EAGLE GROVE - Both the St. Edmond boys and girls basketball teams will look to start the new year on the right foot tonight.
Making their first appearance in two weeks, the Gaels hit the road to face Eagle Grove in a North Central Conference doubleheader.
Tip for the girls game is set for 6:15 p.m., followed by boys action at around 7:45 p.m.
After dropping a hard-fought 47-44 decision at No. 2 (Class 3A) Iowa Falls-Alden in their last outing, the Gael boys (6-3 overall, 5-3 NCC) are motivated to right the ship.
Junior Robby Burke (19.0) and senior David Flattery (10.3) are the offensive catalysts for defending 2A state runner-up St. Edmond. Burke also paces the Gaels in field-goal percentage (65.5; 76-for-116) and total rebounds (89), while Flattery dishes out 4.6 assists per game.
Junior Zach Koesis (10.3) and senior Brennon Cameron (8.4) are the main weapons for the Eagles, who notched their only victory of the season by a 48-44 count over Hampton-Dumont prior to the holiday break.
Gael Boys (6-3, 5-3)
G Aaron McElroy, 5-9, sr., 3.3
G Aaron Chalstrom, 6-0, sr., 6.6
F David Flattery, 6-3, sr., 10.3
F Hank Crimmins, 6-1, jr., 0.7
C Robby Burke, 6-6, jr., 19.0
Gael Girls (9-1, 8-1)
G Jaci Stumpf, 5-5, so., 10.1
G Maddie McCarville, 5-5, jr., 1.6
F Anna Yung, 5-8, so., 14.3
F Alli Huss, 6-0, jr., 13.3
C Hannah Lentsch, 6-1, sr., 7.7
The 15th-ranked (2A) Gael girls (9-1, 8-1) are seeking their seventh consecutive win. Sophomore Anna Yung (14.3), junior Alli Huss (13.3) and sophomore Jaci Stumpf (10.1) are the top offensive threats for reigning league champion St. Edmond, which is outscoring its opponents by an average margin of 19.1 points a night.
Huss is also shooting a team-high 53.3 percent (57-for-107) from the field, while Huss grabs 8.1 rebounds per contest. Stumpf leads the green and white in total assists (55) and steals (42).
"Hopefully, we can kind of knock the rust off a little bit," SEHS head coach Scott Messerly said. "I think we're kind of tired of practicing right now. Everyone's healthy and ready to play some games again, so it'll be interesting to see how we respond."
In their last outing back on Dec. 21, the Gaels posted a convincing 51-33 NCC road triumph over Iowa Falls-Alden.
Junior Megan Crail (7.6), senior Beth Mork (7.3) and sophomore Samm Kruckenberg (7.2) are the focal points for the Eagles (1-8, 1-7), who are aiming to avenge a 59-27 season-opening setback to St. Edmond.
Eagle Grove, which has dropped six straight games, earned its lone victory this season in a 44-37 decision against Clarion-Goldfield.