Busy stretch for Gaels

Four games in six days for SE hoop squads

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Will Woodruff of St. Edmond drives against Iowa Falls-Alden's Tyjon Rose on Saturday.

St. Edmond has a rare four-game week of basketball ahead, beginning on Monday at home with a make-up varsity twinbill against Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.

The surging Gael boys (8-5 overall) ride their winning streak into a contest against the Cowboys (5-8) tonight at 7:45 p.m. Head coach Adolph Kochendorfer’s squad then hits the road to face winless Hampton-Dumont (0-13) on Tuesday, followed by a Friday rematch at Iowa Falls-Alden (6-6). St. Edmond then hosts third-ranked (Class 2A) Carroll Kuemper (11-1) on Saturday.

The Gael boys have prevailed in four consecutive games, including a double-digit victory over the Cadets on Saturday that secured win No. 500 for head coach Adolph Kochendorfer.

Sophomore guard Andrew Gibb (16.7 points average) continues to torch the nets for the Gaels. Gibb ranks first in the entire state in overall three-point percentage (34 of 57, 60 percent) for players who have attempted a minimum of 25 triples.

Senior guard Charlie Doyle (14.6) and junior post Will Woodruff (10.4) also score in double figures for the SEHS boys.

C-G/D has three players pacing its offensive attack: junior Rhett Darland (14.3), junior Sam Urness (10.9) and senior Ryan Darland (10.5). The Gaels posted a 64-42 road victory over the Cowboys on Dec. 2.

H-D is paced by Logan Gooder (13.8) and Justin Kent (10.9). St. Edmond routed the Bulldogs on Dec. 9 by a 61-37 final.

Jace Ites ranks among the leading scorers in the state at 24.6 points per contest for IF-A, though the Gaels limited him to 18 on Saturday. Weston Meyer (11.4) and Tyjon Rose (11.0) are other Cadet weapons.

Six-foot-7 Kuemper standout Matt Dentlinger (17.3 points, 11.7 rebounds) will present matchup problems for St. Edmond on the low blocks. Jacob Schaefer (11.7) and Parker Badding (11.6) also average in double figures for the Knights, whose lone loss was to Council Bluffs Lewis Central.

Head coach Scott Messerly’s Gael girls (4-9) posted a 43-41 NCC victory over Iowa Falls-Alden on Saturday. Senior Megan Flattery (11.8) and sophomore Erin Flattery (10.1) continue to power St. Edmond.

The Cowgirls are winless at 0-12. Hannah Terhark (7.6) leads C-G/D, which dropped a 57-42 decision to the Gaels on Dec. 2.

The Hampton-Dumont girls are surging, having won six in a row after a 1-6 start. Callie Grover (11.0) is the team’s main offensive threat.

St. Edmond lost to the Bulldogs on Dec. 6 by a final of 70-50.

After the Friday rematch with the Cadets (6-8), the Gaels host Kuemper (8-3) on Saturday. Six-foot-1 sophomore Aimee Adams (15.9 points, 7.8 rebounds) is the Knights’ star.