Led by a game-high 25 points from junior guard/forward Mel Fisher and 18 points from senior post player Chelsea Anderson, the Storm Lake girls basketball team pounded Spirit Lake 58-42 here Tuesday night at the SLHS gym.
"We played awesome tonight," said Storm Lake High girls basketball coach Stacy VanDerSloot. "We shot the ball well at 52 percent and I was impressed with our defense. We held some good players under their averages and no Spirit Lake players reached double figures."
Fisher made eight of 15 two-point attempts and hit one of two three-point shots. Anderson hit seven of 14 two-point attempts and was four of six from the line.
"It was a great win for the team," added VanDerSloot. "Molly (Daniels) had seven assists and played tough defense. Mel and Chelsea were unstoppable inside and out."
The Tornado girls started strong, outscoring Spirit Lake 16-8 in the first quarter. They led 26-22 at the half and outscored Spirit Lake 13-7 in the third quarter for a 39-29 lead at the last break. Storm Lake outscored Spirit Lake 19-13 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Spirit Lake did have a 25-20 edge in rebounding but turned the ball over 17 times to just 16 for Storm Lake.
Fisher also had a nice game on the boards, finishing with nine rebounds and nearly notching a double-double.
The Tornado girls started the week with a 70-43 win over Unity Christian Monday night at the Storm Lake Middle School gym.
The Tornadoes had both inside and outside offense, as senior guard/forward Mel Fisher scored a game-high 18 points while senior post player Chelsea Anderson added 16. In addition, junior post player Amy Sennert also hit double figures with 14 points.
Coach VanDerSloot was happy with her team's performance.
"We shot the ball at 40 percent and are starting to take better shots," she said. "Our outside game is really coming on. The whole team is working hard."
She added that guards Mel Fisher and Molly Daniels dished out seven and five assists, respectively.
"They are doing a good job of getting our inside girls the ball," VanDerSloot said.
"One area we need to work on is rebounding. Allowing them 45 rebounds is way too many, especially 23 offensive rebounds.
"Our balanced scoring is a key to the team's' success. Our teamwork is fun to watch and these girls are so much fun to coach."
Sennert was also a force on the boards, finishing with a team-high ten rebounds. Anderson added nine and Fisher seven.
St. Mary's 39
St. Mary's fell behind early and turned it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring Schaller-Crestland 15-9 in that frame, but couldn't overcome a larger deficit.
"We simply didn't play with the intensity we needed for the first three quarters," said Storm Lake-St. Mary's girls basketball coach Ryan Berg.
"By the time we decided to play aggressively, we made a good run and took the lead but couldn't hold it. We have to learn to compete harder in the big games."
The Wildcats led 10-7 after the first quarter and 23-16 at the half. They outscored St. Mary's 11-6 in the third quarter for a 34-22 lead at the last break.
Freshman guard Abby Richardson led the way for St. Mary's with 13 points while senior Marisha Imming nearly hit double figures with nine points. In addition, senior point guard Kassie Drey added six points.
Led by post players Jenna Malcom and Monica Bloyer, Schaller-Crestland outrebounded St. Mary's 26-14.
The Wildcats were hurt by turnovers with 27 while the Lady Panthers had 19 turnovers. The Panthers were hurt by some subpar outside shooting, as they hit just 12 of 51 field goal attempts for 23.5 percent. St. Mary's did hit five three-point shots on 18 attempts and were 10 of 15 from the line. Imming hit three three-pointers for St. Mary's.
The Wildcats hit 16 of 28 two-point field goal attempts for 57.1 percent. They made three three-pointers and were 10 of 16 from the line.
Aurelia 52, AC-T 30
Three players reached double figures for Aurelia in this win Tuesday night in Aurelia.
Post player Kristen Munden and Emily Sonksen each notched 14 points while Christine Alfred also hit double figures with ten points.
Nevertheless, Lady Bulldog coach Jan Alfred was just as pleased with her team's defense.
"And we controlled the boards and were more aggressive on offense," she said. "Melissa Keith had another good night on the boards with 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Our field goal percentage was much-improved."
Krista Peterson led the Lady Hurricanes with a game-high 17 points. In addition, Alicia Erlandson added eight points.
Aurelia led just 10-9 after the first quarter and 22-17 at the half. The Bulldogs turned it on in the last 16 minutes, outscoring AC-T 17-9 in the third quarter and 13-4 in the fourth.
Sonksen added six rebounds and two steals while Christine Alfred contributed two assists and two steals.
Newell-Fonda point guard Ashley Loos hit five three-point shots en route to a 21-point performance in this home victory for the Mustangs in Newell Tuesday night.
Senior post player Jennifer Schumann added 20 points while Kristen Culp added two three pointers and finished with ten points overall.
"Our girls just came out and really took it to Alta," said Newell-Fonda girls basketball coach Dick Jungers. "We forced 39 turnovers with our pressure defense, and on offense, we got hot from the perimiter and really stretched their defense out."
Andrea Larsen added 12 points for the Lady Mustangs, who improved to 10-0 in Northwest Conference play. It was N-F's 14th straight win and stretched their overall record to 14-1.
Newell-Fonda came out strong in the first quarter, outscoring Alta 33-7 after one frame. They led 64-16 at the half and 83-24 after three quarters.
Freshman guard Jahde Hammer led the Lady Cyclones with a team-high 10 points while senior post player Maggie Lichtenberg netted nine.
Larsen, Katie Wells and Sarah Culp each had for rebounds for the Mustangs. Kristen Culp finished with seven assists, Loos six and Sarah Culp four.
Meanwhile, the Alta High girls basketball team won its second game of the season Monday night at home, edging Aurelia 52-50.
Holly Leyden led the Lady Cyclones with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal. Angie Brugman added eight points and five rebounds while Jenny Mahr netted seven points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
"Both teams played extremely hard and the game could have gone either way," said Alta coach Mike Green. "Fortunately, we got some breaks and won.
"We still need to improve in some areas, but that will happen over time. It was a good win for our program."
Meanwhile, Johanna Grieme pitched in with seven points and three rebounds while senior post player Maggie Lichtenberg netted six points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Freshman Jahde Hammer finished with five points, three boards, four assists and one steal.
The Lady Cyclones led 14-4 after one quarter and 26-19 at the half. Aurelia trailed just 39-35 after three frames and outscored Alta 15-13 in the fourth quarter before falling two points short.
Emily Sonksen led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points while Amy Hirschman added 11. In addition, senior Melissa Keith and Kristen Munden each added nine points.
"Once again, turnovers cost us the game," said Aurelia girls basketball coach Jan Alfred. "We outrebounded Alta and did a good job of shutting down their middle.
"We simply gave them too many opportunities by giving the ball away. Emily had a great game and Melissa did a great job on the boards with ten rebounds."