"I pulled my hair out about a lot of things," said Storm Lake head coach Bob Grant. "We need to play with more energy. When we are lethargic, we're not a very good team. We can be explosive. We can score in a hurry. We've got to keep improving. I'm happy for these kids. They didn't give up. They kept going."
The Tornadoes held a 40-33 halftime edge, which they would widen to 46-35 in the third. However, they were unable to put the E-Hawks away, falling into a scoring slump that saw Emmetsburg rattle off a 21-2 run to take a 56-48 lead midway through the fourth.
Baskets from Aaron Krier and Jay Grant brought Storm Lake within 58-56 soon their after. A basket from Erik Drost, and a Jake Jackson free throw, made it a 61-56 Tornado deficit. Krier rang up a clutch three with under a minute to play to pull the Tornadoes within two, and Emmetsburg answered with a turnover on their following possession.
Krier found Kuony Deng down low, who was fouled with under 10 ticks left and sent to the line for two, the first free throws for the green and white all night.
The freshman cooly sank them both to force overtime.
"That was big for a freshman," said Grant. "He just stepped up there and hit those."
It was all Storm Lake in the extra frame as Krier opened up with another three, Kenkel knocked down a free throw, Deng punched in two, and then Krier poured in four straight for a 10-0 run to end the game.
Krier finished with a game-high 25 points on the night. Grant turned in 16, Kenkel had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Deng finished with 10.
"When we needed a play, he (Krier) stepped up and made a play," said Grant.
Michael Pugh knocked down six three pointers to lead the E-Hawks (3-13) with 23 points. Jackson finished with 18 and Drost 12.
Storm Lake improves to 7-8 with the win. They host Spencer Tuesday night.