Denison-Schleswig scored the first 15 points of the game and the Monarchs never looked back as they spoiled Storm Lake’s season opener with a 68-40 win last Thursday at Tornado Fieldhouse.
Denison-Schleswig jumped out to an 18-2 lead after the first quarter. It was 35-12 at halftime and 56-27 after three periods.
Josh Steffen scored 12 points to lead Storm Lake. Charlie Dvergsten added nine and Jaidyn Coon seven. Justin Guynn had five points, Jake Eddie and Cameron Boyd three apiece, and Braeden Hicks one.
Dvergsten led in rebounding with four. Coon, Guynn and Brody Boeckman all added three. Eddie charted four assists and two steals.
Storm Lake made 15 of 56 field goals for 27 percent, including 6 of 34 from 3-point.
“I thought we came out really slow,” Storm Lake coach Heath Stille said. “Denison’s a good basketball team. When you start out slow against a good team it’s going to be tough, especially with a team that’s rebuilding. Our guys kept playing hard and played better in the second half and did the things we asked them to do at halftime.”
“I think this team is going to continue to improve each night and continue to improve and work harder each day,” Stille added.