Aurelia rallies past SM girls
Despite 17 points from senior forward Amy Sennert, Hull Western Christian came away with a 61-53 over the Storm Lake High girls basketball team here Monday night.
According to SLHS coach Stacey VanDerSloot, shooting percentage was the difference in the game. Storm Lake shot 36 percent from the field while Western Christian shot 47 percent.
"In their first four games, Western Christian shot just 33 percent from the field," VanDerSloot said. "It seemed like everything they threw up went in.
"We gave them way too many second shots because we didn't box out. We had a slow start offensively and we are passing up too many open shots."
Senior two guard Mel Fisher added 12 points and pulled down six rebounds. Senior Anna Paulsen added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.
"We shot well from the free throw line at eight for nine but have to get there more often," VanDerSloot added. "We played one good quarter tonight. We need to play four solid quarters each night."
Western Christian led 16-9 after the first quarter and 24-16 at the half. They outscored the Tornadoes 16-11 in the third quarter for a 40-27 lead at the last break. Storm Lake did have a 26-21 advantage in the fourth quarter before falling eight points short.
St. Mary's 42
Aurelia came back from a 23-10 halftime deficit, outscoring Storm Lake-St. Mary's 21-7 in the third quarter and 16-12 in the fourth for the final margin.
The Panthers had outscored Aurelia 12-4 in the first quarter and 11-6 in the second.
"Obviously, Aurelia came out in the second half with a lot of fire, and they capitalized on every opportunity they were given.
"I did not manage things very well in the second half and didn't help our girls keep their composure. So I will take responsibility four our losing the lead."
Sophomore guard Abby Richardson led the Lady Panthers with 15 points while sophomore post player Janie Imming added 13 points and ten rebounds for a double-double.
Aurelia won despite committing 27 turnovers while St. Mary's had just nine. The Panthers shot 30.2 percent from the field while Aurelia made just 28 percent of their shots.
Schaller Crestland 45
Newell-Fonda's senior guard Kristen Culp hit five three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points in Schaller Tuesday night to lead the Lady Mustangs to this win.
With the win, the Newell-Fonda girls basketball team improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Northwest Conference.
"Our defensive pressure really broke the game open in the second quarter," said N-F coach Dick Jungers. "Our girls were really flying to the ball and just making things happen.
"We also did a nice job of getting the ball to the hot hand on offense. We had a lot of different people involved with what we were trying to do."
Senior post player Jennifer Schumann added 15 points while senior power forward Andrea Larsen added 11.
Newell-Fonda led 19-14 after the first quarter and outscored the Wildcats 27-6 in the second quarter for a 46-20 lead at the half. The Mustangs led 59-33 after three frames.
Becky Willer led Schaller-Crestland with 11 points while junior small forward Ayla Ringgenberg added ten and Courtney Whitmore nine. Kelsey Drey and Kayla Bihrer each netted seven points.
Sac City 53,
Sioux Central 38
Sac City's fine guard Brittany Kreft scored a game-high 14 points in Sac City Tuesday night, leading the Indians to an easy win over Sioux Central.
Dani Berry added 13 and Jenna Crab 11 for Sac City. Also, guard Brittany Lange nearly reached double figures, scoring nine points.
No Sioux Central players reached double figures, but Katie Ehlers netted eight points, junior post player Chelsea Winterborer six and Stef Madsen and Abbey Biedenfeld added five each.
Sac City was consistent for each of the first three quarters both offensively and defensively. They outscored Sioux Central 14-7 in the first quarter, 12-6 in the second and 19-12 in the third. The Lady Rebels outscored Sac City 13-8 in the fourth quarter.
Galva-Holstein's Deena Hudson scored a game-high 22 points here Monday night to lead the Lady Pirates to a 64-48 win over the Alta High girls basketball team.
G-H led 18-12 after the first quarter and stretched that to 34-25 at the half.
Things went better in the second half for Alta, according to Cyclone coach Jeannie Henningsen.
"We had our chances," she said. "We cut the lead in the second half to two but couldn't get over the hump. We need to continue to improve and we definitely need to rebound if we want to be competitive."
Senior forward Holly Leyden led Alta with 15 points while Amanda Meyer added ten and sophomore point guard Jahde Hammer eight.
Galva-Holstein post player Whitney Rasmussen added 15 points while senior guard Emily Schlinz added 14 points.
Leyden did some serious damage at the free throw line, hitting nine of ten field goals to go along with four of 13 from the floor on two-point field goals.
The Cyclones got to within 42-36 after the third quarter but were outscored 20-12 in the fourth quarter.