Western Christian thumps Storm Lake boys

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Hull Western Christian built a 20-11 lead after the first quarter and led 42-21 at the half and went on to defeat the Storm Lake High boys basketball team, 74-57 here Tuesday night.

Senior guard Ben Thompson led the Tornadoes with 18 points while senior post player Casey Morgan added ten points and Logan Masters added nine points.

Storm Lake boys basketball coach Jeff Brennan said his team has yet to establish an identity.

"Defensively, we put ourselves in some tough situations by gambling," Brennan said. "We have to show more discipline defensively. Although we outrebounded Hull, we didn't do a good job boxing out and our big guys have to get more rebounds."

Masters led the Tornadoes on the boards with ten while Derrick Randall added six.

"I thought we did a decent job of hustling after loose balls and long rebounds," Brennan added. "Offensively, we are struggling with consistency and assignments.

"Our focus will have to improve for us to get better offensively. I need to do a better job of coaching the kids on the mental aspect of the game.

"We only shot 32 percent from the field and that is not going to win many games. As a coaching staff, we are looking for someone to be a leader both on and off the court."

The Tornadoes outrebounded HWC 37-33 and both teams committed 17 turnovers.

Aurelia 59,

St. Mary's 48

Aurelia exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter on its home floor Tuesday night to erase a third-quarter deficit during a 59-48 win over Storm Lake-St. Mary's.

"We really played a nice 3 1/2 quarters," said Panther coach Brad Wild. "I give Aurelia credit for holding tight and making a late push to pull this one out. We are making a lot of progress and starting to put things together."

Sophomore guard Devin Landgraf led the Panthers with 18 points while senior Turial Buol and Nick Netsch both added ten points.

According to Wild, his team is lacking depth and ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.

"And their shots started to fall and they came up clutch for the line. Our guys really fought hard and played their hearts out."

He added that Aurelia's physical post player Matt Berg was a tough matchup for the Panthers.

"But I was pleased the way we defended him," he said.

St. Mary's led 18-12 after the first quarter and 30-23 at the half. Aurelia outscored the Panthers 12-10 in the third quarter but still trailed 40-35 at the last break.

Newell-Fonda 72,

Schaller-Crestland 21

Newell-Fonda broke open a close game in the third quarter in this win.

The Mustangs led 11-5 after the first quarter and 19-12 at the half. They turned on the afterburners in the second half, outscoring Schaller-Crestland 23-9 in the third quarter and 30-0 in the fourth for the final margin.

"We got off to a slow start offensively," said Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos. "But our defense was strong. We came out in the second half and played more relaxed on offense."

Four players reached double figures for Newell-Fonda, including Peter Olsen with 16, senior guard Jared Neppl with 12 and post player Tim Seagren and Jacob Jeppeson with 11 each.

No player reached double figures for Schaller-Crestland, but Justin Pyle netted eight points and Colin Johnson five.

"Newell-Fonda had more players and depth than we did," said Wildcat coach Jeremy Langner. "Our bench is not that deep. We did keep them close in the first half, but just wore down. We also didn't execute offensively in the last two quarters."

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