Storm Lake girls surprise Emmetsburg, 59-44
The Storm Lake High girls basketball team won its third game in a row and its fifth out of its last six here Friday night with a 59-44 win over Lakes Conference opponent Emmetsburg.
The win avenged a seven-point loss to the E-Hawks earlier in the season at Emmetsburg.
The Tornadoes held the lead at every quarter of the contest, inlcuding 14-10 after the first quarter and 28-27 at the half.
Storm Lake broke the game open in the third quarter with a number of defensive stops combined with converting on the other end of the court.
The Tornadoes outscored Emmetsburg 15-3 in the third quarter for a 44-33 lead at the last break.
"I told the girls at halftime that we needed to start the third quarter with a defensive stop and they went out and did it," said SLHS coach Stacey VanDerSloot.
"We took it one possession at a time and played aggressive defense and rebounded the ball very well."
The Tornadoes got a career-high performance from post player Kristan Erskine, who scored a game-high 16 points.
Senior post and co-captain Amy Sennert also finished in double figures with 12 points while senior guard Mel Fisher played her usual solid floor game, finishing with 13 points.
"We are playing better now on both offense and defense than we were earlier in the season," VanDerSloot said.
When the Tornadoes played at Emmetsburg earlier in the season, Brittany Williamson lit it up with 26 points. She was held to just ten points Friday night and was the only Emmetsburg player to finish in double figuers.
On offense, VanDerSloot said, her team is shooting better and that has opened things up inside for Sennert, Erskine and Fisher.
With the win, the Tornadoes reached the .500 mark at 8-8 and improved to 5-7 in conference play.
Newell-Fonda's post tandem of seniors Jennifer Schumann and Andrea Larsen were just too much for Schaller-Crestland in Newell Friday night.
Schumann finished with a game-high 22 points while Larsen added 18 points.
With the win, the Lady Mustangs improved to 15-2 overall and to 10-2 in conference play.
"We came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and forced Schaller into a lot of tough decisions," Newell-Fonda coach Dick Jungers said. "We did a real nice job of attacking their zone defense and got them into some foul trouble."
The Mustangs led from the opening tip, taking a 22-13 lead after one quarter and outscoring the Wildcats 22-6 in the second quarter for a 44-19 lead at the half.
Newell-Fonda led 52-32 after the third quarter.
N-F's senior guard Kristen Culp also had a nice night scoring, notching two three pointers and finishing with 12 points.
Sarah Culp added seven points and Sam Schaffer six.
Wildcat post player Courtney Whitmore led her team with 16 points while guard Jill Wedeking also finished in double figures with ten points. Junior Ayla Ringgenberg netted nine points and junior point guard Kayla Bihrer added eight.
St. Mary's 55,
Sophomore guard Abby Richardson scored a game-high 21 points in this homecoming with for the Lady Panthers.
Colleen Smith added a banner night with a career-high 17 points. Guard Jess Lussman also hit double figures with ten points.
St. Mary's led throughout the game, including 10-6 after the first quarter, 24-19 at the half and 34-31 after three quarters.
"I thought St. Mary's did a good job of putting defensive pressure on us all night," said Aurelia coach Marv Munden. "We didn't handle it very well at times."
The Lady Panthers forced Aurelia into 19 turnovers. Free throws also hurt the Lady Bulldogs, who made just 10 of 22.
Sophomore post player Kristen Munden had a nice night, scoring a team-high 15 points. Center Amy Hirschman added 12 points and guard Emily Sonksen netted ten.
Sioux Central 55,
Sioux Central broke open a close game late in the third quarter in Pomeroy Thursday night in dealing the Lady Knights a 55-38 defeat.
Stef Madsen scored a game-high 18 points and added nine rebounds. Guard Abbey Biedenfeld hit double figures with 15 points while Beth Ehlers added 12.