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Storm Lake girls slip past Midgets

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Thanks to Billie Blanchard's career game, Storm Lake was able to even its record.

The senior poured in a career-high 22 points and collected 10 rebounds Tuesday night to help Storm Lake to a 54-46 victory over Estherville in a Lakes Conference game at Tornado Fieldhouse.

Blanchard hit on 9 of 16 shots and also charted four assists for the Tornadoes, now 3-3 overall.

Storm Lake led 11-7 after the first quarter and 26-23 at the half. It was 40-36 entering the fourth period.

Storm Lake led 44-42 with 5 minutes to play, but scored four unanswered points to open up a 48-42 lead with 4 minutes left.

Mel Fisher had 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists, while Lindsey Frederiksen added eight points and seven rebounds. Casey Jennett charted seven rebounds and three steals. Molly Daniels tallied six assists.

Storm Lake made 22 of 59 field goals for 37 percent. Estherville was 17 of 48 for 35 percent.

"Billie had the best game of her career," Storm Lake coach Stacey VanDerSloot said. "We had a team effort. The guards did an outstanding job getting the ball inside. They forced Estherville to shoot 1 of 14 from the 3-point arc. This was a big win for us. I am proud of the way the girls played."

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