When a state-ranked team plays its best game of the season against your team, you have to give them all the credit.
That's what fourth-ranked Carroll did on its home floor to Storm Lake High girls basketball team here Saturday night, beating the Tornadoes 81-56 in a regional semifinal.
"Carroll is a very good team which played its best game of the season," said SLHS girls basketball coach Stacey VanDerSloot. "We only shot 28 percent and that made the difference.
"We missed way too many layups and two-foot shots."
The Tornado girls stayed with Carroll early, but the latter pulled away starting early in the second quarter.
Carroll led 23-12 after the first frame but outscored Storm Lake 18-9 in the second frame for a 41-21 lead at the half. Carroll outscored the Tornadoes 20-11 in the third quarter and Storm Lake outscored Carroll 26-20 in the fourth quarter before falling short.
"We had a difficult time stopping them defensively," added VanDerSloot. "We tried everything but nothing worked. We had a good season and we'll truly miss our seniors. They are a class act."
Senior post player Chelsea Anderson led Storm Lake in scoring with 21 points while senior forward Molly Daniels added six three-pointers for 18 points.
Carroll shot the ball well, at a 56 percent clip while the Tornadoes just 22 of 77 field goal attempts for 28.2 percent shooting.
The Storm Lake girls, who finished the season with an 11-11 mark, stayed with Carroll on the boards. They were outrebounded just 38-34.