Wordekemper scores 34 points to lift Panthers to 89-87 win.
SIOUX RAPIDS - Eric Wordekemper scored a career-high 34 points in his season debut to help lead Storm Lake St. Mary's to a thrilling 89-87 triple overtime win over Sioux Central last Friday night at Sioux Rapids.
Sioux Central held a 14-12 lead after the first quarter and led 26-20 at the halftime break. St. Mary's took a 45-44 lead after three periods of play.
St. Mary's led 56-51 with 3 minutes to play, but the Rebels rallied to tie it at 59-59 at the end of regulation.
Wordekemper made 14 field goals, including four 3-pointers to lead the Panthers. Billy Mach scored 17 points, Kyle Drey added 15 and Joe Fitzgerald had 10.
St. Mary's made eight 3-pointers in the game and was 31 of 63 from the field for 49 percent.
Drey pulled down 13 rebounds for the Panthers, while Joey McCollum added nine and Wordekemper eight.
Mach was credited with five assists, while Wordekemper and Eric Drey each had four. Wordekemper also charted five steals.
Jeff Madsen poured in a career-high 33 points for Sioux Central. Jason Brown tossed in 20 points, including two 3-pointers. Nate Wittmaack and Tyler Vaudt added nine points apiece.
Vaudt and Madsen each cleared nine rebounds, while Wittmaack added five. Vaudt handed out a career-high 11 assists, while Cody Tibbetts had six. Tibbetts and Madsen each had four steals.
"I credit our guys with holding off a number of Sioux Central comebacks," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "It was a great game to be a part of. Both teams played hard and we were lucky enough to be on top at the end."