IDA GROVE - The 13th ranked Storm Lake girls basketball team trailed nearly the entire game against Battle Creek Ida Grove, #10 in Class 2A, including a 53-44 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, but Cassie Meylor's basket with seven seconds left clinched the Tornado victory Tuesday night.
"I think our girls showed a lot of heart last night, being down nine points in the fourth quarter and being able to come back for a win," said head coach Mike Wabeke.
Slone Masters led Storm Lake with 20 points on the night. The junior point guard also collected ten rebounds, six assists, and three blocks. Meylor also recorded a double-double as she finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks.
Katie Blum nearly made it a trio of double-doubles as she fell just one rebound shy at ten points and nine boards. Nayjuok Deng also added nine rebounds and three steals for the Tornadoes.
"I thought our rebounding, especially on the offensive end, was the key to the game," said Wabeke. "We shot poorly from the field, but we were able to rebound many of those misses and turn them into points. I thought our defense also did a really good job against a very good BCIG offense."
Storm Lake outrebounded BCIG by a 44-31 margin and blocked nine shots on the night.
BCIG did the majority of their damage from distance and at the charity stripe making seven of 16 three point attempts and 21 of 30 free throws. Storm Lake was 10 of 26 at the line.
The win moves the Tornado girls to 7-1 on the season following a 44-40 loss at Denison, #7 in Class 3A, Monday. Both teams came out slow after the break as Storm Lake managed just 15 first half points. The 40 point total was their lowest of the season.
"We played hard the whole game," said Wabeke. "But we had stretches where we didn't play very well. I have to give the girls a lot of credit. When we got down in the fourth quarter, they never game up. We had our chances but missed free throws kept coming back to cost us."
The Tornadoes trailed 16-15 at the break and led 32-26 heading into the fourth, but an 11-27 performance at the free throw line cost them late.
Jordan Bauer had a team high 13 points and four steals on the night. Meylor finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, and Masters finished with seven points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.
The girls are back in the court in Spirit Lake Friday night when they take on the Indians (4-1) at 6:30PM in a battle for control of the Lakes Conference.