The Storm Lake High girls basketball team opened the 2006-2007 season with some zip here last Tuesday night, edging Alta, 63-59
Freshman Slone Masters paced the Tornadoes with 18 points on five two-point field goals and seven of eight free throw shooting.
Post player Amanda Proczak added 13 points and took control of the boards with a game-high nine rebounds.
"I thought we did a good job against a very talented Alta team," said Storm Lake coach Stacey Vandersloot. "We played hard for four quarters and never lost our composure."
The Tornadoes led 11-9 after one quarter. Both teams scored 16 points in the second quarter as Storm Lake led 27-25 at the half. Alta outscored SLHS 13-12 in the third quarter to trail just 39-38 after three frames.
Storm Lake held a 24-21 advantage in the last quarter for the four-point win.
"We rebounded well and moved the ball on offense effectively," Vandersloot added. "These girls played as a team tonight."
Point guard Maleia Miller nearly hit double figures, finishing with nine points on two three-point baskets and three of four free throw shooting. Guard Amber Woodford added eight points and senior Katie Overturf five.
Storm Lake shot well from the field, hitting 46.8 of its shots. The Tornadoes out-rebounded the Cyclones 37-32.
Masters added six rebounds, with Woodford pitching in with seven boards. Masters also finished with a team-high five assists with Overturf adding four.
Both teams had some troubles at the line, with the Tornadoes hitting 18 of 32 free throws and Alta 14 of 28.
Vandersloot added that the Tornadoes' bench players were a key to the win.
"Our depth is going to be important to our success this season," she said.
St. Mary's 42
Lawton Bronson used a height advantage and a balanced attack in beating the St. Mary's girls last Tuesday in Storm Lake in the season opener for both teams.
According to St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg, his team was playing shorthanded, missing one starter because of illness and another due to injury.
Lawton-Bronson led 17-11 after one quarter and 33-23 at the half. The Eagles increased their lead in the third quarter, outscoring St. Mary's 22-13 in that frame.
They held a 16-6 advantage in the last quarter for the final margin.
"Lawton played extremely well," Berg said. "We had a lot of matchup problems and they had such a balanced attack. I'm confident that our next outing will be a lot stronger."
Senior Abby Richardson led the Panthers with 17 points, hitting six two-point baskets, a three-pointer and two of three free throws.
Senior guard Jessica Lussman recorded nine points, two assists and four rebounds.
Senior post player Janie Imming also scored nine points on three two-point baskets and three of six free throw shooting.
Richardson was strong on defense, notching five steals. She added a team-high seven rebounds while dishing out four assists.
The Newell-Fonda girls basketball team started the season with this impressive win in Holstein last Tuesday.
Senior guard Sarah Culp led the way with a game-high 16 points. Senior post player Tenaea Jeppeson added 15 points and Lauren Devereaux 12.
The Mustangs vaulted to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. N-F led 28-12 at the half, 42-22 after three frames and outscored the Pirates 17-13 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Despite the win, Newell-Fonda coach Dick Jungers was not pleased with a few aspects of his team's play.
"A couple of things stand out," he said.
"We need to finish our opportunities when we have them and we shouldn't foul as much as we did.
"We played some outstanding defense but we stopped ourselves from more opportunities with turnovers and fouling," Jungers added.
"I was really happy with the way our kids fought throughout this game, and it was a great early-season win for us."
Senior forward Kristine Munden scored a game-high 22 points and added 11 rebounds in this home win over MMC in Aurelia Tuesday night.
Besides the double-double, Munden added four steals and two assists.
Guard Leah Kai also hit double figures, scoring ten points and adding five steals. Emily Sonksen pitched in with five points.
The Bulldogs led 9-4 after one quarter, 22-17 at the half and 29-20 at the end of three frames.
They outscored MMC 18-11 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
"This was a great game for our team," Aurelia coach Marv Munden said.
"We played with great intensity on both ends of the floor."
The Aurelia girls basketball team is back in action next Tuesday when it plays at Ruthven-Ayrshire.