Will the Thrill lifts SLHS past Wolfpack
Will Hansen put back a Jordan Carlson miss just before the buzzer, and Storm Lake shocked 2A No. 3 Hull Western Christian 56-55 Friday.
"We didn't give up," SL head coach Bob Grant said. "They are athletic. They're rough, they're big and they don't quit. But our boys did not quit playing. I'm so proud of them."
HWC jumped out to a 6-0 lead before SL responded, and a scrappy first quarter saw HWC on top 14-5 with the biggest lead of the game. SL battled back to within two and headed into halftime down 28-26.
"Each of our boys found something big to do tonight," Grant said. "Late in the game we were down by three and we played tenacious defense. They should have charged double for the games tonight."
AJ Croker led SL in scoring, and Jesse Munger was the leading rebounder against HWC's two 6-foot-7 players.
"The fans were fantastic. When the boys heard those students being so loud, they thought they could win," Grant said. "And they did."
SL moves to 3-1 overall (2-0 Lakes) and will host Sheldon Tuesday.
Tornadoes fall to No. 10 HWC, 48-41
Storm Lake's girls played with 2A No. 10 Hull Western Christian to the end Friday.
The Tornadoes trailed just 42-41 with roughly 3 minutes to go but didn't score the rest of the night in a 48-41 home loss to the Wolfpack.
A technical foul called on Tornadoes assistant coach Mike Wabeke while the teams were huddling up during a timeout was the start of the Tornadoes' undoing in the waning minutes, but the Wolfpack put the clamps on with their size and quickness in the passing lanes and Storm Lake couldn't make a bucket when it counted, pointed out Tornadoes coach Stacey VanDerSloot.
"(The technical) was kind of after the fact," she added. "They missed a huge foul on Slone (Masters) when she went flying halfway down the court."
Despite the loss, VanDerSloot called it her team's best game this year.
"We saw some great things defensively," she said. "Jordan Bauer played one of her best games. Cassie Meylor has really come out of her shell. It was (Amanda) Proczak's best defensive game of the year.
"Our full-court man-to-man is affecting other teams. The improvement they've shown in the help-side defense has made it very frustrating for some other teams."
The biggest difference? The charity stripe. HWC was 14-for-24, Storm Lake 3-of-5.
Masters and Meylor paced Storm Lake with 11 points each.
Amber Woodford added nine, Bauer and Proczak four apiece, and Courtney Lovetinsky two.
Storm Lake (2-3, 2-2 Lakes) hosts Sheldon Tuesday.
No. 9 N-F routs L-M
NEWELL - The Newell-Fonda Mustangs continued their undefeated season Friday night with a 65-46 win over Laurens-Marathon. N-F took control of the game right away with a commanding 21-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
L-M battled back to a 27-36 deficit going into the half, but N-F maintained a solid lead for the remainder of the game and claimed the victory.
"This was a great test for us as Laurens really did a nice job of attacking our defense and getting a lot of good looks," N-F head coach Dick Jungers said.
Rachel Culp and Becky Seivert led N-F with 14 points apiece, followed by Ellen Gruntorad with 10. Guntorad launched three 3-pointers on the night.
Susan Kies added five points, Karina Overgaard four, Alisa Christensen two, Katelyn Laursen six, Katie Kaufman six and Lauren Devereaux four.
Jordan Sundblad of L-M led the Chargers with 14 points, while Kacie Woodley and Holly Hofmaster contributed nine and eight, respectively.
N-F came out with a strong showing, but will continue to work on communication and coverage for their upcoming game against So Cal today.
"Offensively our kids worked the ball well, but we still need to do a better job of finishing and attacking the defense, and seeing what the defense gives us," Jungers said.
N-F is currently ranked ninth in 1A, with records of 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the Northwest Conference.
Alta nabs first win
ALTA - The Alta Cyclones girls basketball team picked up their first win of the season Friday night in a 59-42 victory over Aurelia.
Alta started off with a 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The girls persisted, doubling their lead to go into the half 31-21. Alta came out fresh in the second half, pushing to a 48-33 third-quarter lead and adding a handful of baskets to seal the victory.
Jordan Henningsen spearheaded the Alta effort with 22 points and three steals, followed by Jessy Bibler with 12 points, six steals and nine rebounds.
Anne Curbow added eight points, Bridget Murillo six, and Kaylee Strock, Sam Hamer, Emily Grieme, Lesa Turnquist and Holly Hinkeldey all had two. Haley Payne added one point.
Leah Kai led Aurelia with 15 points, and Meghan Glawe was right behind her with 14.
"This was a great team win tonight," Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen said. "The girls played well together and did the little things."
Alta is now 1-4 on the season (1-2 NWC) and will take on Galva-Holstein on the road on Monday.
Aurelia goes to Pomeroy-Palmer Tuesday.
Panther girls suffer close loss
The Storm Lake St. Mary's girls basketball team kept the pressure on Pomeroy-Palmer during Friday night's home game, but they could not quite get ahead as they suffered a 59-51 loss.
P-P jumped to an early 14-9 lead, but St. Mary's was persistent and drew within three for the 25-22 halftime score. P-P stretched their lead in the subsequent quarters, but could not shake St. Mary's.
"We're definitely starting to play together," St. Mary's head coach Herb Besaw said. "We're starting to be able to not play individually, to play team basketball."
Rylee Paterson was a key ingredient in St. Mary's strong showing, leading the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Emily Moore added 12, as well as coming up with three rebounds and two steals. Jen Dimig notched 11 points and snatched nine rebounds and four steals.
"We need to work on our transition defense and getting back. They're young, but they're definitely coming," Besaw said.
St. Mary's (0-6, 0-3 Northwest Conference) hosts Sioux Central Tuesday.
L-M boys beat N-F, 64-52
NEWELL - Newell-Fonda's boys basketball team dropped a 64-52 Northwest Conference decision to Laurens-Marathon Friday.
The Mustangs trailed 12-8 after the first quarter and 24-14 at intermission.
"We got off to another slow start offensively," said Mustangs coach Paul Loos, whose team slipped to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the Northwest Conference. "We lost a key shooter (Adam Woodin) in the first half and he dropped a couple 3s on us.
"We didn't get to the free throw line enough."
The Mustangs, who were just 1-for-14 from 3-point land, got 19 points from Luke Sarchet, 12 from Brad Anderson and 10 from Evan Franzmeier.
Woodin paced L-M with 16. Zach Lovin and Tyler Smith added 12 and 11, respectively, for the Chargers.
Rebels work past S-C
SIOUX RAPIDS - Brooke Scharn, Steph Thompson and Brianna Ehlers all hit double figures in scoring as the Sioux Central girls basketball team defeated Schaller-Crestland 49-32 here Friday night.
Sioux Central started off with a 12-7 lead in the first quarter and maintained the 5-point difference to go into the half ahead 23-18. It extended the lead to 40-25 in the third quarter and held on to secure the win.
Scharn led SC with double digits in both scoring and rebounds, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Scharn also snagged a team-high four steals.
Thompson chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Ehlers followed with more double digits, adding 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Chelsea Clayton led S-C with 13 points.
The Rebels improved to 4-4 on the season, while S-C dipped to 2-3.
Cyclones pound Bulldogs, 78-27
ALTA - Class 1A top-ranked Alta dominated Aurelia's boys 78-27 Friday in a rematch of last year's playoff bout in which the Bulldogs knocked the Cyclones - also No. 1 at the time last year - out of the postseason.
"We moved the basketball pretty well," Alta assistant coach Dean Lietz said. "We kept good defensive pressure on the whole game."
Jordan Hinkeldey led the Cyclones with 24 points, followed by Scott Radke with 12 and Aaron Hansen with nine.
"We were a little short on players but we had some kids step up and play," Lietz said. "It was a total team effort tonight."
Alta improved to 3-0 both overall and in the Northwest Conference.
Panthers fall to Knight boys
Storm Lake St. Mary's boys basketball team dropped a 73-46 decision to Pomeroy-Palmer at the Panther Pit Friday, falling to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Northwest Conference.
The Panthers, who host Sioux Central Tuesday, trailed 17-5 after the first quarter and 37-19 at halftime.
St. Mary's stats were unavailable at deadline.
Schaller-Crestland Boys 47, Sioux Central 43
SIOUX RAPIDS - The Wildcats beat the Rebels Friday. Only the score was available at deadline.