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Gael boys handle EG

EAGLE GROVE — The St. Edmond boys increased their defensive intensity in the second half here on Monday, pulling away for a 46-27 victory over Eagle Grove.

The Gaels (4-6 overall) outscored the Eagles 29-10 over the third and fourth quarters combined after playing to a draw through the intermission. The third quarter was the main difference, with St. Edmond going on a 19-6 run.

“We just did a better job with everything after halftime,” Gael head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “The guys did a better job of getting into the paint and finding post touches. That opened things up more for better outside looks. That inside-outside game makes a real difference.

“Sean Flattery really worked hard in keeping (senior Chase) Mason in check. His defensive intensity sparked us.”

Hayden Mayer had 15 points to lead St. Edmond, with Drew Schaeffer and Jackson Palmer both reaching double figures as well with 10 points each.

“You want to see that kind of balance,” Kochendorfer said. “Hayden, Drew and Jackson all played well. Quinten has been our leading scorer, but the shots weren’t dropping for him. Having other guys able to step up is so important, espeially on the road.

“I thought Anthony Lacina played well, too. He only had two points, but he rebounded well and did a lot of little things for us.”

Mason finished with 11 points to pace Eagle Grove.

St. Edmond’s week-long road trip continues on Thursday, when the Gaels visit Manson Northwest Webster. On Friday, Kochendorfer’s squad heads to Clear Lake.

ST. EDMOND 46, EAGLE GROVE 27

St. Edmond — Hayden Mayer 15, Drew Schaeffer 10, Jackson Palmer 10, Quinten McCarville 4, Anthony Lacina 2, Sean Flattery 1, Andrew Elbert 2, Caleb Schaeffer 2.

Eagle Grove — Chase Mason 11, Drake Canavan 6, Jordan Morris 4, Austin Purcell 1, Jacob Darland 3, Orlando Hernandez 2.

Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 11-10; Tied 17-17; St. Edmond led 36-23.

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