With its height advantage and efficient offense, Western Christian ran to a 71-32 Lakes Conference victory here Friday night at the Storm Lake High gym.
The Wolfpack hit six three-pointers, giving it some outside options offensively as well as their lanky front line.
"They are a good team, but they shot the ball extremely well tonight," Storm Lake High coach Bob Grant said.
"It's tough to beat a team with that kind of talent when they are on fire on the offensive end."
Western Christian led 18-13 after one quarter and outscored the Tornadoes 23-11 in the second frame for a commanding 41-24 lead at the intermission.
WC upped the defensive pressure in the second half, allowing just three Tornado points in the third quarter and five in the fourth.
The Tornadoes were without starting post player Jesse Munger.
"That hurt, but we didn't play as well as we are capapable of," Grant said. "And sometimes, you just have to give credit to your opponent.
"I thought they had as much to do with the outcome than any mistakes or flaws we had," he added.
Sophomore guard Matt Huseman led the Tornadoes with 12 points while guard Dak Ngut netted seven and senior post player Aaron Clausen six.
Sophomore guard Trevor Wolterstorff led Western Christian with a game-high 16 points.
Six-foot-7 sophomore post player Curtis Van Grouw was next highest with 15 while junior guard Jeremy Zeutenhorst added 11 points.
Western Christian also dominated the boards with a 42-20 advantage in rebounding.
With the loss, the Tornadoes dropped to 2-9 in Lakes Conference action and to 3-11 overall.
The Wolfpack improved to 6-4 in conference action and to 9-6 overall.
The Tornado boys and girls teams are at Sheldon next Tuesday.
St. Mary's 32
After a closely contested first half, the Aurelia boys basketball team shut the Storm Lake St. Mary's offense down in the second half en route to a 42-32 victory.
In the first eight minutes, the two teams traded shot for shot and ended the quarter tied at 13-13.
The second quarter followed suit until the Bulldogs came up with a couple of defensive stops to build a 32-24 margin going into halftime.
Aurelia hit the floor and put together a huge offensive quarter, dumping in 21 points.
St. Mary's lost its edge and only managed to connect on one field goal the entire third quarter.
With two minutes left in the third, the Bulldogs made two consecutive steals on inbound passes and went on to score two more field goal. They went on to outscore The Panthers 21-4 in that third frame.
"They just took control with two minutes left in the second quarter and we never got it back from them," Panther coach Brad Wilkening said.
"They had a big third quarter and we just lost contact with them."
Jon Foell led the Panthers with 11 points while Devin Landgraf added 10.
Tanner Winterhof paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 17 points. Aaron Bruce wasn't close behind, scoring 15.
The Panthers play host to Pomeroy-Palmer Tuesday night.
WLVA trailed by double digits at halftime, but came on strong in the last two quarters to come away with this non-conference victory at Aurelia.
The Bulldogs held WLVA to just 14 points in the first half, outscoring the Wolverines 12-6 in the first quarter and 13-8 in the second.
WLVA turned things around in the second, half, outscoring Aurelia 19-5 in the third quarter for a 33-30 lead after three. The Wolverines held a 22-14 advantage in the fourth quarter for the final 11-point margin.
"We played a great first half, holding them to just 14 points," Aurelia boys basketball coach Grant Peckenschneider said after the game.
"We played tough defense and were patient on the offensive end.
"In the second half, they changed a few things and we and we did not adjust well," the Aurelia coach added.
"We committed too many turnovers and that was our downfall."
Jacob Bruce scored a team-high 16 points for Aurelia, while Tanner Winterhof added nine and Kyle Doherty eight.