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LeMars eliminates SL from regional tournament

Monday, February 18, 2002

Storm Lake made only 23 percent of its shots as 11th-ranked LeMars ended the Tornadoes' season with a 55-38 win in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal game on Thursday.

LeMars bolted out to a 16-2 lead early in the game thanks to 12 points from Betsy Beach. It was 25-14 after the first quarter.

After scoring 25 points in the first period, LeMars scored only two points in the second quarter. Storm Lake, however, only scored four and LeMars held a 27-18 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs opened things up in the third quarter. They started with a 5-0 run to take a 32-18 lead and later pushed it to 40-20 on a 3-pointer by Laura Reuter. LeMars led 45-24 heading into the fourth period.

Brooke Overturf led Storm Lake with nine points. Jenny Woodford, Billie Blanchard, Lindsey Frederiksen and Paige Havens all had six points each.

Mel Fisher collected seven rebounds, while Blanchard and Frederiksen each added six. Havens charted four steals and Fisher three assists.

Storm Lake, which finished at 6-16, made 12 of 53 field goals for 23 percent. LeMars was 17 of 36 for 47 percent.

"Our downfall was our shooting once again," Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot said. "We got some good shots off, but they just wouldn't fall for us. LeMars shot well when they got the shot off."

"The girls played hard and I'm very proud of their efforts. They never gave up. Paige came off the bench and played a strong game for us. I'm very proud of our seniors and what they have done this year. They worked hard all season."

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