Newell-Fonda turns back SLHS in overtime
The Storm Lake High boys basketball team rallied from a 48-35 third quarter deficit to force overtime, but were outscored 10-8 in the extra period as Newell-Fonda escaped with a 65-63 win here Thursday night..
Storm Lake outscored the Mustangs 20-7 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
The Mustangs outscored the Tornadoes 13-11 in the first quarter and 24-11 in the second for a 37-22 lead at the half.
"This was a confidence builder for our team," said N-F coach Paul Loos. "We played solid defense the entire game and we had players step up offensively. Credit Storm Lake for fighting back after we had them down 18 points. This game had a tournament atmosphere."
Senior guard Jared Neppl led the Mustangs, netting 24 points. He hit five of six three-pointers on the night and was four of seven from two-point range. Senior Tim Seagren added 13 points while Chad Buchholz added 11.
Storm Lake was led by 20 points from post player Casey Morgan, while guards Logan Masters and Ben Thompson finished with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Post player Derrick Randall pitched in with nine points.
"Newell-Fonda made a run in the second quarter and we did not answer the call," said SLHS coach Jeff Brennan. "Their kids played to win and give them credit for knocking down open shots while we did not.
"I thought our kids showed a lot of toughness in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime. "
The Tornadoes held a 45-23 in rebounding, but Newell-Fonda was 15 of 29 from the line while Storm Lake was just five of 14.
Morgan had another huge night on the boards, finishing with 15 rebounds.
Gehlen Catholic 47
In its last regular season home game of the year, the Alta boys basketball team routed Gehlen Catholic, 87-47 Thursday night at the Alta Middle School gym.
Senior Justin DeMan led the Cyclones with 17 points while guard Nick Nesbitt added 14 points while Tom Hinkeldey netted 11.
Gehlen Catholic led 11-6 after the first quarter but were outscored 28-14 in the second frame as Alta took a 34-24 lead at the half. The Cyclones continued their momentum in the third quarter, outscoring Gehlen 19-8 for a 63-33 lead after three frames.
"We started out slow but really came on strong," Alta coach Larry McNutt said. "We were aggressive on both ends of the court in the middle quarters to open the game up. This was a good non-conference win and a good way to end our regular season home schedule."
Alta held a big edge on the boards, outrebounding Gehlen 39-22. The Cyclones hit eight three-pointers to just two for the Gehlen.
Led by 14 points from senior post player Matt Berg and 12 from guard Chris Handy, the Aurelia boys basketball team ran to a 57-49 win over Laurens-Marathon here Thursday night.
The Bulldogs led 14-11 after the first quarter but were outscored by the Chargers 16-5 in the second frame for a 27-19 deficit at the half.
Aurelia came on strong in the last two quarters, outscoring LM 19-11 in both frames.
Free throws were the key, as the Bulldogs made 20 of 35, including 17 of 28 in the last two quarters.
According to Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider, L-M's 6-10 post player Ryan Sones was forced to sit at times with foul trouble.
"That was key," he said. "I am just really pleased how we refused to give up when we were down. I was happy with our balanced scoring and the way we took care of the basketball."
Bryan Lemke added nine points for Aurelia while point guard Tyler Nelson netted eight.
Shane Sindegaard led Laurens-Marathon with 15 points while Sones was held to 11.
Berg pulled down 14 rebounds while Tim Fordyce added seven boards.