POCAHONTAS - Scott Ellens poured in a game-high 24 points and hauled down 17 rebounds to help send Storm Lake to a 67-54 season-opening win over Pocahontas on Saturday night at Pocahontas.
Storm Lake jumped out to a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 36-20 by halftime. It was 53-34 entering the fourth period of play.
Mike Pierce tossed in a career-high 16 points for the Tornadoes. Matt Nees added seven points and Jeff DeHaan six.
Nick Skibsted cleared eight rebounds, while Pierce and Nees each had five. DeHaan handed out five assists and charted four steals. Kurt Hanna added three assists and two steals.
"We went in and I talked about rebounding and we had a monster first quarter as far as rebounding," Storm Lake coach Tim Keigan said. "We made the extra pass and we probably didn't take a shot outside five or six feet in the first quarter and we jumped on them 19-4. The interior passing was the main difference, and the rebounding. We controlled the inside and really had a nice three quarters. We struggled a little bit the fourth quarter. It was a good, quality win for us. Scott Ellens and all of our forwards just played huge."
Storm Lake won the JV game 50-40. Nick Sorbe led the Tornadoes with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Erskine contributed eight points and eight rebounds, while Adam Strandberg added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals. Ryan McClatchey and Andy Berg each forced five turnovers. The Tornadoes, who shot 48 percent, forced 22 in all.
Alta 67, HMS 59
Heath Glienke scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help lead Alta past Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Saturday night.
Alta jumped out to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter before extending to a 36-23 halftime lead. It was 53-44 entering the fourth period of play.
HMS cut it to a 53-48 game with 7 minutes remaining before Alta went on a 14-9 run to push it back up to 67-57 with 1 minute to play.
Jared Johnson scored 13 points and cleared 14 rebounds for the Cyclones, now 2-0. Brad Bunjes had 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Holton added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Josh Droegmiller contributed nine points and nine assists.
Alta made 24 of 60 field goals for 40 percent. HMS was 19 of 55 for 35 percent.
"This was a very physical game," Alta coach Larry McNutt said. "HMS did a good job defensively and made us work for every shot."