Road warriors

—Photo by Tom Vogt St. Edmond’s Andrew Gibb puts up a shot against Newell-Fonda on Tuesday night in the Gael gym.

Bryce Coppock and the Newell-Fonda boys are in the midst of a stretch that will see them play six of seven games away from home.

Tuesday night, behind Coppock’s 30 points, the Mustangs withstood a career-night by Andrew Gibb of St. Edmond to even their record on the year with an 84-65 victory.

Treyton Mahler and R.J. Rojas each scored 12 and Aden Mahler added 11 for Newell-Fonda (5-5 overall) to help off-set a 46-point performance by Gibb.

“Last Friday, we started our midseason road stretch and it was really important that we came out here and had a good performance and got a nice win,” Coppock said. “I think the team took a step forward defensively (Tuesday) and we played well on that side of the floor.

“Offensively, the team is playing really well and it is huge when we can get big shots out of multiple people.”

The Mustangs ended 2017 at Woodbury Central and started the new year at Pocahontas Area. They will head to Estherville-LC on Thursday before hosting West Bend-Mallard Friday. Road dates at Storm Lake St. Mary’s and Southeast Valley follow next week.

Coppock, who scored 42 points against the Indians, had 15 in the first half to help Newell-Fonda race out to a 47-33 lead. They shot 18-for-30 from the floor and knocked down seven 3-pointers during that time.

In the third, Gibb tried to will the Gaels (4-6) back into it, scoring 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting, but the closest they would get was 10.

“Newell-Fonda really came out and got after us,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “Give them credit for dictating the tempo and forcing us to play from behind.

“I thought we showed a lot of fight there to battle back, but that was a big hill to climb.”

Gibb was 19-for-26 from the field and knocked down all six of his free throws. The senior has scored 1,160 career points, surpassing Zak Clark for fourth and moving within 10 of Andy Nagel.

The 46 points ranks fifth on the season for all classes in Iowa this year.

Jed Tracy dished out five assists and Cael Kolacia added six points and six rebounds off the bench for the Gaels, who travel to Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday.

St. Edmond won the junior varsity contest, 40-29, as Kolacia scored 10.


Newell-Fonda — Tanner Gerke 1-3 2-2 5, Bryce Coppock 11-22 7-9 30, Treyton Mahler 3-5 4-4 12, R.J. Rojas 5-10 0-0 12, Aden Mahler 5-9 0-2 11, Alex Spangler 2-4 0-0 4, Trey Jungers 1-4 0-0 3, Gabe Sievers 3-3 0-0 7, Beau Wilken 0-1 0-0 0, Carter Schachtner 0-1 0-0 0, Garrett Meyer 0-1 0-0 0, Jaron Vanderhoff 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-48 8-10 84.

St. Edmond — Mitchell Rasmussen 1-2 0-0 2, Jed Tracy 0-2 0-2 0, Andrew Gibb 19-26 6-6 46, Sean Newell 2-6 0-0 4, Jackson Kochendorfer 2-7 0-0 6, Jeris Duncan 0-2 0-0 0, Cael Kolacia 3-5 0-0 6, Jackson Bemrich 0-0 0-2 0, Charlie Shelly 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Lursen 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Stanek 0-1 1-2 1, Sean Flattery 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-36 6-9 65.

Quarter scores: Newell-Fonda led 23-17, 47-33, 64-53. Three-point goals: Newell-Fonda 7-19, St. Edmond 3-11. Total rebounds: Newell-Fonda 28, St. Edmond 29. Steals: Newell-Fonda 12, St. Edmond 3. Turnovers: Newell-Fonda 10, St. Edmond 22. Team fouls: Newell-Fonda 12, St. Edmond 12.