Morgan, Randall pace SLHS past Braves
Using the 1-2 post punch of junior Derrick Randall and senior Casey Morgan, the Tornado boys coasted to a 73-58 Lakes Conference win over Cherokee.
With the victory, Storm Lake improved to 9-8 overall and to 7-6 in conference play. More importantly, according to SLHS coach Jeff Brennan, his team broke a four-game losing streak.
"We did some nice things offensively, ran our sets well and got a lot of good looks at the basket," Brennan said. "We still need to work on weak-side help defense, but a win is a win. We really needed to get back on the winning track, Now, maybe we can start another long winning streak."
For Cherokee, Randall and Morgan were too much to handle, scoring 23 and 22 points, respectively.
Senior guard Ben Thompson added double figures with ten points while junior Logan Masters netted seven.
The Tornadoes led after the first quarter and 35-26 at the half. Storm Lake outscored the Braves 18-14 in the third quarter to take a 53-40 lead at the last break.
"We finished with 68 shots and that's a good number," added Brennan. "We hit 28 of them so we shot the ball pretty well."
The Tornadoes also outrebounded the smaller Braves 33-25, including 18-8 in the first half.
The Storm Lake boys are on the road Tuesday in Pocahontas.
Sioux Central 60,
This Northwest Conference rivalry matched the conference's most physical team in Aurelia against one of the quickest in Sioux Central.
The Rebels trailed 13-7 after the first quarter and 19-17 at the half, but dominated the last two quarters for the win.
Sioux Central outscored the Bulldogs 19-10 in the third quarter for a 36-29 lead after three frames. It continued the momentum in the fourth, when it held an 24-18 advantage for the final margin.
With the loss, Aurelia dropped to 11-8 on the season overall and finished 7-7 in conference play.
According to Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider, 54 fouls were called, including 41 in the second half.
"Our kids played their hearts out on defense, but so did Sioux Central," Peckenschneider said, adding that his team was frustrated with all the fouls called against it in the last two quarters.
According to the Aurelia coach, the 11-8 and 7-7 marks are the best the Bulldogs have had since Aurelia and Alta separated basketball programs.
"We've had a great season," Peckenschneider said. "We would have liked to finish a little better in the conference, but we want to win our last two non-conference games and maybe we can make some noise during tournments."
Aurelia senior Matt Berg led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Senior forward Tim Fordyce added 11 and guard Chris Handy netted 13.
Aurelia outrebounded Sioux Central 23-20 and its point guard, Tyler Nelson, finished with seven assists.
Alta finally got a win over archrival Newell-Fonda Friday night, and it came on the Mustangs' home floor.
Cyclone post player Justin DeMan scored a game-high 23 points while Adam Pedersen added 11 and Tom Hinkeldey 10.
The difference in the game, Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos said, was Alta's hot shooting.
"Alta played a fantastic game," he said. "We missed some opportunities to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter. I was proud of our effort, but we ran into a team that shot the ball well.
The Cyclones were 19 of 39 from two point range (49 percent), five of 16 from three-point range and 12 of 19 from the free throw line.
Newell-Fonda hit eight three-pointers, but made just 16 two pointers and were eight of 18 from the line.
Senior post player Tim Seagren led the Mustangs with 20 points while senior Jared Neppl added 11 and Brent Sexton 10.
Rebounding was a key for Alta, as it outboarded the Mustangs 37-23.
Storm Lake-St. Mary's 44
The Storm Lake-St. Mary's Panthers played four full quarters but couldn't withstand the Wildcat offensive onslaught, losing to Schaller-Crestland 56-44 at home Friday night.
It was Justin Pyle who gave the Panthers the most trouble, with his game-high 22 points.
He was joined in the double-figures column by Brian Bode with 13.
For the Panthers, Turail Buol had 14 points. He was joined in double figures by Andy Dahm with 11.
"I though we denied them the perimeter very well," said Panther Coach Brad Wild. "Defensively, overall I thought it was a pretty good job."
Schaller-Crestland took an early lead to make it 15-5 at the end of the first quarter. Buol hit back-to-back buckets toward the end of the second period to shorten the Wildcats' edge to 25-19 at the half.
The Wildcats led 40-27 at the end of the third period.
After Buol and Dahm, those scoring for the Panthers include four points each by Mark Brown and Nick Netsch. Scoring three points each were Jimmy Steward, Devin Landgraf, and T.J. Miller. Jeff Foell had two points.