A bit of early season rust hampered the Tornado boys in their 2008-2009 debut as Storm Lake couldn't get the shots to fall consistently in their 58-43 season opening loss to Sioux City North.
Both teams struggled to get the shots to fall early as half of the opening quarter went by before the first field goal of the game.
The North found their rhythm first building an early 8-9 lead after one quarter of play.
The Storm Lake boys came out cold again in the beginning of the second quarter as the North Stars fast break offense pushed their advantage to 21-12 with just over two minutes left to play in the first half.
Junior JB Tut came alive soon their after scoring a pair of baskets and leading the Tornadoes surge to pull the game within five as they entered the half down 18-23.
Tut had an impressive debut leading all Storm Lake scorers with 14 on Monday night.
The Tornadoes picked up right where they left off in the first half as the team collectively found their shooting strokes.
Following a Carsen Anderson three, Tut would score on another drive to pull the game within one score at 34-32.
Anderson, a sophomore, finished second for the Storm Lake with nine points on the night, all coming on three point baskets.
Sophomore guards Nolan Cone and Michael McCabe also saw plenty of minutes in the debut as the pair accounted for nine points.
The fourth quarter belonged to Sioux City North as they took over led by their senior duo in the post, Nick Tillo and Alex Walker.
The pair of post players accounted for 33 points on the night as Storm Lake struggled to find an answer for them in the paint.
The North Stars put the game on iced leading to the eventual 58-43 decision.
The Tornado boys have a busy week as they're back in action tonight when they travel to take on Denison-Schleswig with JV beginning at 6:30PM.
Friday night they will be on the road again, this time taking on the E-Hawks of Emmetsburg at 6:15PM.
The Tornado junior varsity squad suffered a similar fate to the varsity as a slow shooting start hampered their chances in a 49-29 loss.