STORM LAKE - After nearly a three week long break, the Storm Lake boys basketball team resumed play Tuesday night against the visiting Wolverines of Sioux City West.
Neither team showed much rust from the time off, but the fast-paced Wolverine attack out paced the Tornadoes 69-53 led by freshman phenom Wesley Staten.
Storm Lake struggled to contain the lightning quick Sioux City West point guard who led all scorers with 16 on the night.
Staten committed to play ball for Greg McDermott at Iowa State before ever donning a high school jersey.
Led by Staten, the Wolverines lit up the scoreboard with 24 first quarter points to Storm Lake's 12. The Tornadoes countered with 18 of their own in the second but still trailed 41-30 at the half. 19 points by Sioux City West in the third was enough to push the game out of reach.
The 53 points by Storm Lake was their second highest output of the season trailing only the 56 they scored in their overtime victory at Emmetsburg.
Senior guard Taylor Anderson led Storm Lake with ten points on the night followed by nine from Bobby Brown. Courtney Goodchild and JB Tut added six apiece as did Carson Anderson who had a team high four assists and four rebounds.
Seniors Dex Gordon and Warren Joiner each finished with 13 for the Wolverines who move to 1-3 on the season.
Storm Lake drops to 1-5 on the year and have lost four straight since their victory over the E-hawks on December 5th. They now enter the heart of their conference schedule with only one non-conference foe remaining in Sioux City East.
The Tornado boys take the court again Friday night then they travel to Spirit Lake to take on the Indians (2-5). Tip off is schedule for 8PM.