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SE girls back in action

Defending champ N-F up next on tournament trail

NEWELL — The St. Edmond girls get their chance at pulling an upset when they take on two-time defending Class 1A state champion Newell-Fonda in a Region 2 quarterfinal here Tuesday night.

Tip is set for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to face either Audubon or Glidden-Ralston in the semifinals on Friday back here.

The Gaels (4-16 overall) advanced with a commanding 58-22 victory over Ankeny Christian last week in the postseason opener. Leah Neverman had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four blocks while Mya McClain added 10 points and five steals.

Kacey Kruthoff chipped in eight points, Kelli Kersten five rebounds and Leah Johnson three assists.

On the year, Neverman averages 10.5 points and over eight rebounds with McClain, Kruthoff, Kierstin Clark and Gracie Harvey all adding over four points a night.

The four wins under first-year head coach CJ Tracy matches the most for St. Edmond since the 2017-18 season.

Newell-Fonda (20-1) is ranked second behind Bishop Garrigan, who handed the Mustangs their lone loss this year. Newell-Fonda bested the Golden Bears for the state title last winter.

Bailey Sievers, Macy Sievers and Maggie Walker all averaged over 12 points per game to lead the Mustangs.

Newell-Fonda leads the state at 80.2 points per game, 21.2 assists per game and 21.7 steals per game under the direction of legendary head coach Dick Jungers. They are also first in made field goals and field goal attempts (31.8-for-68.6).

The Mustangs have won all five meetings between the two schools.

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