Storm Lake's girls basketball team is putting last season in the past. The Tornadoes (1-1, 1-0 Lakes Conference) beat Le Mars 67-64 Tuesday, equaling - in their first conference matchup - their league win total of last year in which they went 1-15.
"It was good to see the girls playing better. We did some things very well: moving the ball, breaking the press, finishing the shot, getting to the free throw line and making them," said Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot. "(An area) that we will continue to improve on is making better choices during pressure situations. We had too many turnovers because of poor decisions.
"That will come along as the season progresses."
Slone Masters paced Storm Lake with 20 points. Amber Woodford had 11, Courtney Lovetinsky eight, Cassie Meylor eight, Amanda Proczak seven, Jordan Bauer seven, Kyrie Butler four and Maleia Miller two.
Storm Lake led 12-6 after one period and 30-22 at halftime before the Bulldogs battled back, outscoring SL 27-20 in a frantic fourth.
"I was pleased with most of the defensive effort. We had some let down at certain times, but the girls played hard and certainly are showing improvement in our team defenses," VanDerSloot said. "It is so important that we have a number of girls who can come in and play off the bench. We have the luxury of keeping pressure on the guards with a fresh set of legs because of Kyrie Butler, Maleia Miller, and Jordan Bauer.
"Also, we have post players in Amy Kessler and Courtney Lovetinsky who play awesome for us and help keep our team rested. It is a total team effort."
Storm Lake shot 82 percent (23 of 28) at the foul line while Le Mars cashed in 16 of 24 shots at the stripe.
The Tornadoes head to Estherville-Lincoln Central this Friday.