ALBERT CITY - Eric Wordekemper hit a 3-pointer with just over 1 minute remaining and finished with 26 points to help give Storm Lake St. Mary's a 56-48 win over Albert City-Truesdale in a Northwest Conference game on Friday night at Albert City.
St. Mary's held a 21-15 lead after the first period. It was 29-29 at halftime and 39-39 entering the fourth quarter.
Joe Fitzgerald made two free throws with just under 1 minute left to make it a 52-47 game before Kyle Drey converted a pair of charity tosses for a 54-47 lead with 28 seconds left to play. Drey would add two more free throws for a 56-48 margin with 14 seconds to go.
Wordekemper, who made five 3-pointers in the game, combined with Fitzgerald to score 43 of the Panthers' 56 points. Fitzgerald finished with 17 points.
Fitzgerald made two free throws to tie the game at 47-47 with 1:48 to play.
Wordekemper scored 16 points in the first quarter thanks to four 3-pointers, but foul trouble saddled him the entire second half.
Drey scored eight points for the Panthers, now 1-0 overall. Joey McCollum cleared eight rebounds for the Panthers, while Drey added six. Fitzgerald had four assists and Wordekemper two steals.
Jake Heuton led AC-T with 13. Brian Aronson chipped in with 10 points and Taylor Heideman nine. Tim Hogrefe charted nine rebounds and six assists. Heideman had seven rebounds and Heuton six rebounds, four steals and four assists.
St. Mary's made 16 of 22 free throws to AC-T's 9 of 14. The Panthers were 17 of 39 shooting from the field.
"I thought we played with composure in the fourth quarter. We were down two with 3 minutes to go and we didn't panic and got good shots," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "We got some good minutes from some guys off of our bench. Hopefully, our depth will be a contributing factor for us."
Eric Holton scored a career-high 29 points to help send Alta to a wild Northwest Conference win in overtime over Schaller-Crestland on Friday at Alta.
Alta led 24-19 after the first quarter. It was 37-37 at halftime and 60-60 entering the fourth period. The game ended 73-73 at the end of regulation.
Jared Johnson scored 20 points for Alta, while Brad Bunjes added 17 and Heath Glienke 11.
Bunjes and Holton each cleared nine rebounds for the Cyclones. Johnson had seven. Josh Droegmiller and Holton charted three steals apiece. Tyler DeMan handed out five assists. Glienke and Holton each had three.
Marcus Malcom poured in a career-high 34 points for the Wildcats. Jason Pyle scored 27 points and Nathan Johnson added 12.
"We were 24 of 25 from the free throw line, so that made the difference," Alta coach Larry McNutt said. "They were 17 of 27. It was pretty nip-and-tuck most of the way. We were lucky enough to get them at the end. It was a well-played game."
Bryce Edwards scored 17 points to help send Newell-Fonda to a Northwest Conference win over Aurelia on Friday night at Aurelia.
Newell-Fonda held a 24-17 lead after the first quarter. It was 34-22 Newell-Fonda at the half and 46-35 entering the fourth period of play.
Matt Stauter scored 12 points, and Jared Daniel and Eric Johnson each had 11 for the Mustangs, now 2-0 overall.
Heath Brecher scored 14 points to lead Aurelia. Eric Sonksen added 10. Brecher grabbed 11 rebounds, Sonksen seven, Bill Weathers six and Kasey Reilly five.
Sonksen handed out six assists, while Dan Beatty added three.
Aurelia was 17 of 67 for 25 percent. Newell-Fonda was 26 of 67 for 39 percent.
Aurelia was playing without its 6-foot-8 center John Bentsen, who had a sprained ankle.
"This is the best team effort I've seen from our guys since I've been here," Aurelia coach Jim Demers said. "They left it all out on the floor.
Sioux Central 55
Nate Wittmaack poured in 21 points and Tyler Vaudt added 19 as Sioux Central knocked off Lakeland on Friday night at Sioux Rapids.
Sioux Central led 13-12 after the first quarter. The Rebels extended to a 37-24 halftime lead and 48-32 advantage after the third period of play.
Jason Ferguson scored seven points for the Rebels. Vaudt, Ferguson and Kirk Bright all had nine rebounds apiece. Vaudt also handed out five assists.