The quick-striking Tornadoes exploded to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter, and held a 50-5 margin at halftime on the way to the 60-point victory over a youthful Cherokee squad that couldn't buy a basket in the game.
Storm Lake used balanced scoring and a fast-break offense seizing off Cherokee turnovers to race to the win. Slone Masters led the Tornadoes with 19 points, while Nyajuok Deng came off the bench to tally 14, and Cassie Meylor scored 16.
Jackie Wiison led Cherokee on the boards with five rebounds, and Misty Bruhn, Peterson, and Husman grabbed three each. Shelby Dilla totaled five steals to lead that category fot Cherokee. Julia Miller had three, and Katie Sambrano two. Liz Dawson blocked three shots.
The Cherokee girls shot a miserble 14 percent from the field, sinking 7-37 field goals, and 0-14 three-pointers. Storm Lake sank 27-57 shots for a warm 47 percent, and meshed 16-23 free throws, compared to just 2-9 for Cherokee in the poorly officiated game.
"It was another terrible first quarter for us," sid Cherokee first-year coach Abby James. "We just can't seem to get ready to go when the game starts.
"The girls came back with a better attitude and a "want" to play ball in the second quarter. Jackie Wilson really stepped up and worked hard in her first varsity action due to Lynn Carlson's injury."
The Cherokee girls are on holiday break until resuming their season Jan. 6 at Estherville-LC.