Second half proves costly for Tornadoes against Raptors

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Ridge View junior Kenzee Wunschel hits a short jumper. The Raptors scored 40 points in the second half to erase a two point Storm Lake lead and went on to take a 59-33 decision. Wunschel led the Raptors with 14 points.
Photos by Craig Shultz

SCHALLER- It was a tale of two halves on Monday night as Storm Lake traveled south to take on Ridge View. The Tornadoes held an edge at the break, but the game quickly changed in the second half as Ridge View pulled away for a 59-33 win.

Both offenses got off to a slow start in the first four minutes of the game, Ridge View holding a 5-4 advantage with 3:57 left in the quarter. Storm Lake embarked on an 11-0 run the rest of the way to take a nine point lead to the second period, 15-6.

Ridge View responded in the second quarter to get closer to the Tornadoes at halftime, 21-19 the score. Storm Lake senior Rachel Bozonie had 12 points at the break to lead all scorers.

The Raptors went on a run of their own to begin the second half, as the third quarter was effectively a 22-3 for Ridge View as they took a 17-point advantage to the final frame, 41-24. Storm Lake saw some shots go in through the fourth, but Ridge View got too many looks inside for the green and white to make another run.

Storm Lake senior Rachel Bozonie flies through the air with the greatest of ease on Monday night against Ridge View. Bozonie had 16 points to lead the Tornadoes.

“We got off to a good start. We played good defense for a half as well,” SL Coach Sam Lipps said. “However, we didn’t come out of halftime with enough energy. We weren’t able to match their intensity and keep up with them. Offensively we kind of stalled half way through the second quarter and never really got things back into gear.”

Bozonie finished with 16 points for the Tornadoes. Ridge View had four players reach double figures as they were paced by junior Kenzee Wunschel’s 14 points. Seniors Kennedy Mason had 13, Emerson Else 12 and Kara Richard 10.

Storm Lake falls to 2-10 on the year. They will host 8-4 Estherville-Lincoln Central on Friday night. Ridge View improves to 6-5. The Raptors traveled to 4-7 MVAOCOU on Tuesday night and will be at 3-10 OA-BCIG on Friday.

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