CHEROKEE - Fresh off their 53-49 win over ninth-ranked Spencer, the Storm Lake girls' basketball team has started to pick up steam heading towards February 18th's Regional opener, following their 70-31 thrashing of Cherokee Tuesday night.
The Tornadoes shot 43% (24-56) from the field and 50% (6-12) from deep as they equaled their second highest scoring output of the 2008-2009 season. Their highest output was the 78 they scored against Cherokee back on December 19th when the Storm Lake girls roared out of the gates to take a 25-0 lead.
Slone Masters was stellar on both ends of the court for the Tornadoes, scoring 21 and coming up with nine steals in three quarters of work. Katie Blum scored 14 to go with five boards, and Jordan Bauer added 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting to go with three assists.
"I thought Slone Masters and Jordan Bauer played very well on both ends of the court," said Storm Lake head coach Mike Wabeke. "Jordan's confidence in her offensive ability is starting to match what the coaching staff expected from her this season."
Tuesday night's scoring barrage saw Storm Lake pick up 18 points off their bench.
"I thought all of our bench players did a very good job as well," said Wabeke. "We still need to do a better job on our two-foot shots, and our post players need to step up in these next games if we want to be successful."
The Tornadoes outrebounded Cherokee 38-27, but the duo of Cassie Meylor and Morgan VanDerSloot were held to just five points. Combined, the pair averages just under 17 per game on the season.
Storm Lake (13-4, 12-3 Lakes Conf.) remains tied with Sheldon for third place in the Lakes Conference behind Spencer (12-1 in Lakes) and Spirit Lake (10-2). The Tornadoes host Pocahontas Thursday, travel to East Sac Friday, and close out the regular season against Spirit Lake at home Tuesday.
Class 3A Regionals begin February 18th when Storm Lake hosts LeMars. The Tornadoes won both regular season meetings (62-40, 52-48). A win over the Bulldogs would see them face either MOC-Floyd Valley or #8 Bishop Heelan at home in the semifinals.