SHELDON - It's still a bit early to start panicking, but the Storm Lake girls' basketball team is now on their longest losing streak of the season, having dropped two straight after a 50-40 setback in Sheldon Tuesday night.
The Orab girls came out firing, shooting 41% from the field(17 of 42) to Storm Lake's 26% (15 of 58). Sheldon was just as hot from the foul line, making 13 of 18 attempts to just six of 19 for the Tornadoes. The Orabs also outrebounded SL, 35-31.
"Missed lay-ups and a poor showing at the free-throw line was our downfall in this game," said Storm Lake head coach Mike Wabeke. "You can't shoot 27.5% inside the arc and 6-19 from the free-throw line and expect to win many games. This was a big game for us, and I just didn't think we showed up ready to play."
Slone Masters turned in a double-double for the Tornadoes, finishing with 11 points, ten rebounds, and three assists. Cassie Meylor added 12 points, six boards, and six blocks, and Morgan VanDerSloot chipped in with seven points and four rebounds.
Sheldon (12-4, 9-3 Lakes) was led by Alexis Bart's 14 points and seven rebounds. Brittany Boerhave added 12 points and 13 boards, and Becca Fischer also notched 12 points in the win as the Orabs claimed moved within half a game of the Tornadoes for third place in the Lakes Conference.
Storm Lake (11-4, 10-3) isn't in the clear yet as a rematch with Spencer (11-1, 8-0) looms Friday night. The Tigers took a 48-40 decision from The Tornadoes in Spencer on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30PM.