The Sheldon girls took an early lead and kept it to defeat Storm Lake 56-46 in a road game for the Lady Tornadoes Friday night.
It was Kelly Davis that gave Storm Lake the most fits, scoring 13 points in the first period alone to give the Lady Orabs a 23-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
Davis sprained an ankle in the second quarter and had to sit out the rest of the game, but Sheldon still held onto the lead for an 18-point margin at the half.
The Lady Tornadoes narrowed the point deficit to 41-30 at the end of the third period, but Sheldon held on to finish it 56-46.
Katie Overturf was high scorer for the Tornadoes with 13 points. Davis was high scorer for Sheldon with 15 points, 13 of those in the first period.
Storm Lake was 9-13 from the line while Sheldon was 10-21.
The Lady Tornadoes are now 3-6 for the season and 1-5 in conference play while the Lady Orabs are 5-3 for the season overall and 2-3 in conference action.
Sioux Central 60
The Sioux Central girls basketball team overcame an eight-point halftime deficit here Friday night and rallied for a 60-51 win over Alta at the Alta middle school gym.
Just five players scored for Sioux Central, but they all hit double figures. Sophomore Briana Scharn led the way with 14 points, followed junior post player Stef Madsen with 13, Beth Ehlers with 12 and Abbey Biedenfeld with ten.
Sophomore point guard Jahde Hammer led Alta with a game-high 23 points while senior guard Holly Leyden added ten and sophomore post player Dee Hinkeldey eight.
The Cyclones got off to a strong start, building a 16-9 lead after the first quarter. They outscored Sioux Central 17-16 in the second frame for a 33-25 lead at the half.
"We played a good first half," said Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen. "Give Sioux Central credit for coming back strong in the last two quarters.
"They broke our defense down in the halfcourt offense and got some easy baskets," she added. "Madsen is a tough player in the middle and they have some kids who can score well."
Sioux Central outscored the Alta girls 15-8 in the third quarter to take a 41-40 lead at the last break and only got stronger in the fourth quarter. The Lady Rebels had a 19-11 advantage in the fourth frame for the final margin.
Alta was down by just four points with 3 minutes, 24 seconds left when Madsen made a shot from close in, was fouled and made the free throw for a 51-44 lead.
Hammer hit a long three right after that to narrow the gap to 51-47 with less than three minutes left. But the Lady Cyclones made some key turnovers down the stretch on important possessions.
Sac City 73
The talented Sac City girls basketball team hit 16 three pointers on its home floor Friday night, helping deal Aurelia a 73-37 loss.
The Indians were led in scoring by standout guard Brittany Lange, who scored a career and game-high 33 points.
Dani Berry added 14 points for Sac City while guard Brittany Kreft and Carrie Duffy added eight points each.
Sophomore post player Kristen Munden led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points, while Emily Sonksen added seven and post player Amy Hirschman six.
Sac City outscored Aurelia 18-11 in the first quarter, 22-9 in the second, 16-6 in the third quarter and 17-11 in the fourth.
Sac City sits alone atop the Northwest Conference standings with a 4-0 mark.
Spalding Catholic 30
Led by Kristine Munden's 11 points and ten from Melissa Keith, the Aurelia girls basketball team ran to a 52-30 win over Spalding Catholic of Granville here Thursday night.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-2 on the season.
"The girls played hard from start to finish," said Aurelia coach Marv Munden. "This was a good game for us because we maintained a sizable lead that allowed us to play everyone.
"The press caused problems for them and resulted in steals and layups for us. We had great balance on offense and and played very hard on the defensive end of the floor."
As a team, the Lady Bulldogs had 18 steals Thursday night and forced GS into 26 turnovers overall. Aurelia committed 18 turnovers themselves.
Aurelia was a respectable 21 of 55 from two-point range for 45 percent and held GS to 11 of 41 shooting or about 25 percent. The Bulldogs also outrebounded Spalding Catholic 34-18.
Individually, Munden nearly charted a double-double, finishing with a team-high seven rebounds. Hirschman added six and Emily Sonksen had a game-high ten assists.
Sonksen was also tough defensively, finishing with six steals and added nine points in the contest.