The Storm Lake girls basketball team inched within a game of .500 here Tuesday night with a 47-40 win over Estherville-Lincoln Central.
Senior guard Mel Fisher scored a game-high 14 points and Katie Overturf added ten as the Tornado girls improved to 7-8 on the season.
"This was a good road win for us," said SLHS girls basketball coach Stacey VanDerSloot. "The girls played hard and stayed focused. We didn't play a great game, but were still able to pull out a win."
Fisher was five of 12 from two-point range and made four of ten free throws. Senior post player Amy Sennert added seven points while Anna Paulsen and Kristan Erskine added six each.
"Our confidence continues to grow and team unity is making a difference," VanDerSloot added.
"Our free throws were off (Tuesday night) but we got to the line and that's the important thing for this team."
The Tornadoes hit 14 of 27 free throws and were 17 of 48 from the field for 35.8 percent. They held E-LC to 16 of 52 from the field for 31 percent. The Midgets hurt themselves at the free throw line, where they hit just eight of 21 attempts.
Fisher also had a big night on the boards with ten rebounds. Erskine led the Tornadoes with 11 rebounds as Storm Lake outrebounded E-LC 42-39.
Paulsen finished with six assists while Fisher added five.
The Storm Lake girls play host to Emmetsburg Friday night at the SLHS gym starting at 6:30 p.m.
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Sophomore guard Jahde Hammer scored a game-high 18 points and added five assist and three rebounds in this win for the Lady Cyclones.
Alta won on the strength of a strong first half. It led 15-12 after one quarter and outscored SM 12-7 in the second quarter for a 27-19 lead at the intermission.
St. Mary's and Alta both scored six points in the third quarter and the Lady Panthers outscored the Cyclones 18-17 in the fourth quarter before falling seven points short.
"We had a lot of open looks, but the shots just wouldn't fall for us," said St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg. "Alta was just the opposite in the first half as they shot over 50 percent.
"We played a strong second half and I was glad to see we made a run and tied the score late in the game even though two of our players fouled out."
Hammer was the key to the Alta offense, scoring a game-high 18 points on five of ten two-point shooting, one three-pointer and five of 11 from the line.
Sophomore forward Dee Hinkeldey added 12 points while senior forward Holly Leyden also hit double figures with 12 points.
St. Mary's got to within one point of the Cyclones in the fourth quarter, but Alta senior Jen Mahr made a key three-pointer to put a halt to the SM run.
Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen was pleased with the win.
"It was nice for our three seniors to end their careers with a win," Henningsen said. Those three seniors were Leyden, Mahr and Lisa Bengston.
"Lisa had a great night for us. She made some crucial plays for us both offensively and defensively late in the game," Henningsen said. "Jenny played great defense and hit a big three for us late in the game. Holly hit a lot of key shots, especially in the first half to get us off to a good start."
St. Mary's was led by two sophomores, as both guard Abby Richardson and post player Janie Imming notched 11 points. Senior Colleen Smith added eight.
Imming finished with a double-double with 12 rebounds while Richardson came up with six steals. St. Mary's held a 37-35 rebounding advantage.
The Newell-Fonda girls basketball team outscored Pomeroy-Palmer 15-4 in the first quarter in Newell Tuesday night and cruised to this win.
The Lady Mustangs led 41-11 after two quarters and 51-14 at the last break.
With the win, Newell-Fonda improved to 14-2 overall and to 9-2 in the Northwest Conference.
"We played some tenacious defense," said Newell-Fonda girls basketball coach Dick Jungers. "We did a great job of preventing PP from getting into their offensive flow.
"Offensively, I was very pleased with our ball movement and our ability to attack the basket. This was a great team effort."
Senior forward Andrea Larsen led the Mustangs' scoring attack with a game-high 23 points. Senior post player Jennifer Schumann added double figures with 16 points while Sam Schaffer added eight.
Senior center Katie Hansen scored a game-high 12 points and added ten rebounds here Tuesday night, leading Schaller-Crestland to a 49-27 win over Aurelia.
"We played solid defense," said Schaller-Crestland girls basketball coach Lori McDermott. "Katie played well for us, solid on offense with 12 points and getting ten rebounds."
Nevertheless, the Lady Wildcats got off to a slow start, with Aurelia outscoring them 12-7 in the first quarter. Schaller-Crestland held a 15-5 advantage in the second frame for a 22-17 lead at the half.
Schaller-Crestland outscored the Bulldogs 15-5 in the third quarter and 12-5 in the fourth.