Wildcats rally past Panthers
The Storm Lake-St. Mary's girls basketball team outscored Schaller-Crestland 13-6 here Tuesday night in the first quarter but couldn't keep the momentum going in a 54-38 loss.
The Lady Wildcats took command starting in the second quarter. They outscored St. Mary's 16-4 in that frame for a 21-17 lead at the break.
Schaller-Crestland continued the trend in the second half, outscoring St. Mary's 12-8 in the third quarter and 18-13 in the fourth.
"We started out strong offensively but then we stopped taking advantage out of what was available and seemed to lose our own aggressiveness," said Panthers coach Ryan Berg. "Overall, our defense was what hurt us. We weren't effective consistently in either our man to man or zone defenses."
Sophomore standout Abby Richardson led St. Mary's with 12 points while sophomore post player Janice Imming matched that total. Senior forward Colleen Smith nearly hit double figures with nine points.
Imming notched a double-double, pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Katie Larsen added five rebounds but the Lady Panthers were out- rebounded 38-28.
Richardson was tough defensively, coming up with five steals. The Panthers shot just 13 of 54 from the field for 24.1 percent. Schaller-Crestland was 20 of 63 for 31.7 percent.
The Panthers also had trouble with turnovers, committing 26 to 12 for Schaller-Crestland.
The Newell-Fonda High girls basketball team improved to 11-1 overall and to 6-1 in Northwest Conference play on the road Tuesday night, running to a 90-47 win over Alta.
Newell-Fonda's post players, seniors Jennifer Schumann and Andrea Larsen, were too much for the Lady Cyclones.
Schumann finished with a game-high 25 points while Larsen added 18. Sam Schaffer also hit double figures with 12 points. Senior guard Kristin Culp hit two three-pointers and finished with eight points.
"This was a game where we brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm and took Alta out of its game," Newell-Fonda coach Dick Junkers said. "We had a great team passing effort to go with a fairly solid defensive effort."
The Mustangs led from the opening tip and led 28-14 after the first quarter. N-F led 49-25 after two quarters and 72-36 at the last break.
Sophomore post player Dee Hinkeldey led the Lady Cyclones with 11 points but was the only Alta player in double figures. Senior post player Jenny Mahr added eight points and senior Holly Leyden and sophomore Jahde Hammer added six each.
Hammer led the way in rebounding with seven while Lauren Lichtenberg added six.
Sioux Central 47
The Lady Bulldogs won this contest with some tough defense and a balanced scoring attack.
Aurelia held Sioux Central to just five points in the first quarter, 11 in the second and 14 in the third. They led 10-5 after the first quarter and 19-16 at the half. They outscored Sioux Central 19-14 in the third quarter for a 38-30 lead at the last break. Sioux Central outscored Aurelia 17-14 in the fourth frame but the rally fell five points short.
Three players reached double figures for Aurelia, including Amy Hirschman with 14 points, Melissa Keith with 13 and Emily Sonksen with 12. Sophomore post player Kristin Munden added nine points.
"Going on the road and winning against a team as good as Sioux Central is a great compliment to our girls," said coach Marv Munden. "It takes a great team effort to win games in this league and that is exactly what we had on Tuesday night.
"We had good, balanced scoring and on defense, the girls did a good job of making adjustments during the game to slow them down a little bit."
Hirschman nearly pulled off a double-double with nine rebounds. Munden added eight and Keith and Christine Alfred each added five boards.
Keith added four assists and three steals for Aurelia, which improved to 8-3 on the season.