Despite 27 points from guard Logan Masters and 22 from post player Derrick Randall, the Storm Lake High boys basketball team dropped a 81-76 decision to Class 4A Sioux City West here Tuesday night.
According to SLHS coach Bob Grant, it was a game of runs. He said West scored the game's first nine points, only to see the Tornadoes bounce back with a 15-0 run.
"It came down to the fact that we couldn't get a stop when we needed to," he said. "We felt we could score any time we wanted to on them, but we gave them a lot of uncontested looks, especially on three-pointers."
With the loss, the Tornadoes dropped to 3-6 on the season.
"It was probably a game we should have won," Grant added. "Right now, we need to step up as a team and execute better."
The Tornadoes led 17-11 after the first quarter, but West outscored SLHS 20-12 in the third quarter and led 31-29 at the half.
West nearly broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Storm Lake 31-19 for a 62-48 lead at the last break.
Grant said his team cut the lead to four at one point in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.
Storm Lake's junior point guard Alex Spielman added nine points and seven rebounds. Masters finished with four steals and three assists with Spielman notching three steals and four assists.
The Cyclones broke this game open in the third quarter, outscoring Newell-Fonda 24-13 in that frame for a 47-34 lead at the last break.
The Mustangs rallied to outscore Alta 13-8 in the fourth quarter before falling eight-points short.
The Cyclones led 13-8 after the first quarter but were outscored 13-10 in the second quarter and led 23-21 at the half.
Chad Buchholz paced the Mustangs with a game-high 15 points while Brad Anderson added 13. Senior guard Brent Sexton also hit double figures with ten points.
Buchholz added six rebounds while Sexton added five. Newell-Fonda was five of 27 on three-point attempts and made 13 of 29 two-point attempts for 45 percent. The Mustangs shot just seven free throws but made six of them.
Sioux Central 54
Off-guard Jacob Bruce scored 19 points and teammate Chris Handy added 16 as Aurelia won this Northwest Conference game at home Tuesday night.
Tanner Winterhof pitched in with 11 points and Jared Bruce netted nine.
"From start to finish, this was our best game of the year," Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said. "I liked our balanced scoring and the way we took care of the ball.
"We played well defensively and caused some turnovers, but we still gave up too many offensive rebounds."
Peckenschneider added that Jacob Bruce notched a season-high eight steals. Handy finished with a double-double with a season-high 12 rebounds.
"Tanner (Winterhof) also had a nice game, with seven assists," he added.
The Bulldogs made 22 of 45 shots for 49 percent and were 3 of 11 from three-point range. Also, Aurelia committed just nine turnovers.