Tornadoes run past Spirit Lake, 84-58
Four players hit double figures here at Tornado Field House Friday night, and 11 players scored in the Storm Lake boys basketball team's 84-58 win over Lakes foe Spirit Lake.
Senior post player Casey Morgan led the way with 25 points. Junior guard Logan Masters netted 13 while Matt Adams added 11 and Derrick Randall 10.
According to SLHS coach Jeff Brennan, rebounding was the key. The Tornadoes manhandled the smaller Indians 45-17 on the boards.
"We were aggressive on the boards, cleared things out and blocked out well," Brennan said. "We had a size advantage on them and that was a key factor in the rebouding."
The Tornadoes trailed by as many as 7 points early in the first quarter as Spirit Lake came out hot from beyond the arc.
Storm Lake whittled the Spirit Lake lead to 18-17 after the first quarter and dominated after that. They outscored the Indians 24-7 in the second quarter for a 41-25 lead at the half. The Tornadoes led 60-42 at the last break.
"We did a good job of limiting them to just one shot," Brennan added. "We've got a little streak going and we'd like to keep it up until we start tournaments."
With the win, Storm Lake improved to 8-6 in Lakes play and to 11-8 overall.
The Tornadoes also played good, aggressive defensive, forcing 17 turnovers, including eight steals.
Storm Lake hit 19 of 60 field goal attempts for 48 percent but was just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Storm Lake plays at LeMars Friday night and ends the regular season at home Friday night vs. Estherville-LC.
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The Bulldogs eclipsed the 80-point mark for the second consecutive game Friday night at home in this contest.
After pouring in 30 points last Tuesday, Aurelia forward Tim Fordyce posted 25 points against CC-E.
Point guard Tyler Nelson added 17 points, post player Matt Berg 12 and guard Chris Handy 10.
Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider thinks his team could make some noise in tournaments if it keeps on shooting the ball well.
The Bulldogs shot 62 percewnt last Tuesday against Charter Oak-Ute in an 88-74 victory.
"We are starting to knock some shots down, and Tim has really scored well under the basket," Peckenschneider said. "If we can keep that up, we can go low-post, high-post on most any team because we have one of the best front courts around."
The Bulldogs never trailed and led 23-9 after one quarter, 53-30 at the half and 70-42 after three frames.
"We are also running the court better," Peckenschneider said. "We're starting to run and gun the last two games."
The Bulldogs also took good care of the ball with just eight turnovers. They added eight steals and finished with 22 assists, including six by Nelson and five each by Fordyce and guard Curtis Parker.
With the win, Aurelia finished its regular season with a 13-8 mark. The Bulldogs were 7-7 in Northwest Conference play.
Aurelia takes some considerable momentum into the Class 1A district tournament.
They'll get a bye in the first round and open against Odebolt-Arthur Wednesday night in Schaller. That game starts at 6:20 p.m.
Schaller-Crestland hung with the second-ranked Class 1A team in the state in Schaller Friday night before losing this non-conference tilt.
The Wildcats have been known for their three-point shooting this season and they were at it again Friday, hitting six threes.
S-C guard Justin Pyle led the Wildcats with 18 points while freshman center Kiley Murra added 12 and senior forward Adam Barlow eight.
"They have a nice team," Ar-We-Va coach Tim Bell said Friday night. "They play hard, and I was impressed with the quickness of Pyle. Murra also is going to be a good player."
Ar-We-Va led 9-8 after the first quarter and 25-20 at the half. According to Bell, the Wildcats were within seven midway through the third quarter when his team turned it up a notch. Ar-We-Va outscored the Wildcats 22-9 in the fourth quarter.
Ar-We-Va improved to 21-0 on the season. Schaller-Crestland opens 1A, district play against Storm Lake-St. Mary's Monday in Schaller starting at 7 p.m.