Western Girls Roll; Boys Win Thriller

Hull, Iowa — Western Christian swept Storm Lake in a Lakes Conference doubleheader Tuesday night in Hull. The girls rolled to a 47-32 win, while the boys won on a shot by Clay VanTol as time expired 68-66.

In the girls contest, Western jumped out front with an 8-0 run, and had a 8-1 lead after the first quarter. Heading into halftime the lead increased to twelve at 19-7. After three it was 36-18, and the Wolfpack won 47-32.

Western Christian got a team high nine points by Abby Postma, and ten different players got in the score book. Storm Lake got a game high fourteen from Skylar Cole.

The Western girls improve to 3-4 on the year, and 2-2 in the Lakes. Storm Lake falls to 1-8 on the year and 0-5 in the conference.

The boys game went down to the wire. Storm Lake jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead with dangerous three point game, but Western was able to claw back and after one, it was 12-7 Storm Lake. The game went back and forth from there. Heading into the break The Tornadoes had a one point lead at 29-28. Western Christian was able to create some separation in the third quarter, and heading into the final eight minutes had a 45-41 lead. With 4.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied at 66-66, Western inbounded the ball, Clay VanTol ended up with the ball and sunk the jumper as time expired to give the Wolfpack the 68-66 win.

Western Christian had four players in double figures. VanTol had a team high twenty-one, Carter Broek added fifteen, while Cole Zevenbergen put in fourteen, and Dawson Feentstra had eleven.

Western Christian improves to 4-1 on the year, and 4-0 in the Lakes. Storm Lake falls to 4-3 on the year, and 3-2 in the Conference.

Up next for the Wolfpack is a road trip to Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Thursday night. Storm Lake is at home against OABCIG Thursday night.

Coach Keizer had this to say about Tuesday night’s game, “Give a lot of credit to Storm Lake for taking us out of rhythm all night.  We got down early and fought an uphill battle all night.  We played ok enough to keep us in the game to give us a fighting chance in the fourth quarter.

We could have settled for OT but instead we had some guys make a play on the ball to set-up Clay VanTol for a buzzer-beater from 15 ft.  I’m happy for Clay and our team but we know that game could have had a different outcome tonight.
Tate Winterfeld and Cole Zevenbergen showed signs of growth tonight.  Cole was dominant in the paint area and Tate was our floor general tonight.  Clay Van Tol and Carter Broek made some big plays down the stretch for us.
We have a very tough task ahead of us on Thursday night as we go to Sergeant Bluff-Luton.  They have a very nice team and we will have to be at our very best!”
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