The Storm Lake-St. Mary's basketball team won the CYO Tournament here Saturday and Sunday, winning games over Remsen-St. Mary's and LeMars Gehlen.
In Sunday's championship game, junior point guard Abby Richardson scored a game-high 26 points, on 8 of 14 shooting from two-point range and three of three shooting from beyond the arc. She added five steals, eight assists and three rebounds.
Senior post player Cassie Weaver hit double figures with 12 points, adding five rebounds and two steals.
Panther coach Ryan Berg said the win was one of his team's best performances of the year.
"Our press was effective and we passed the ball very well in transition," Berg added. "I think we showed that we are conditioned well; we didn't show signs of being tired despite having played three games in three days."
On Saturday, St. Mary's turned back LeMars Gehlen, 45-36.
Richardson scored 19 points on seven of 15 two pointers and one of two three-pointers. Colleen Smith added five points while junior center Janie Imming added seven rebounds and Emily Lenhart six.
St. Mary's led 13-8 after one quarter and never trailed after that.
"It was nice to see us bounce back after a rough game Friday," Berg said. "Our defense was solid and though our offense struggled at some points, we seemed to make some big shots at the right times."
Pocahontas Area 32
The Mustangs improved to 6-4 on the season in Newell Saturday night, winning this defensive-oriented game against Pocahontas.
"The difference in the game was our depth and ability to hit key shots at key times," Jungers said. "We did a good job of wearing them down with pressure defense. This was another win against a quality team."
The Cyclones used a strong second quarter, outscoring MMC 21-7 in that frame Friday night in Marcus and coming away with this win.
Freshman guard Kelsie Peterson had a career-best 29 points. She made 11 of 15 two-point shots and added one three-pointer and three free throws.
"This was a good win for us," Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen said. "After the first quarter, our girls made the necessary adjustments on our press and we took control of the game.
"Kelsie had a nice offensive and defensive game, and Jahde (Hammer) did a good job of breaking their press," Henningsen added."Dee (Hinkeldey) had a great night on the boards."
Hinkeldey notched a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Hammer added 16 points, and added nine assists and four steals.
The Cyclones trailed 14-13 after one quarter, but held a 21-7 advantage in the second frame and were never seriously threatened after that.
Kristine Munden scored a team-high 14 points in Aurelia Friday night to lead the Bulldogs to this conference win.
Guard Leah Kai added 12 points and Emily Sonksen ten.
"We played three solid quarters," Aurelia coach Marv Munden said. "We had a great first quarter and shot the ball well; we were 10 of 15 from the field. We still need to be more consistent from start to finish."
Kristine Munden added a team-high six rebounds and had six assists and two steals. Center Amy Hirschman added five boards and Cassy Smith netted eight points."
In Northwest Conference games tonight, Alta is at Newell-Fonda, Sioux Central is at Aurelia and Schaller-Crestland is at Storm Lake-St.Mary's.