Tornado girls win but Panthers drop tilt to Rebels
The Storm Lake girls basketball team outscored Lakes Conference opponent Estherville 18-4 in the second quarter here Tuesday night en route to a 58-46 victory.
The Tornadoes were hot from outside the arc, hitting five three-point shots, including three by Kiley Stavnes and two by senior Molly Daniels.
"This was a good road win for us," said Storm Lake HIgh girls basketball coach Stacey VanderSloot. "We didn't shoot the ball well inside tonight, but our three-point shooting was good.
"We did a great job moving the ball inside and out. We also attacked to the basket and it's a good night when you can get to the free throw line 25 times."
The Tornadoes were led by a game-high 22 points from senior post player Chelsea Anderson, 14 points from senior Kiley Stavnes and 11 from senior guard Molly Daniels.
"Kiley and Molly did a great job shooting outside," added VanDerSloot. "That forced them to guard us out there and that opened up our inside game."
The coach added that the 17 turnovers her team committed was a few too many, but added, "It was a great all around team effort."
Anderson, meanwhile was six of 16 from two point range but made 10 of 14 free throws. Daniels attempted just three three pointers but made two. Stavnes was two of four from two point range but made three of seven from beyond the arc.
The Tornadoes also played good harassing defense. Even though they turned the ball over 17 times, they forced 20 Estherville turnovers. They outrebounded Estherville 39-32.
The Storm Lake High girls will get a strong test Thursday night when they play host to Schaller-Crestland and it's two strong post players, seniors Jenna Malcom and Monica Bloyer.
St. Mary's 44, Sioux Central 43
A strong second quarter lifted the Lady Panthers to this win Tuesday night in Sioux Rapids.
Sioux Central outscored St. Mary's 10-7 in the first quarter and led by as many as six early in the second. But the Panthers went on a run to outscore Sioux Central 13-8 in the second frame for a 20-18 lead at the half.
St. Mary's outscored Sioux Central 12-11 in the third quarter for a 32-29 lead after three. The Lady Rebels came back with a 14-12 advantage in the fourth before falling one-point short.
"It was obvious from the beginning that both teams were evenly matched," said St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg. "The second quarter was the difference for us. After trailing by six points in was a big momentum builder for us to take the lead going into halftime.
"I was also happy with the way we responded offensively in the fourth quarter. Every time Sioux Central cut the lead to one or tied it, we executed at our end to stay ahead."
Freshman guard Abby Richardson had a big game offensively for the Panthers, scoring 24 points. She hit seven of 23 two point attempt and was two of two from three point range. At the line, she was four of seven.
Michelle Drey added six points and senior point guard Kassie Drey five. St. Mary's outrebounded Sioux Central 43-30 and had 21 turnovers to 20 for the Lady Rebels.
Sioux Central's sophomore post player Stef Madsen scored 17 points but was the only Lady Rebel in double figures.
Newell-Fonda 65, Pomeroy-Palmer 43
Senior post player Jennifer Schumann scored a game-high 18 points in Pomeroy Tuesday night and added eight rebounds to lead the Mustangs to this win.
Two other Newell-Fonda players reached double figures as point guard Ashley Loos hit three shots from beyond the arc en route to 13 points and Kristen Culp did the same to finish with 11.
Post player Katie Wells added two three-point shots and finished with eight points.
The Mustangs started quick, vaulting to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter. But Pomeroy-Palmer played N-F fairly evenly the rest of the way. Newell-Fonda led 38-20 at the half and 50-25 at the end of the third quarter.
"We got out to an early lead and it held up," said Mustangs girls basketball coach Dick Jungers. "Our girls played with great intensity and enthusiasm and it paid off.
"Pomeroy was a very pesky opponent. They would just not go away. They were very patient in their offense and and in the press break and that allowed them to be successful."
Laney Markert led P-P with nine points while Ashley Meyer added eight and Tiffany Engel seven.
Schaller-Crestland 76, Aurelia 34
Schaller-Crestland rebounded from its loss last Friday to Galva-Holstein with a fine performance in this contest.
Senior post players Monica Bloyer and Jenna Malcom both scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats. Emily Dellwe added nine points while Erica Willer netted eight.
Kristen Munden led Aurelia with 11 points while Amy Hirschman added nine.
"Schaller-Crestland did an outstanding job on the boards," said Aurelia coach Jan Alfred. "They rebounded well and we did not do a good job blocking out. A lot of their points came off offensive rebounds.
"We need to toughen up mentally and we're allowing ourselves to be intimidated. That mental toughness is critical."
The Wildcats led 15-7 after one quarter, 37-14 at the half and 60-26 after three quarters.
Sac City 87, Alta 36
Brittany Lange's 25 points led Sac City to this easy win, according to SC coach Mike Fischer.
Dani Berry added 17 points for Sac City while Brittany Kreft netted 11.
Maggie Lichtenberg led the Lady Cyclones with 12 points while Lisa Lichtenberg added eight and freshman Jahde Hammer five.
Sac City vaulted to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter and led 42-17 at the half and 61-25 after three frames.
With the win, Fischer said, Sac City improved to 8-2 on the season.