Tornado girls fall; Mustangs roll on
It just wasn't in the cards here Friday night for the Storm Lake High girls basketball team.
The Tornadoes led 33-27 after three frames, but were outscored in the fourth quarter 15-9 as Emmetsburg forced overtime.
The E-Hawks and Tornado girls were knotted at 48 after the first overtime but Emmetsburg outscored the SL girls 6-5 in the second overtime period for a 54-53 win.
"It was a tough night for us," said Storm Lake High girls basketball coach Stacey VanDerSloot, who saw her team's Lakes Conference record drop to 7-5. The Tornado girls are 10-6 overall.
The Storm Lake girls had their outside game going but could get little going against Emmetsburg's strength inside, VanDerSloot said. SL hit eight three point shots, including three by senior Kiley Stavnes and two each by Molly Daniels and Anna Paulsen.
"Our outside game was really on, but they bunched up the defense inside and really shut off our inside game," added VanDerSloot.
Junior guard Mel Fisher led the Tornadoes with 17 points while Paulsen added 12 and Stavnes ten.
According to VanDerSloot, the E-Hawks were led by an unlikely hero, as guard Julie Airborne came off the bench to hit ten key points, most of which came in Emmetsburg's fourth quarter rally.
"We were up by two in the fourth quarter very late but missed a couple of free throws and they went down and tied it, forcing overtime," VanDerSloot said.
Storm Lake had trouble stopping Emmetsburg's Brittany Williamson, who scored a game-high 20 points.
St. Mary's 67
The Newell-Fonda High girls basketball team got to the line 58 times at the St. Mary's High gym Friday night and made just enough of them to win, beat the Lady Panthers 79-67.
While the end result was a 12-point margin, the Panthers had a gritty performance, getting to within just five points on two occasions in the fourth quarter.
"It was one of our better games," said St. Mary's girls basketball coach Ryan Berg. "Newell-Fonda is a very aggressive team offensively, and we decided to go after them just as aggressively on defense.
"We didn't give them many three or easy inside shots, but to get something, you have to give up something else Our aggressive defense let them get to the line a little too much for our liking."
Lady Mustang point guard Ashley Loos scored a game-high 29 points and was instrumental in breaking St. Mary's effective full-court press in the second half.
"We don't press very often, but I thought we played it very well," Berg said.
Newell-Fonda's senior post player Jennifer Schumann added 21 points while Andrea Larsen netted 15.
"When we've played Newell-Fonda in the past, they've usually had a big run or two against us, but they didn't Friday night," Berg added.
"We were pleased with that, and with the way we fought back. They kept getting up by ten or so points but we kept whitting it back down to five or six."
Senior post player Michelle Drey had a banner game for St. Mary's, scoring a team-high 23 points. Freshman Abby Richardson showed why she might be the most promising young player in the conference, netting 20 points and causing Newell-Fonda defensive problems.
Senior point guard Kassie Drey netted ten points for the Lady Panthers.
Newell Fonda, meanwhile, hit a late three in the first quarter for a 14-13 lead after one frame.
The Lady Mustangs outscored St. Mary's 24-15 in the second frame for a 38-28 lead at halftime. Newell-Fonda led 50-42 at the last break.
Sac City 82,
Sioux Central 37
Brittnay Lange hit for a game-high 21 points in Sac City Friday night as the Indians dealt the Sioux Central girls basketball team an 82-37 loss.
Abbu Biedenfeld led the Lady Rebels with 12 points while Briana Scharn and Beth Ehlers added nine each.
Sac City vaulted to a quick 22-7 lead after one quarter and led 39-16 at the half and 55-33 after three quarters.
Three other players reached double figures for Sac City in this win, including guard Dani Berry with 16, Adrianna Point with 14 and Brittany Kreft with 13 points.