STORM LAKE - It's difficult to win when you make only 30 percent of your shots.
When the other team shoots 50 percent, that makes it even tougher.
Denison-Schleswig, ranked 10th in Class 3A, made 27 of 54 field goals to hand Storm Lake a 65-43 setback in a girls basketball game played Saturday at Tornado Fieldhouse.
The Monrachs jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter before Storm Lake scored seven unanswered points to pull within 15-9 by the end of the first period.
That was as close as Storm Lake would get the rest of the way. Denison-Schleswig used a 12-2 spurt to take a 27-11 lead and eventually held a 34-13 halftime lead. It was 49-23 entering the fourth period of play.
Storm Lake scored almost half of its points in the fourth quarter - 20.
Molly Daniels led Storm Lake, now 5-8 overall, with 11 points. Billie Blanchard had eight and Paige Havens seven.
Blanchard had five rebounds and Daniels added four. Jenny Woodford charted four steals and Blanchard three. Woodford, Daniels, Mel Fisher and Lindsey Frederiksen all had two assists apiece.
Storm Lake made 15 of 50 field goals for 30 percent.
"They were very intimidating in the first half," Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot said. "They were shooting the lights out. We played with them in the second half, so that was an accomplishment for us."
Spencer 54, SL 36
Spencer outscored Storm Lake 26-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away from a one-point lead and went on to beat Storm Lake in a Lakes Conference game last Friday night.
The game was tied at 10-aa after one quarter and 18-all at the half. It was 28-27 Spencer entering the fourth period.
Storm Lake shot 11 of 41 for 27 percent. Spencer was 16 of 55 for 29 percent.
Molly Daniels scored nine points and Brooke Overturf six for the Tornadoes. Overturf cleared 11 rebounds and Billie Blanchard added six. Blanchard charted three assists and Daniels three steals.
"We played tired all night," Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot said. "You could tell we had not played a game all week. When you let your opponents get 16 offensive rebounds, you are going to lose the game."
Galva-Holstein 56, Alta 44
Ashlea Payne finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, nine steals and four assists, but it wasn't enough as Galva-Holstein topped Alta on Saturday night at Holstein.
Galva-Holstein led 16-14 after the first quarter of play before extending to a 36-24 lead at halftime. It was 48-33 Pirates entering the fourth period.
Megan Bishop had eight points for Alta, while Shandra Walker and Jess Garrison had five rebounds apiece. Casi Flink charted five assists and four steals, while Garrison had four steals.
Galva-Holstein made 24 of 45 field goals for 53 percent. Alta was 16 of 46 for 35 percent.
"We did a very good job of containing their inside people, but they had three perimeter players that accounted for 39 points," Alta coach Rory Payne said. "We didn't handle the ball real well at times, but I was happy with the effort and the fact that they didn't quit after falling behind by as many as 17 points."