HULL - Earlier this year, the upstart Storm Lake boys handed powerful Western Christian their only conference loss of the season to date.
Consider the situation avenged, with an exclamation point.
Western Christian outran Storm Lake 104-50 in the rematch at Hull Friday night, jumping out to a 27-10 first quarter lead and never letting up.
"They were coming at us in waves," Tornado coach Bob Grant said. "Their speed in the game tonight was just incredible, and everything they touched was golden."
At one point, a Storm Lake player executed a neat steal - only to see the ball caromb off another player's knee, straight into the hands of a WC player streaking for a layup - that, in a nutshell, was how the night went. WC led 53-20 at the half and stretched it to 83-30 by the end of the third quarter, as Storm Lake lost more than 20 turnovers.
Junior Taylor Anderson was a bright spot for Storm Lake, with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Jesse Munger had seven points and hauled down eight rebounds. Will Hansen and Jordan Carlson each had seven points, Dak Ngut six. A.J. Croker dished out five assists.
Western Christian appeared ready for a run to defend their 2A state title, and is currently ranked 8th.
It was a frustrating night for the Tornadoes, but the kind that teaches young players some valuable lessons, Grant said.
"We had found a way to hang in the game when we played them in Storm Lake, but tonight we had our opportunities and just didn't hit them, and that fed our opponents' mementum," he said. "The key thing is that our players handle adversity well. They keep playing hard and working on the little things, and that's what we will build from."
Storm Lake is 5-8 on the season, 4-6 in the Lakes Conference. WC moves to 11-3 and 9-1.
On Tuesday, Storm Lake will travel to Sheldon for what Grant feels will be a critical game. "We're going to keep our chins up. We are still stinging from our earlier loss to them on a tip at the buzzer. We might just watch the game film just before we head up there, amd I think we will have a little extra fire."