Not enough

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Jed Tracy of St. Edmond goes up for a basket against Iowa Falls on Tuesday

Playing at home for the final time this season, the St. Edmond boys put forth a spirited effort here Tuesday night against Iowa Falls-Alden.

The Cadets, though, had too much firepower, posting a 72-55 victory to complete their first season sweep over the Gaels since the 2012-13 season.

Karson Sharar scored 26 points and Logan Aldinger added 24 for Iowa Falls-Alden (11-8 overall, 8-6 in North Central Conference), which used a big third quarter to separate themselves from St. Edmond (6-13, 3-11).

“They have some really good shooters and when they got going, we couldn’t stop them,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “They did a really nice job of moving the basketball to find the open person. We kept up with them in the first half, but we couldn’t make enough baskets after that.

“We were getting good shots, they just weren’t falling.”

Cael Kolacia and Brock Stanek provided a strong inside presence for the Gaels, going a combined 11-for-18 and scoring 22 points with 17 rebounds. Kolacia, a junior, had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, with Stanek, also an 11th-grader, adding 10 and seven.

Drew Schaeffer chipped in eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and a steal, with seniors Connor Bocken and Jed Tracy recording 11 points, five assists and five boards.

“Drew and Brock really had a nice two-man game going in the first half,” Kochendorfer said. “Brock was doing a great job of making one move and finishing. Hopefully, we can build off the positives and use them as we prepare for the postseason.”

Tied at 18-all after the first, the Cadets relied on Sharar through the opening 16 minutes. The talented junior scored 19 during that time, helping Iowa Falls-Alden go up 39-30.

With the win, the Cadets assured themselves of their first season of finishing no worse than .500 since 2012-13. Aldinger was a big reason for that, as the senior knocked down all five of his shots in the third, scoring 13 points to outscore St. Edmond.

The Gaels, who were coming off three consecutive 12-11 seasons, will have their first losing season since 2014-15.

Prior to tip, the program honored seniors Bocken, Charlie Shelly, Jerris Duncan, Tracy, Jackson Bemrich and Ethan Lursen.

Tracy, who has played varsity since his freshman season, currently has 265 career points, 241 assists, 141 rebounds and 75 steals. Bocken has 235 points, 47 made 3-pointers, 84 rebounds, 35 steals and 31 assists.

St. Edmond heads to Paton-Churdan on Friday to conclude its regular season before beginning district play Thursday vs. Graettinger-Terril/R-A in Algona.


St. Edmond — Connor Bocken 2-12 0-0 5, Jed Tracy 2-7 2-2 6, Drew Schaeffer 3-10 0-0 8, Cael Kolacia 6-10 0-0 12, Brock Stanek 5-8 0-0 10, Jackson Bemrich 1-4 0-0 2, Anthony Lacina 1-2 2-2 4, Quinten McCarville 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden Mayer 1-3 0-0 2, Charlie Shelly 1-2 0-0 2, Ethan Lursen 1-2 0-0 3, Grant Heldorfer 0-0 1-2 1, Sean Flattery 0-0 0-0 0, Kase Baker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-60 5-6 55.

Iowa Falls-Alden — Brody Steinfeldt 3-7 0-0 8, Blake Janssen 1-4 2-2 4, Karson Sharar 9-20 5-6 26, Garret Renaud 2-4 2-4 6, Caden Mentzer 1-2 1-2 4, Logan Aldinger 9-11 0-1 24, Sam Weaver 0-3 0-0 0, Zach Schutt 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Matteo Morelli 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-51 10-14 72.

Quarter scores: Tied 18-18, Iowa Falls-Alden led 39-30, 51-37. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 4-18 (Bocken, Schaeffer 2, Lursen), Iowa Falls-Alden 12-27 (Steinfeldt 2, Sharar 3, Aldinger 6, Mentzer). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 31, Iowa Falls-Alden 30. Steals: St. Edmond 2, Iowa Falls-Alden 5. Blocked shots: St. Edmond 1, Iowa Falls-Alden 1. Turnovers: St. Edmond 10, Iowa Falls-Alden 9.


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