Storm Lake boys win 7th straight; edge E-Hawks
The Storm Lake boys basketball team held off a late Emmetsburg rally here Friday night, runnnig to a 52-51 win over the E-Hawks.
It was the Storm Lake boys' seventh win in a row and lifted their overall record to 8-4 and their conference record to 6-3.
Despite the win, SLHS boys coach Jeff Brennan thought his team got outhustled by Emmetsburg.
"We got outrebounded and they beat us to most of the loose balls," Brennan said. "I'm not sure we were as ready to play as Emmetsburg was tonight. They just outhustled us."
Logan Masters and senior post player Casey Morgan led the Tornadoes with 14 points each while post player Derrick Randall also finished in double figures with 12 points.
Storm Lake led 12-10 after the first quarter and 24-23 after a defensive oriented first half.
The Tornadoes had a productive third quarter, outscoring the E-Hawks 15-10 for a 39-33 lead at the last break.
According to Brennan, the E-Hawks came with some full court defensive pressure in the last minute and a half.
"That gave us some trouble," Brennan said.
Nevertheless, with ten seconds left, Randall made one of two free throws for a 52-48 lead.
"They came down and made a three pointer, then the buzzer went off," Brennan said. "It wasn't a pretty win, but we'll take it."
The Storm Lake boys have two crucial conference home games next week. They play 8-1 Sheldon Friday night at home. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, they'll play host to 8-2 Hull Western Christian.
Sioux Central 43,
Sac City 35
Senior guard Cody Wiitmaack scored 12 points in Sioux Rapids Friday night to lead the Rebels to this win in a low-scoring Northwest Conference game.
Guard Alex Rehnstrom netted eight points and Tyler Walker six.
Sac City held an 11-10 advantage after one quarter and led 31-24 at the half.
Sioux Central played better in the second half, outscoring the Indians 6-1 in the third quarter to get to within 32-20 after three frames. The Rebels finished off Sac City by outscoring them 13-3 in the fourth quarter.
Sioux Central outrebounded Sac City 30-23 and was four of 16 from two-point range and 11 of 23 from two point range.
The Rebels were 9 of 15 from the free throw line.
Led by a season-high 25 points from veteran senior post player Tim Seagren, the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team ran to this easy win at home.
Despite the production on offense, N-F coach Paul Loos was most pleased with his team's defense.
"We had another nice defensive performance," Loos said. "Our offense started slow but we made up for it in the second half."
Two other Newell-Fonda players reached double figures, as Brad Anderson netted 11 points and Peter Olsen ten.
The Mustangs led 15-10 after the first quarter and both teams scored 12 points in the second quarter.
Newell-Fonda heated up in the second half, outscoring Schaller-Crestland 18-10 in the third quarter and 32-6 in the fourth.
The Mustangs hit 18 of 37 from two point range and made nine three-pointers in 22 attempts. Anderson had three three-point baskets for Newell-Fonda while senior guard Jared Neppl had two and Olsen also made two.
Senior post player Matt Berg scored 23 points in Aurelia Thursday night to lead the Bulldogs to this win.
Senior Bryan Lemke added ten points. Balanced scoring was the key, as three players - Tyler Nelson, Chris Handy and Tim Fordyce - each hit for nine points.
Kyle Baker led WLVA with 21 points while Kevin Lake and Joel Wissler each netted 14.
The Bulldogs outscored WLVA in each of the first three quarters. They led 20-15 after the first quarter and 37-29 at the half. Aurelia outscored the Knights 16-15 in the third quarter, but were outscored 17-14 in the last quarter for the final margin.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a 27-17 advantage on the boards. Free throws were an important factor, as Aurelia hit 17 of 25 while PP made just nine of 14.
Berg finished with a double-double and a big night on the boards with 15 rebounds. Nelson added five rebounds and four steals. Aurelia had eight steals as a team.