SLHS girls drop to 3-1 in Lakes Conference
Hull-Western-Christian's diversified offensive attack was too much for the Storm Lake High girls basketball team here Monday night as it beat the Tornadoes, 61-43
According to SLHS coach Stacy VanDerSloot, when her team concentrated on Western Christian's inside game, WC beat them from the outside and vice versa.
"They hit two three-point shots right away and that opened up their inside game the rest of the half," said VanDerSloot.
Leading the way at the post for Western Christian was 6-foot-3 senior center Amanda Eekhoff, who finished with a game-high 22 points. Sixteen of those came in the first half, according to VanDerSloot.
"She killed us on the inside in the first half but we were better against her in the second," said VanDerSloot. "But in the second half, they shot well from the outside. Give some credit to them; they played a strong game."
Meanwhile, the Tornadoes couldn't get much of an offense going, VanDerSloot said.
"We couldn't get out shots to go down and inside, Eekhoff was big for them on defense underneath as well," she said. "It was a game of frustration for us."
Junior guard Mel Fisher led the way for the Tornadoes with ten points, but was the only Storm Lake player in double figures. Senior Kiley Stavnes added three three-point baskets to finish with nine points while senior post player Chelsea Anderson and senior Molly Daniels added eight each.
The Tornadoes trailed just 14-13 after the first quarter but were outscored 22-8 in the second quarter and trailed 36-22 at the half.
"They hit some long shots right away and went right inside to Eekhoff," added VanDerSloot. "She had a strong second quarter."
Western Christian continued its momentum in the third quarter with a 14-11 advantage for a 50-33 lead after three frames. They outscored the Tornadoes 11-7 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
"We went to a 2-3 zone in the second half and put one player in front of Eekhoff and one behind her," VanDerSloot said. "We held her down but they started making some longer shots."
Sophomore forward Betsy Van't Heel was torrid from beyond the arc with a 17-point performance that included five three-point shots. Senior forward Liz VanVoorst also added double figures with ten points.
The loss was the first in the Lakes Conference for Storm Lake, which is now 3-1 in conference games. Hull-Western Christian is also 3-1 in conference with it's lone loss coming to Cherokee.
Meanwhile, VanDerSloot and the rest of the conference coaches are trying to figure out this league. The Storm Lake coach said Cherokee has beaten Hull-Western Christian but has lost to LeMars, which the Tornadoes handled rather easily.
"It's an even conference this season and it's just a matter of who shows up to play on a given night," VanDerSloot said.
The Tornado girls will attempt to stay in first place in the conference Friday night but it won't be easy. They play host to conference foe Sheldon starting at 6:30 p.m. at the SLHS gym.