The season is bright for East Sac County. Especially after the first girls’ basketball game of the season.
Friday night East Sac traveled on the road to play Storm Lake in the first official game of the season. East Sac County’s defense was strong throughout the game, not allowing the Tornadoes to score more than seven points in any of the four quarters.
With the defense breaking up the storm of the Tornadoes offense, the Raiders were able to trot out on their offense with tremendous success, earning a 53-15 victory.
At first it seemed like the contest may be a defensive battle for the night. East Sac County struck first with a quick nine points, but that was all they could find in the opening quarter. While their offense wasn’t able to put stellar numbers on the board, their defense did.
Storm Lake was held scoreless in the opening quarter, and the tone of the game was set.
East Sac came out with a lot more movement on offense in the second quarter, and it showed. The Raiders were able to break through the defense of Storm Lake throughout the quarter, and scored a total of 20 points.
The Tornadoes broke their scoreless streak as they added five points before the half, but that did little to slow down East Sac who held a 29-5 advantage after the first half.
East Sac’s offense slowed down a click or two to start the second half. Although they were still producing points, they didn’t come at the same pace, as East Sac scored 11 third quarter points.
The Raider defense continued to be outstanding though. They allowed just three points for Storm Lake in the third.
The final eight minutes of the game followed much of the same trend. East Sac scored almost at will against Storm Lake’s defense. The only change was the Tornado offense which saw their best output of the night with seven points.
Still, the Raiders nearly doubled the Storm Lake offense with 13 points, sealing the first victory of the season.
Junior Bree Boeckman led the Raiders with 21 points on Friday night. She hit eight of her 10 field goals and was one of two from the three point line.
Another junior, Maty Quirk was able to put up 15 points on the night. She was responsible for five of her 13 field goal attempts.
Josie Bontrager added six points. Lauren Litterer added another six. Kayla Kraft had three points in the game. Meredith Brown added two points.
Brown led the way with 10 rebounds. Quirk added seven rebounds in the contest. Boeckman finished with three rebounds.
Quirk and Boeckman had four assists each.