The Storm Lake St. Mary's boys basketball team split a pair of games here Saturday, beating Granville-Spaulding but losing to LeMars Gehlen.
In the 48-41 win over Granville, forward Devin Landgraf led the way with 13 points, while Justin Cullen added 12. T.J. Miller added eight for the Panthers.
St. Mary's trailed 12-10 after the first quarter and 25-20 at the half. The Panthers were a different team in the second half, outscoring Spaulding 14-5 in the third quarter for a 34-30 lead after three frames. St. Mary's held a 14-11 advantage in the fourth frame for the final seven-point margin.
"We started slow but and settled for three-points early in the game," coach Brad Wilkening said. "Once we started shooting better and played our full-court press better, we were more effective.
"Justin Cullen really sparked us," said Wilkening, who added that Cullen hit five of seven field goals and finished with 12 points.
In game two, the Panthers lost a 59-45 decision to traditionally strong LeMars Gehlen. St. Mary's shot just two free throws and missed both while Gehlen was 19 of 38.
Landgraf led the Panthers with a game-high 22 points, but was the only SM player with more than six points.
The game was close in the first two quarters, with the score tied at 12 after one quarter and tied at 30 at halftime.
Gehlen led just 45-43 after three quarters, but turned up the defense in the third quarter and outscored the Panthers 13-0 in the fourth frame for the final margin.
Mitch Kurrh led Gehlen with 17 points, with Jesse Kraus and Eric Rohe adding 11 each.
According to Wilkening, the game was decided in the fourth quarter.
"It was also decided on the free throw line," the coach said. "Devin had a great first half shooting the ball and Alec Keslel hit the boards hard defensively.
"Later in the game, we had a meltdown on both sides of the floor. We didn't score in the fourth quarter, but Gehlen made eight free throws. We played hard, but didn't finish like we wanted to."
Sioux Central 60
After trailing 12-7 after one quarter, the Sioux Central boys basketball team came alive over the next three quarters, emerging 60-34 winners Friday night in a Northwest Conference game.
The Rebels outscored the Wildcats 16-4 and led 23-16 at the half.
They outscored Schaller-Crestland 19-6 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth for the final margin.
Post player Tyler Walker netted 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Justin Ferguson netted 11 points and added nine rebounds.
"We played a poor first quarter, but the kids came out in the second quarter and played great," Rebel coach Chris Wildeman said. "We were able to outscore (Schaller-Crestland) 35-10 in the last two quarters.
He added that Rebel player Mike Britton gave his team a jolt of emerged off the bench."
After trailing 17-13 in the first quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Pomeroy-Palmer 63-46 the rest of the way.
Aurelia sophomore Aaron Bruce led the way with a game-high 22 points, while Gabe Fuller netting 20 points.
The Bulldogs outscored Pomeroy-Palmer 24-18 in the second quarter, 18-13 in the third quarter and 21-15 in the fourth frame.
"Our Inside game took us to victory (Friday night)," Bulldog coach Grant Peckenschneider said. "When your two starting post players go for 22 and 20 points, it is hard to beat us given who our guards are.
"Pomeroy-Palmer played well in the first half as they always do but but we focused on picking up the defense and rebounding in the second half," Peckenschneider said.
"Our guards made some great post feeds and we gave 100 percent like we always have," he said.
"We ha a nice win over Galva-Holstein, and we followed that up with a nice performance and win over Pomeroy-Palmer."
Fuller added 16 rebound and Aaron Bruce 14. Jared Bruce finished with nine and his brother Jacob added four.