The Storm Lake High boys basketball team improved to 3-5 here Saturday night with a 54-50 win over intra-county rival Alta.
The Tornadoes vaulted to a 16-10 lead in the first quarter, and led 28-23 at the half. The Cyclones outscored SLHS 16-13 in the third quarter to pull within 41-39 at the last break. The Tornadoes held a 13-11 advantage in the fourth quarter to come away with the four-point win.
"What a fun game to be part of," said Alta coach Bart Smith. "We just came up on the wrong end of the score. I told our kids that if we held them to under 55 points we'd have a chance to win."
Smith added that his team's shooting woes in the first quarter was the difference.
"It took a while for our kids to get adjusted to (Storm Lake's) speed and athleticism," he said. "Once we did that, we had to fight and scratch to make it a ballgame. I'm proud of our kids's effort."
Senior guard Brad Payne led the Cyclones with 17 points. Tyler Boyd added eight points while Paul Allerdings and Aaron Hansen each netted six.
Alta committed just ten turnovers, and made 12 of 17 free throws. The Cyclones hit 11 of 29 three-point attempts for 38 percent and were 4 of 15 in three-point shooting for 27 percent.
Gehlen Catholic 58,
Storm Lake-St. Mary's 55
Despite trailing 20-9 after one quarter, the Storm Lake-St. Mary's boys basketball team rallied over the next three quarters before falling 58-55 to LeMars Gehlen Sunday in a CYO tourney game.
The Panthers held an 18-13 advantage in the second quarter and outscored Gehlen 14-11 in the third quarter to trail 44-41 after three frames. Both teams scored 14 points in the fourth frame, leaving the Panthers three points short.
Three St. Mary's players scored 13 points each, including Jimmy Steward, Devin Landgraf and Andy Dahm. Guard T.J. Miller also reached double figures with 10 points.
St. Mary's coach Brad Wilkening said turnovers in the early going hurt his team, "but we started taking better care of the ball. We are starting to shoot better and we're playing together as a team now."