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Storm Lake starts fast again in Spencer, falls again

Friday, December 28, 2012

SPENCER - The Tornadoes have had no problem getting out of the gates strongly recently, and they did so again in Spencer Friday night, jumping out to a 12-2 lead against a top-10 Spencer team. Unfortunately, the Tornadoes were unable to keep pace yet again as they saw their double-digit lead cut to 30-27 at halftime, before falling behind for good in the third quarter of a 67-60 final.

The Tornadoes used a pair of threes from Nic Seaman and Aaron Krier to kick start their 12-2 lead. Some early foul trouble by the green and white allowed Spencer to creep back within 16-9 at the end of one.

The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 in Lakes Conference) would knot the game at 22 on a Michael Gabhart three and led briefly before the Tornadoes rallied for the three point halftime lead.

Spencer reclaimed the lead midway though the third and wouldn't look back as they outscored Storm Lake 19-12 in the frame.

Kenkel nearly single-handedly kept the Tornadoes close, showing off a variety of his moves on his way to a season high 25 points. He was 11-of-17 from the floor and added six rebounds and three assists. Kenkel spent the majority of the night battling the Tigers' star post, Matt Klemme, who finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds.

Jay Grant followed with 10 for the Tornadoes. Krier added nine, Seaman nine and Yach Deng six.

Matt Finnern led Spencer with 19 points. Gabhart finished with 16.

Storm Lake struggled with fouls all night, sending the Tigers to the line for 36 attempts on 28 fouls. Spencer struggled to take advantage, however, making just 18 of them.

The Tornadoes drop to 3-5 on the season and return to action on January 4th at home against Cherokee.

The Tornadoes currently sit at fourth in the conference race with a 3-2 mark in league play. Western sits atop the conference at 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Lakes. LeMars and Spencer both sit at 4-1 in the league at 5-3 and 7-1 overall, respectively.

Spirit Lake follows at 6-3, 2-3, then Estherville-Lincoln Central (4-5, 2-3), Emmetsburg (2-7, 0-5) and Cherokee (0-9, 0-5).

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