STORM LAKE - Kassie Drey scored 15 points to help lift Storm Lake St. Mary's to a 49-41 win over Alta in a Northwest Conference game on Tuesday night.
Alta led 9-8 after the first quarter, but St. Mary's used an 11-5 spurt in the second quarter to take a 19-14 halftime lead. The Panthers extended their lead to 32-24 entering the fourth period.
Alta cut the deficit to 39-35 with 2:06 remaining, but could not get any closer as St. Mary's made enough free throws to maintain its lead.
Megan Kestel finished with eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Peggy Ploeger had seven points and Michelle Drey six.
Michelle Weaver collected four rebounds, while Bri Barber had three rebounds and four assists. Jen Petersen charted three assists and Michelle Drey three steals for the Panthers, now 7-5 overall.
Alta received 14 points from Ashlea Payne and 11 from Maggie Lichtenberg. Payne cleared 13 rebounds and charted four steals. Casi Flink added five rebounds and five assists, while Jess Garrison contributed four assists and two steals.
St. Mary's made 17 of 36 field goals for 47 percent. Alta was 14 of 39 for 36 percent.
"We did a great job of handling their pressure and moving the basketball," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said.
"St. Mary's did a great job of rebounding and playing halfcourt defense," Alta coach Rory Payne said. "They came out with intensity and we didn't match it. I thought Megan Kestel was the difference as she blocked and changed many of our shots in the post."
Aurelia 65 Pomeroy-Palmer 33
Kim Parker poured in a game-high 24 points and collected 10 rebounds to help send Aurelia to a Northwest Conference win over Pomeroy-Palmer on Tuesday.
Aurelia trailed 15-9 after the first quarter, but used a 24-8 spurt in the second quarter to take a 33-23 halftime lead. The Bulldogs' lead grew to 54-26 entering the fourth quarter.
Nicole Benes scored 10 points for Aurelia. Jill Smith and Vernice Alfred added nine apiece.
Smith charted six rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Benes had five rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Kati Nelson handed out three assists.
Parker, Nelson, Jennifer Cougill and Trish Ohlson all had two steals apiece.
Aurelia made 27 of 57 field goals for 47 percent, while Pomeroy-Palmer was 11 of 36 for 31 percent.
"I thought our girls played a full game for the first time this year," Aurelia coach Scott Bailey said. "We picked up our defensive intensity without fouling and putting them on the line. It was a total team effort."
Storm Lake JV 39 Sheldon 29
Kiley Stavnes scored 10 points as Storm Lake knocked off Sheldon last Friday night.
Chelsea Anderson scored nine points and Jessica Overturf added eight for the Tornadoes, now 9-1 overall.
Anna Paulsen charted three steals on defense in the fourth quarter alone.