SLHS boys win third straight, beat 4A West
The Storm Lake boys basketball team is on a roll that's been a long-time coming.
The Tornadoes stretched their winning streak to three games here at the SLHS gym Tuesday night with a 57-48 win over Class 4A Sioux City West.
Senior post player Casey Morgan had his best overall game of the season to date, coming up with a double double on 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Three other Storm Lake players hit double figures, as post player Derrick Randall added 11 points and guards Ben Thompson and Logan Masters finished with ten points each.
According to SLHS coach Jeff Brennan, his team played well in the first half and stopped a SCW run in the second half with some crucial defensive stops.
The Tornadoes led 19-13 after the first half and 34-29 at the half. SCW outscored Storm Lake 12-7 in the third quarter for a tie at 41 after the third quarter. Storm Lake upped the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, holding the Wolverines to seven points while scoring 16 themselves.
"The kids played great defensively when they had to," said Brennan. "SC West had a 46-44 lead when our kids got three consecutive stops to put us on top 50-44.
"We showed composure at the end of the game when things were tight. We got off to a great start, scoring 34 points in the first half.
"We just did not shoot the ball well in the second half, but we are getting better. We have a big game at home (tonight) against Spencer."
The Tornadoes had an edge on the boards over smaller Sioux City West, coming up with 33 rebounds to just 18 for the Wolverines.
Masters added eight assists and five rebounds. Matt Adams also added five rebounds.
Storm Lake-St. Mary's 51
Led by six of eight shooting from beyond the arc by senior guard Adam Barlow, the Schaller-Crestland Wildcats cruised to this win.
S-C made 11 three-pointers overall and attempted 15. Barlow finished with 18 points. The Wildcats' leading scorer, Justin Pyle, scored a game-high 22 points, including two three-pointers. Freshman Collin Johnson also hit double figures with 11 points.
The game, meanwhile, was close throughout. S-C led 15-13 after the first quarter but St. Mary's outscored it 12-10 in the second frame for a tie at 25 at the half.
The Wildcats broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring St. Mary's 22-9 for a more comfortable 47-34 lead at the last break. SC outscored the Panthers 23-17 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
For St. Mary's senior guard/forward Turail Buol led the way with 18 points while point guard Abe Flanigan added 15. In addition, Jimmy Steward netted eight points for the Panthers.
"Schaller-Crestland did what they needed to do," said Panther coach Brad Wild. "They worked hard, took care of the ball, defended well and hit their shots.
"We needed to do a better job hitting the glass and defending. Pyle was able to get to the hole and we knew coming in he would try to do that.
"We anticipated him driving yet he was still able to hurt us so I give him credit. They played a good game but we had a tough time overcoming a poor third quarter. Our team rebounds were just not where they needed to be and we were a step or two slow on loose balls as well."
Schaller-Crestland outrebounded the Panthers 31-16 and committed just ten turnovers.
This was a classic game between two Northwest Conference rivals, as Newell-Fonda held off a fourth-quarter run by Alta to win by a point.
Alta led 17-15 after the first quarter but trailed 27-23 at the half. Both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter as the Mustangs took a 40-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones outscored Newell-Fonda 23-20 in the fourth quarter before falling short.
"I was very pleased with our defensive performance," said Mustang coach Paul Loos. "We also did a nice job of taking care of the ball."
Free throws were a key factor, according to Alta coach Larry McNutt. Newell-Fonda went to the line 24 times and hit 13 shots while the Cyclones were just five of eight from the line.
"We gave a good effort but we have to do the little things better," McNutt said. "We went ten minutes in the first half and only scored six points. You can't do that against a good team.
"We have to get to the line more and we hope to rebound better Thursday against Laurens-Marathon."
Chad Buchholz led Newell-Fonda with 17 points while Tim Seagren added 12.
Four players reached double figures for Alta, led by guard Brad Payne and Justin DeMan with 13 points each. Post player Adam Pedersen added 12 and post player Thomas Hansen 11.
Brent Sexton and Seagren led Newell-Fonda on the boards with seven points each. Pedersen led Alta with eight rebounds while DeMan added seven.
Newell-Fonda finished with just six turnovers while Alta committed 14.
Sioux Central 60
Surprisingly, Sioux Central outrebounded physical Aurelia in Sioux Rapids Tuesday night to come away with this overtime win.
According to Rebel coach Chris Wildeman, the Rebels trailed by eight in the fourth quarter but rallied to force overtime.
The Bulldogs led 9-7 after the first quarter and 28-25 at the half. Aurelia outscored Sioux Central 14-9 in the third quarter for a 42-34 lead at the last break.
Sioux Central came back strong in the fourth quarter, outscoring Aurelia 17-9 to force overtime and a tie at 51 after regulation. The Rebels outscored Aurelia 9-5 in the overtime period for the final margin. "We fought hard in the fourth quarter to force overtime," Wildeman said.
The Rebels outrebounded Aurelia 36-28 and were 20 of 49 from the field.