Big first half pushes SL girls to 10th win

Thursday, January 22, 2009

STORM LAKE - The Tornado girls (10-2, 9-1 in the Lakes Conf.) picked up their 10th win of the season Tuesday night, as they used a 25-point first half lead to cruise to the victory over Emmetsburg, 61-36.

A 16-6 advantage after one quarter of play inflated to 37-12, as the Storm Lake girls started the game in dominant form.

"I thought we played well, especially in the first half," said Tornado head coach Mike Wabeke. "We handled the ball well and did a really good job of making the extra pass for easy shots."

Storm Lake was cold from long range, making just 3 of 25 attempts, but they made up for it inside the arc where they made 23 of 48 (48%) of their attempts.

Tornado forward Katie Blum turned in her best game of the season as she finished with season-highs in points and rebounds. Blum scored 16 points on 7-8 shooting, hauled in nine rebounds, and had three steals.

Slone Masters had 12 points, six rebounds, and five steals, and Jordan Bauer added 12 points, two assists, and two steals.

"I thought this was Jordan and Katie's best game of the season so far," said Wabeke. "I thought Jordan, Katie, and Morgan (VanDerSloot) really stepped up their defense and really pressured their guards."

Storm Lake came up with 15 steals on the night and outrebounded the E-Hawks 38 to 31.

They held Emmetsburg to just 29% (12-42) shooting to complete the season sweep after their 64-28 win back on December 5th.

The Tornado girls enter a crucial stretch in their bid for the Lakes Conference crown beginning Friday night at home against Western Christian (6-7, 5-5 in Lakes Conf).

They travel to Lakes Conference leading Spencer (9-1, 6-0 in Lakes) Saturday for a 5:30PM tip-off. They then travel to Sheldon (9-2, 7-1) Tuesday before a rematch with the Tigers at home on Friday night. Those two games tip-off at 6:30PM.

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