Luke TerHark (13.5) and senior Sawyer Frideres (11.0) are the main weapons for Algona (1-1, 1-0).
"Hampton has some shooters on the perimeter, so we have to make sure we guard them out (at the three-point line)," said Kochendorfer, who ranks 18th in state history among active coaches with 435 career wins. "Algona has good size inside. We'll need to be ready to go and can't take them lightly."
The unbeaten Gael girls (3-0, 3-0) are coming off a resounding 61-38 triumph over Clarion-Goldfield. Sophomores Jaci Stumpf (15.0) and Anna Yung (13.7), junior Alli Huss (10.7) and senior Hannah Lentsch (10.0) are all scoring in double figures for reigning NCC champion St. Edmond, which has reeled off 23 straight league victories. Stumpf also paces SEHS in field-goal percentage (63.6; 21-for-33), steals (18) and assists (17).
"It's going to be a pretty tough week for us," Gael head coach Scott Messerly said. "Hampton will probably be the best team we've faced so far. It seems like we have a tussle with (the Bulldogs) every time we go up there."
As a team, the green and white are allowing just 31.3 points per game and are outscoring their opponents by an average margin of 26.0 points a night.
"Our kids have really been playing solid half-court defense, and when someone gets beat off the dribble another teammate is always there to help," said Messerly. "We're starting to mesh pretty well right now."
Taryn Barz (12.7) and Jessica Speake (11.3) are the focal points for Hampton-Dumont (3-0, 2-0), which prevailed over Algona by a 41-31 final in its previous outing. Paige Wragge also leads the entire state in rebounding (15.7), while Barz grabs 10.7 boards per game.
Algona (2-2, 1-1), which has captured five of the past six NCC titles, is anchored offensively by junior Abby Strohman (9.0) and senior Paige Yi (7.0). Last year, St. Edmond snapped the Bulldogs' remarkable 87-game conference win streak.