A bucket by Mel Fisher with seven minutes left in the first half gave the Storm Lake girls basketball team their only lead at 14-13 Friday night at Cherokee. The host team came back with a vengeance to beat Storm Lake 74-35.
Otherwise, it was Cherokee's game, with the Braves leading 13-10 at the end of the first quarter. At the half it was 41-18 after a 28-4 run by Cherokee.
After three periods, Cherokee led 65-25, finishing it 74-35.
Katie Ebel led Cherokee scoring with 15 points followed by Autumn Bartel with 13.
For Storm Lake, Katie Overturf and Mel Fisher led with 7 points each. They were followed by Anna Paulsen with 5, Amy Sennert and Kristin Erskine 4, Lindsay Guenther 3, Kata Harvey 2, Beth Bjorkgren 2, and Amanda Proczak 1.
Storm Lake was 12-18 from the line while Chrokee was 3-9.
Storm Lake is 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the Lakes Conference while Cherokee remains undefeated at 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
St. Mary's 42
The St. Mary's girls gave state-ranked Newell-Fonda a run for its money for two and a half quarters in their home gym Friday night before faltering in the last quarter to suffer their fifth conference loss.
The Lady Panthers trailed 15-6 after one quarter and 27-16 at the half. St. Mary's was within ten points of the Mustangs until midway through the third quarter, when the Mustangs' defense tightened.
Newell-Fonda wound up outscoring St. Mary's 22-10 in the third quarter to break the game open. The Lady Panthers battled back in the fourth quarter, outscoring N-F 16-11 before falling 18 points short.
"I thought we played good defense for the most part," said St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg. "We only let them go on one long scoring run and that was in the first quarter."
Berg added that with this being the first game back from the holiday break, conditioning was a factor.
"I thought we wore down a little bit later in the third quarter," said Berg. "Offensively, we weren't quite as patient as we needed to be and we made some bad decisions that resulted in turnovers."
For St. Mary's, sophomore point guard Abby Richardson scored a game-high 20 points, including three three-pointers. Colleen Smith and sophomore post player Janie Imming added six points each.
Newell-Fonda was led by a well-balanced attack. Senior post players Jen Schumann and Andrea Larsen each netted a team-high 12 points while the Culp sisters, Sarah and Kristen, each netted nine points.
Newell-Fonda made six three-pointers and free throws were an important factor in their offense, as they were 20 of 27 from the stripe.
Richardson added four steals and the Mustangs outrebounded St. Mary's 31-24.
With the loss, St. Mary's dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Northwest Conference play.
Despite 15 points from sophomore forward Dee Hinkeldey, the Alta High girls basketball team fell victim to Schaller-Crestland here Thursday night, 53-33.
No other Alta player reached double figures but senior forward Holly Leyden was close with eight points.
Schaller-Crestland was paced by junior forward Ayla Ringgenberg, who finished with a game-high 18 points. Two other Lady Wildcats reached double figures, as Courtney Whitmore netted 13 and Emily Dellwo 11.
Schaller-Crestland led 15-11 after one quarter and outscored Alta 9-5 in the second frame for a 24-16 lead at the half.
The Lady Wildcats broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Cyclones 15-4 for a 44-20 lead at the last break. Alta outscored Schaller-Crestland 13-9 in the last quarter before falling short.
Hinkeldey made seven of ten two-point field goals and was one of one at the line. Sophomore point guard Jahde Hammer added ten rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
The Cyclones, however, were hurt by turnovers, committing 21 on the night.
The Wildcats made 22 two-point field goals, one three-pointer and were six of 18 from the line.