ALTA - Storm Lake St. Mary's coach Jim Demers had his team up by four points over his sister Jeannie Henningsen's Alta-Aurelia Warrior team after the first quarter of play here on Thursday night, but A-A went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to take a 19-15 halftime lead. Led by the passing of Jordan Henningsen and the inside play of fellow senior Emily Grieme, Alta-Aurelia increased their lead to seven points after three quarters before coasting to a 56-43 Northwest Conference win. Jasmine Demers led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points, and also led the team with five assists and seven rebonds. Anyssa Lenhart added 14 points and five boards for Coach Demers' team, now 6-14 on the season.
Alta-Aurelia coach Henningsen called the win "a big one" for the Warriors, whose season record now moves to 10-7. She cited the all-around game of southpaw Grieme, the passing of Jordan Henningsen, and the tough defense of Haley Payne, Audrey Winterhof, Courtney VanHaaften, Megan Phipps and Lesa Turnquist as all being key to the Warriors' win.
The coach said, "We need to keep playing with energy and intensity each night." The Warriors will finish up the season without the inside presence of senior Meghan Glawe, who has left the team.
The Warriors finish their regular season schedule in Alta on Tuesday, with a makeup of a Dec. 11 non-conference game against Woodbury Central.