StaceyVanDerSloot was nearly at a loss for words to describe her team's 50-49 loss to Western Christian here Friday night at the Storm Lake High gym.
Finally, she found the right one.
"Heartbreaking - our girls area really upset with this loss," she said as most of the girls stayed in the locker room.
"We had so many chances to put it away, but couldn't," she added.
The Tornadoes missed front ends of one and one free throw situations three times in the last two minutes while having leads of one to three points. One made free throw probably would have been enough.
"You just can't miss free throws down the stretch and expect to win many games," VanDerSloot said. "That doesn't make it easier; it was a game we should have won."
The Tornadoes held WC to just two field goals in the first half. The Wolfpack did make 22 of 26 from the line in the first two quarters as the teams went into halftime tied at 28.
The Tornadoes led 39-38 after three quarters and with just four minutes left, led 43-40.
With 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the fourth frame, SL forward Lindsay Guenther scored on a putback for a 45-40 advantage.
With 2:47 left, SL's Slone Masters penetrated the paint for a layup and a 47-44 Tornado lead. With 1:08 left, SL's Amanda Proczak scored from the paint for a 49-46 lead.
WC's April Solsman made two free throws for a one-point deficit. With 45 seconds left, the Tornadoes missed the front end of a one and one situation.
On the other end, SL's Katie Overturf intercepted a WC pass but traveled as she went upcourt.
After WC time out with 10.2 seconds left, Wolfpack forward Erin Boer took a back-door pass on the right baseline, and banked home a shot for the win with just three seconds left.
Overall, Western Chrstian was 24 of 30 in free throws, while Tornadoes were five of 13.
For the Tornadoes, Amber Woodford, Masters and Amanda Proczak each scored 12 points. Jess DeStigter scored a game-high 15 for WC, while Kate Buyert netted ten.
"It never should been close at the half," VanDerSloot said. "I thought we had a great team effort. We moved the ball well on offense and played good defense, especially in the second half. That's what makes this loss so hard to take."
St. Mary's 52,
The Storm Lake St. Mary's girls basketball team posted a 52-43 victory over Aurelia on Friday night. The Panthers led by three at the end of the third quarter and pulled some defensive stops in the fourth to pull away for the win.
St. Mary's led at the end of the first eight minutes, 10-6. The Panthers expanded that lead to seven by the end of the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 22-15 lead.
Out of halftime, the Bulldogs had more intensity and cut into the Panther advantage to trail 36-33 at the third quarter buzzer. St. Mary's pulled away in the fourth to earn the conference win.
"Our best stretches were when we worked the ball inside," said head coach Ryan Berg. "We did a nice job with the press tonight as well."
Janie Imming headed up the Panther offensive attack with 18 points. Abby Richardson added 15 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Jessica Lussman dished out five assists.
The Bulldog were led by Leah Kai's 19 point effort and Kristine Munden's 11.
St. Mary's improves to 8-2 in the Northwest Conference and 13-4 overall. The Panthers will host Pomeroy-Palmer on Tuesday.
Sioux Central 77,
Sac City 71 , OT
Senior forward Briana Scharn scored a career-high 33 points in Sioux Rapids Friday night, leading the Rebels to this impressive win over Northwest Conference opponent Sac City.
Scharn was 11 for 19 from two point range and two of eight from beyond the arc. The talented four sport athlete also made five of ten free throws.
The Rebels trailed 14-9 after one quarter and 30-29 at the half. They outscored Sac City 18-12 in the third quarter for a 55-53 lead after three.
Sac City outscored Sioux Central 10-7 in the fouth quarter to force overtime and a tie at 63.
In overtime, Sioux Central outscored the Indians 15-9 for the final margin.
Brooke Scharn complemented her sister with a huge double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 15 boards.
Beth Ehlers and Brittny Rehbuhn both scored eight points for the Rebels.