Defending Class 3A state champion Estherville Lincoln Central, ranked No. 1, outscored Storm Lake 38-11 in the second half to pull away as the Midgets defeated the Tornadoes 71-30 in a Lakes Conference game last Friday at Estherville.
ELC held a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and led 32-20 at halftime. It was 51-27 after three periods.
Avery DeHaan scored 12 points to lead Storm Lake. Adeeya Yanga added eight. Maddy Raveling scored four points while Amy Slight, Mackenzie Harder and Grace Kenkel all had two.
Raveling grabbed four rebounds and Yanga and Audrey Kosky each had three. Kosky also had two steals.
Storm Lake made 7 of 26 field goals for 27 percent, including 3 of 10 from 3-point.
“I thought our girls played an excellent first half and really competed hard,” Storm Lake coach Nate Reichter said. “Defensively, we were locked in, we shared the ball offensively, took care of the ball and were able to get the ball to the low post. I was extremely pleased with our first half of basketball. If we play like that we can play with anyone.
“Second half, ELC’s constant pressure got to us,” Reichter added. “We turned the ball over too many times, ball movement stopped, we didn’t hit the glass and they hit shots. We need to be more consistent and put all four quarters together to give ourselves a chance at the end of the game.”