A subpar second half here Tuesday night hurt the Storm Lake High boys basketball team in a 76-56 Lakes Conference loss to Emmetsburg.
The Tornadoes, who dropped to 5-4 in Lakes action and to 6-7 overall, led 15-14 after the first quarter and 35-33 at the half.
The E-Hawks outscored Storm Lake 22-12 in the third quarter and took a 55-47 lead into the fourth quarter. In that frame, they held a 21-9 advantage for the final 20-point margin.
According to SLHS coach Bob Grant, the lead changed hands throughout three quarters.
"We'd go on a run and they'd answer back," he said. "In the fourth quarter, they hit a couple of threes to start a run and we just didn't have an answer to it."
Senior off-guard Logan Masters led the way with 18 points, with Aaron Clausen adding 17 and point guard Alex Spielman 15.
Grant added that 6-foot-6 senior center Derrick Randall was in foul trouble, with three fouls early in the second quarter and a fourth at the start of the third frame.
"We had some calls go against us and they hurt us inside with Derrick on the bench for much of the game," he added.
The Tornadoes were also just one of ten from the free throw line, while Emmetsburg was six of nine.
The Tornadoes are at Western Christian in Hull Friday night for another Lake Conference matchup.
Behind 20 points and seven rebounds from off-guard Jacob Bruce, Aurelia won this home conference game over Schaller-Crestland.
Jared Bruce added 19 points, Tanner Winterhof 14 and forward Chris Handy eight.
"We played a solid game," Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said. "Tanner (Winterhof) hit some key three point shots, making four in the first half. I was pleased with our defense but we need to finish off our defense with better rebounding."
The Bulldogs led 13-12 after one quarter and 34-24 at the half. Aurelia outscored S-C 17-14 in the third quarter and both teams scored 22 points in the last frame.
"Schaller-Crestland did a nice job on the offensive boards," Peckenschneider said. "We also need to be smarter at the end of a game and take better care of the ball."
The Wildcats were led by 24 points from senior guard Justin Pyle. Collin Johnson netted 13 points with Brian Bode and sophomore Kiley Murra added eight each.
Bode pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, with Murra grabbing nine boards, four assists and four steals.
"We knew (S-C) guard Justin Pyle would be tough, and he was," the Aurelia coach added. "He is great at using his body and getting to the foul line. Schaller is a good basketball team and they never gave up."
The Bulldogs made eight three-point baskets, 14 two-pointers and were 19 of 31 from the line. The Wildcats held a 35-27 rebounding edge.
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Seven Alta players scored at least six points at St. Mary's Tuesday night enroute to this Northwest Conference victory.
Colin Huseman and point guard Brad Payne each scored a game-high 13 points to lead the way. Kylor Cone added 11 and Aaron Hansen and Paul Allerdings each recorded seven points.
The Cyclones led 16-10 after one quarter, 32-20 at the half and 55-35 after three frames.
St. Mary's forward Devin Landgraf led the Panthers with 11 points and senior center Andy Dahm reached double figures with ten. Guard T.J. Miller finished with ten points.
St. Mary's coach Brad Wilkening said there were several key statistics in Alta's favor.
"We shot 32 percent from the field and Alta shot 47 percent," he said. "They outrebounded us by ten, but our effort was much improved. We played hard, but Alta is a very good team. We just need to continue getting better."
Pomeroy-Palmer won the first and third quarters by convincing margins in Pomeroy Tuesday night, and the Knights went on to post this Northwest Conference win.
P-P remained two games behind Alta in the Northwest Conference race, improving to 8-2 in league action and to 9-4 overall.
The Mustangs, who won the second and fourth quarters by slim margins, dropped to 7-4 in conference play and to 9-6 overall.
N-F's Chad Buchholz led the Mustangs with 17 points, with Brent Sexton adding 12 and Brad Anderson 11.
The Knights led 16-10 after one quarter but were outscored 9-3 in the second frame for a 19-19 tie at the half.
P-P held a 17-7 advantage at the last break for a 36-26 lead at the last break. Newell-Fonda outscored the Knights 20-17 in the fourth quarter before falling seven points short.
Sexton made three three-point baskets and while Buchholz made seven of eight two-point shots and added a free throw.
Alex Aden led Pomeroy-Palmer with 15 points while Craig Juilfs and Josh Hawks each added 13 and forward David Erickson 10. The Knights hit 67 percent of their two-point shots and were eight of 22 from beyond the arc.