Senior forward Amy Sennert scored a career-high 27 points here Tuesday night to lead the Storm Lake girls basketball team to an 81-61 win over Alta at the SLHS gym.
Sennert made ten of 17 two-point field goals and added seven of eight free throws.
Three other Storm Lake players hit double figures in scoring. Senior guard Mel Fisher added 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while senior guard Anna Paulsen and Katie Overturf each scored ten points.
SLHS girls basketball coach Stacey VanDerSloot was pleased with the win.
"It was a good way to start our season," she said. "We played hard for four quarters and moved the ball well. Amy Sennert had a great night. She was on fire, scoring a career-high 27 points.
"We shot the ball; we'll take 45.3 shooting any night and we also shot 72 percent from the free throw line. Alta did a great job tonight. They are a scrappy ball club which fought hard for all four quarters. They are a young team that's only going to get better each night out."
In Tuesday night's game, the Tornadoes took a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and both teams scored 16 points in the first quarter. The Cyclones outscored Storm Lake 22-21 in the third quarter but SLHS came back with a strong fourth frame, outscoring Alta 24-15.
VanDerSloot added that her team committed too many fouls.
"We can not put the other team on the foul line 34 times and expect to win the close ones. Our conference is too even for that. Defense is going to be huge factor in the won and loss records."
In Lakes Conference openers Tuesday night, VanDerSloot said, Spencer beat Sheldon in overtime 43-41, LeMars beat Emmetsburg 52-50. Spirit Lake beat Hull Western-Christian 57-45 and Cherokee beat Estherville-LC, 81-31.
For Alta, sophomore guard Jahde Hammer led the way with 17 points while junior post player Deidre Hinkeldey added 14 points and Amanda Meyer 15 points. Hammer was four of ten from two-point territory, made one three-pointer and added six of ten from the line.
Hinkeldey was eight of nine from the free throw stripe and added a team-high seven rebounds. Meyer hit four of six three point shots.
Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen said she was proud of her team's effort.
"Our players did a lot of good things to keep us in the game," she said. "We limited our turnovers and we were able to get some offense generated.
"I thought Jahde did a good job of running the offense. Our post players gave us good minutes with Dee getting 14 points and Amanda had an awesome night from beyond the arc.
"This was her first varsity basketball game and what she did was impressive. As a team, we need to build on this. We still have a lot of little things to clean up and that will help us reach our goal of improving with each game we play."