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Offense gives LCS girls win over Tornadoes

Monday, January 14, 2013

STORM LAKE -- The Le Mars girls got their offense clicking and earned a 74-40 win over Storm Lake Friday.

"We played pretty well. It was nice to go on the road and get a win over Storm Lake," LCS girls coach Judd Kopperud said. "They're a scrappy team and they play hard."

The Bulldogs led 21-15 after the first quarter, but LCS really put on the pressure in the second period, outscoring the Tornadoes 19-7.

LCS scored first that quarter and kept Storm Lake (0-12) at only two points for much of the period.

The score was 40-22 going into halftime.

"We got things going pretty well in the second quarter going into halftime," Kopperud said. "They came out and hit a few shots right off the bat that we weren't quite expecting, but then we tightened things up and really got better defensively. I was very happy with the way we moved the ball offensively and shared the basketball. We got some good looks because of that."

LCS added 17 more points in the third quarter, again keeping the Tornadoes to only seven, making it 57-29 going into the final stanza.

The 'Dogs outscored Storm Lake again, 17-11, to wrap up their win.

Eight three-pointers helped give the 'Dogs the edge. Six of those treys were from LCS senior Emily Pick.

Pick recorded a career-high 22 points for the game, leading scoring for the night.

Senior Carolyn Ahlers added 10 points for the Bulldogs.

"We had 11 different girls that scored," Kopperud said. "That was awesome."

Storm Lake senior Emily Johnson led her team with 14 points.

Leading rebounds for the 'Dogs, senior Ashley Phelan grabbed eight boards. Senior Molly Renken added another six.

Pick also had four steals for LCS.

"We had three girls with four assists each," Kopperud noted. "We were really distributing the basketball well."

LCS' win improves their record to 4-8 overall and 4-3 in the Lakes Conference.

"That puts us at third in the conference, tied with Spirit Lake and Spencer," Kopperud said. "We've got some big games coming up, especially Tuesday with Spirit Lake."

The 'Dogs will play at home twice next week. Tuesday they host Spirit Lake for conference play and Friday they host conference rival Emmetsburg.

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