BOONE - Class 4A Boone rallied from a three-point halftime deficit here Saturday night to deal the Storm Lake High boys basketball team a 66-59 loss.
Boone outscored the Tornadoes 21-16 in the third quarter to lead 46-40 after three frames.
SLHS Bob Grant said his team got to within 60-59 late in the fourth quarter before Boone pulled away.
"I felt this was a game we should have won," Grant said Monday afternoon. "We, including myself, have things to work on. I thought even though we didn't play up to our potential, we could have easily beaten a good Class 4A team. In that respect, it was a positive."
The Tornadoes could have won the game had they been better at the free throw line. They had 39 attempts but made just 23, just over 50 percent.
"You can't miss 16 free throws and expect to win," Grant said.
Storm Lake off-guard Logan Masters led the Tornadoes with 24 points, six rebounds and six steals.
Guard Alex Spielman also finished in double figures, netting 11 points, two steals and three rebounds. Post players Derrick Randall and Aaron Clausen each pitched in with eight seven points, with Randall adding nine rebounds and Clausen four. Both players finished with two blocked shots.
"We played well except for the first few minutes of the first and third quarters," Grant said.
"In the first six minutes of the third quarter, we scored just two points. We made a nice comeback, and the game was a lot closer than the final score indicates."
The Tornadoes were 12 of 21 from two-point range and three of 11 from beyond the arc.
Up next for the Storm Lake boys is top-ranked Unity Christian, which returns 11 lettermen off last year's Class 2A state champion team.
Grant said Unity is tall and athletic.
"They don't have a player on their roster that's under 6-foot-4," he said. "It will be a test for us, but we're looking forward to the challenge."