Reath Yak came off the bench and scored 14 of his game high 20 points in the first half igniting the Storm Lake boys basketball team to a 63-46 win over Spencer.
Playing in front of a large and raucous crowd the Tornado boys never trailed in the game building a 33-21 lead after two quarters. Spencer came out in the third quarter and scored the first nine points to cut their deficit to 33-30 but Lamar Mulgae would drain a three-pointer for Storm Lake’s first points of the 2nd half to make it 36-30 with 4:20 to go. It would end up 43-36 at the end of the 3rd and Storm Lake outscored the Tigers 20-10 in the 4th to put the game away.
Malga Yanga added 15 points and Brayden Hoops chipped in with 13 and the Tornadoes improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Lakes Conference.
Spencer was led in scoring by Brady Kluender’s 15. The Tigers are now 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The girls basketball game was tied at 55 with two minutes to go when Spencer’s Katie Moser banked in a three and after a Tornado missed shot Jenna Dirkx drained her 7th 3-pointer of the game to make it 61-55 with a minute to play and the Tigers went on to win 63-57.
The game was tied at 24 at the half and Storm Lake had a 41-38 lead heading into the final quarter. Ariel Bozonie scored 14 points, Briana Soto had 12, and Rachel Bozonie added ten. The Tornadoe’s played tough again only to come up short dropping their record to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the Lakes.
Dirkx scored a game high 25 points in the Tigers first win of the year. Spencer nearly out-rebounded Storm Lake by a 2-to-1 margin.
The Tornado teams will play again Tuesday at Cherokee for a conference double-header that will start at 6:15. The audio and the video of the game will be streamed online at stormlakeradio.com and broadcast locally on 92.9FM KKIA