Indians Hold Off Tornadoes Down Stretch

Delaney Ehn scored 22 points and Pocahontas Area held off Storm Lake for a 62-54 non-conference win at Storm Lake Thursday night.

The Indians scored the first basket of the 4th quarter to take a 46-36 lead but the Tornadoes battled their way back to pull within 50-49 with just over four minutes to play in the game.  With the Indians Annika Duitscher at the free throw line already, Storm Lake coach Jesse Nitchals was called for a technical foul. Duitcher made one of two, Jill Vonnahme then made both technical free throws to put Poky up 56-49 with 3:39 to go.  The Indians would score the next basket and the Tornadoes were never able to mount a rally after that.

Free throws were a huge difference in the game, Pocahontas Area was 24 of 32 and Storm Lake was 6 of 9.

Storm Lake went on a 7-0 run in the final minute of the first half on a Briana Soto three pointer and Pasha Nyewe made a pair steals and converted them both for layups and it was a 25-24 Poky lead at the break.

Pocahontas Area was without three players due to illness and Sarah Powers stepped up big time adding 17 points.  The Tornadoes were playing without their leading scorer Rachel Bozonie who was attending an orchestra event.  Storm Lake was led in scoring by Soto and Jenna Neumann, each with 13 points.

The Tornadoes fall to 4-13 overall and will host LeMars Friday night.  The Indians are now 6-10 overall and will host Saint Mary’s Friday night in Pomeroy.