Storm Lake, Newell-Fonda continue to roll
Seven Storm Lake players scored at least eight points here Tuesday night, as the Tornado boys basketball team rolled past Estherville-Lincoln Central 91-57
Junior guard Logan Masters led the way with 18 points while post player Derrick Randall added 15 and senior post player Casey Morgan added ten points.
In addition, Lance Eddie and Sam Jennett added nine points each and Alex Spielman and Matt Adams added eight each.
"We did a great job of executing offensively from the start of the game, something we've been waiting for," said SLHS boys basketball coach Jeff Brennan.
"It was great to play all 12 of our players and get 11 of them into the scoring column."
Randall nearly posted a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds while Spielman added six boards and Morgan and Adams five each.
The Tornadoes led from the opening tip, taking a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. SLHS led 48-32 at the half and 67-46 at the last break.
Storm Lake shot the ball well, hitting seven of 20 from beyond the arc. Overall, they hit 31 of 61 field goal attempts for 51 percent and were 20 of 29 from the free throw line.
Spielman had a good defensive game as well, coming up with four steals.
The Tornadoes committed just eight turnovers and forced E-LC into 13. Storm Lake outrebounded the Midgets 41-21.
Senior post player Tim Seagren scored a game-high 16 points here Tuesday night to lead the Newell-Fonda High boys basketball team to a 54-37 win over Northwest Conference foe Pomeroy-Palmer.
Seagren was seven of 13 from two-point range and made two of four free throws.
Mustangs coach Paul Loos was pleased with his team's performance.
"We had a solid defensive performance by everyone tonight," he said after the game. "We did a nice job pressuring Pomeroy-Palmer's outside shooters and I was really pleased with our rebounding."
Chad Buchhoz and Peter Olsen each added eight points for Newell-Fonda while senior guard Jared Neppl added seven.
The Mustangs led just 16-15 after the first quarter, but outscored Pomeroy-Palmer 15-7 in the second quarter for a 31-22 lead at the half. The Mustangs held a 13-11 advantage in the third quarter and a 10-4 edge in the fourth for the final margin.
Newell-Fonda was 20 of 38 from two-point range, two of ten from beyond the arc and eight of 17 from the free throw line.
The Mustangs outrebounded Pomeroy-Palmer 36-20 and forced the Knights into 20 turnovers. Newell-Fonda committed just eight turnovers.
Seagren, meanwhile, had a big night on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds. Jacob Jeppeson added seven rebounds for Newell-Fonda.
Brenden George led Pomeroy-Palmer with nine points while Josh Hawks added eight.
St. Mary's 51
The St. Mary's boys basketball team led by five points as late as the third quarter, but Alta made some big shots down the stretch to come away with a 73-51 win.
The Panthers got off to a quick start, taking a 12-4 lead before Alta trimmed it to 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cyclones outscored SM 19-13 in the second quarter for a 26-25 lead at the half. The Panthers started quickly in the third quarter, but Alta came back strong, outscoring the Panthers 25-13 in that frame for a 51-38 lead after three quarters. Alta held a 22-13 advantage in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
"I thought we were very productive on both ends of the floor in the first half," said SM boys coach Brad Wild. "We went on a nice little run out of the gates in the third quarter to build a five-point lead, but Alta answered by hitting some big shots.
"(Alta's Justin) DeMan did a nice job for them in the third quarter."
St. Mary's finished with 22 turnovers, which was key, according to Wild.
"We limited our offensive opportunities by having untimely turnovers in the second half. We need to continue to work on taking care of the basketball and having more disciplined shot selection."
DeMan led Alta with 14 points and five rebounds while senior forward Thomas Hansen added ten points and Nick Nesbitt and Brad Payne each notched eight points.
Senior forward Turail Buol led the Panthers with 15 points on seven of 15 two-point shooting. Devin Landgraf also reached double figures, netting double figures with ten points.
The Panthers were 13 of 37 from two point range, three of 13 from beyond the arc and 14 of 22 from the free throw line.
Senior post player Matt Berg scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds here Tuesday night to lead the Aurelia boys basketball team to a 63-60 win.
The Bulldogs led 20-18 after the first quarter, 37-33 at the half and 50-45 after three frames. Schaller-Crestland rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Aurelia 15-13 before falling three-points short.
"It was a physical game and both teams played well," Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said. "Coach Langner had his kids ready and they shot very well from three point range."
The Wildcats hit nine three-pointers on the night on 24 attempts. Justin Pyle hit three three-pointers enroute to a 19 point performance. Freshman post player Kiley Murra added 17 for Schaller-Crestland while senior guard Adam Barlow added 12.
"This was a very physical high school basketball game," Langner said. "Matt Berg is a good player and we just couldn't stop him.
"They are big and strong, which makes them tough to defend."
Aurelia's Tyler Nelson added double figures with 11 points while Chris Handy added eight.
Rebounding was key for the Bulldogs, who held a 35-23 edge on the boards. Handy added eight boards for Aurelia.
Turnovers hurt Schaller-Crestland, which finished with 16 compared to just 13 for the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats were 12 of 27 from two-point territory and made nine of 12 free throws.