The last time the Storm Lake girls basketball team won a post-season tournament game, every member of this year’s team was in the elementary school.
Playing on their home floor the Tornadoes held off Carroll 56-53 in the first round of the class 4A regional tournament for the program’s first tournament win since February 24th, 2010.
Trailing 4-0, Storm Lake’s Briana Soto hit a free throw line jumper to get the Tornadoes on the board with 2:50 left in the first quarter. That jumper started an 8-0 run and Storm Lake led 8-4 at the end of the first quarter.
After leading 22-15 at the half, the Tornadoes came out in the 3rd quarter and quickly built a 15 point lead halfway through the quarter, but the Tigers battled back to cut it to 35-28 at the end of the 3rd.
The 4th quarter was an epic back and forth battle filled with turnovers and big plays for both teams. Carroll would twice pull within two points, the last being 50-48 with 1:40 to go. Over the next minute the Tornadoes went 6-for-8 at the free throw line and led 56-49 with :48 seconds remaining. The Tigers would score back to back baskets to make it 56-53, they then fouled Pasha Nyewe with ten seconds left in the game and Nyewe missed both free throws. Carroll would then miss a game tying three point shot with one second left, the Tornadoes grabbed the rebound and the celebration was on.
Some interviews after the game…..
Storm Lake was led by Rachel Bozonie’s 15 points, Ariel Bozonie had 13, and Skylar Cole came off the bench to score ten.
The Tigers were led by Taylor Mohr’s game high 19 points. Carroll went 18 for 31 at the free throw line, while Storm Lake was 12 for 18.
The Tigers finish the year with a record of 5-16. Storm Lake is now 7-15 and will play at Denison-Schleswig this Saturday night at 7pm. The Monarchs beat Storm Lake 77-37 back on November 30th. The game will be broadcast on 92.9FM KKIA