STORM LAKE -- A trip outside thanks to a fire alarm didn't cool the Bulldogs down in their Friday matchup with Storm Lake.
In fact, they only got hotter from there, winning the conference matchup 67-45.
"It was one of our better games in the year," LCS Coach Dave Irwin said. "We had our best defensive effort. Our approach to the game was as good as we've had against anybody this year. We got a lot of different guys involved and had a really nice team win."
The Bulldogs (8-3) led early with a 14-11 edge after the first quarter and a 12 point lead after the second. The score was 30-18 LCS at halftime.
About one minute before halftime, a heat sensor tripped the Storm Lake fire alarms and everyone had to evacuate the building for about 20 minutes until the all-clear was sounded.
The interruption didn't bother the Bulldogs too much.
"It was just a minute before halftime," Irwin said. "It's one of those times where you try to endure for that minute then try to get your routine back at halftime."
And LCS did just that, adding 17 points to the Bulldogs' score and holding the Tornadoes to four points in the third quarter.
"We played our best basketball of the year in the third quarter, especially defensively," Irwin said. "We controlled the game; we determined the momentum and really put it to them in the third quarter."
Both teams found the basket in the final quarter, with LCS scoring 20 points and the Tornadoes adding 23, giving LCS a 22-point win.
Storm Lake plays a physical game, and the 'Dogs matched them on the court.
LCS compiled 23 fouls, with senior Parker Rolfes fouling out, and Storm Lake logged about the same.
"It's not necessarily our type of game, but we really did a nice job of being physical with them," Irwin said. "They didn't like it, probably a little more than what we didn't like."
LCS senior Brendan Collins led scoring for the night with 17 points.
"It was a nice game for Brenden," "He asserted himself on the offensive end, and I thought that was really what started our night when he got in the game."
Senior Gabe Rahn added nine more points for the 'Dogs.
Storm Lake senior Nic Seaman led his team with 16 points.
Defensively for the Bulldogs, Kyle Dolph and Tanner Anthony led with six boards each.
Junior Jake Irwin logged four assists and Rolfes had three.
The Bulldogs will be at home for their next two games. They host Spirit Lake Tuesday and Emmetsburg on Friday.