IOWA FALLS - Pushing its win streak to six straight games, the St. Edmond girls basketball team earned a decisive 51-33 North Central Conference victory over Iowa Falls-Alden Friday night.
After falling behind by four points in the opening stages, the 15th-ranked (Class 2A) Gaels (9-1 overall, 8-1 NCC) closed out the first quarter on an 11-2 run and never looked back.
"We only had three fouls in the first half, and we just played very solid basketball," said SEHS head coach Scott Messerly. "Going into the Christmas break 9-1 is kind of what we were shooting for."
Junior Alli Huss sparked SEHS with 19 points on 9-for-17 shooting. She also contributed 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the victory.
Anna Yung, a sophomore, added 16 points, five boards, five steals and four assists for the Gaels. Classmate Jaci Stumpf tallied six steals and five assists.
"Alli and Anna opened things up for us offensively, which was big," said Messerly. "Jaci also did a great job defensively on (IF-A's) leading scorer Jamie Peterson, holding her without a field-goal (Peterson came in averaging 12.5 points per game)."
ST. EDMOND 51, IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 33
St. Edmond - Maddie McCarville 2, Jaci Stumpf 3, Anna Yung 16, Hannah Lentsch 2, Clare Flattery 2, Alli Huss 19, Madeline Baldwin 7.
Iowa Falls-Alden - Lindsay Barnhart 9, Jamie Peterson 3, Harli Janes 6, Mary Jane Halder 3, Sophia Wibholm 8, Samantha Kluesner 2, Saje Ites 2.
Quarter scores: SE led 15-10, 31-19, 42-25.
Leading the way for the Cadets (5-4, 4-3) with nine points was Lindsay Barnhart. Iowa Falls-Alden committed 25 turnovers.
Following the holiday break, the Gaels visit Eagle Grove on Jan. 4.