Storm Lake's senior guard Anna Paulsen scored a career-high 17 points here Saturday night to lead the Tornado girls basketball team to a 64-56 win over Schaller-Crestland.
Paulsen hit four three pointers on the night and was five of six from the free throw line.
The game was close in the first two quarters, but both teams made long scoring runs in the third and fourth quarters.
The Tornadoes led 16-13 after one quarter and outscored Schaller-Crestland 17-16 in the second frame for a 33-29 lead at the half.
The Lady Wildcats came back strong in the third quarter, outscoring Storm Lake 20-12 to take a 49-45 lead at the last break.
The Tornadoes returned the favor in the fourth, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 19-7 for the final margin.
"This was a game of ups and downs," said SLHS girls basketball coach Stacey VanDerSloot. "Anna had a great night and we got strong contributions from our bench. Heidi (Hammen), Amanda (Proczak) and Lindsey (Guenther) all came in and hit some huge baskets for us.
This was a nice win for us."
Senior guard Mel Fisher added 13 points for the Tornadoes while Hammen and Proczak added eight each.
Three players reached double figures for Schaller-Crestland. Junior forward Ayla Ringgenberg led the way with 14 points while Emily Dellwo and junior point guard Kayla Bihrer each netted ten.
Fisher nearly had a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds, as the Tornadoes outrebounded S-C 42-33.
Free throws were a factor, as Storm Lake hit 20 of 34 and S-C 11 of 22. Fisher also added eight assists.