STORM LAKE - Storm Lake's 1-3 record entering Tuesday's game may have seemed a little deceptive to Estherville Lincoln Central, but the Tornadoes 30-point first quarter wasn't.
Most of that proved to be the difference in Storm Lake's 74-53 win over the Midgets on Tuesday.
"We were a little careless with the ball early and there was a lack of focus to start the game," said ELC coach York Plagge, who said that he is trying to find a group of players who will be consistent.
Storm Lake took advantage of some early turnovers to build a 15-e lead.
Tyler Swanson helped bring back ELC has he hit two 3-pointers, converting a four-point play on the second one. A basket by Tucker Milburn brought ELC with six points, 18-12 and ELC still trailed by just seven, 23-16, when Milburn hit his second basket of the quarter.
However, the Tornadoes scored the final seven points of the period to lead 30-16 and the first five points of the second quarter for a 19-point lead, 35-18.
ELC struggled to stay within striking distance while holding the hosts to just 10 points in the second period, but trailed 40-27 at halftime.
The Midgets had to work just to stay within the 12-to-13 point deficit range most of the third quarter, but Storm Lake again made a small run to lead 56-38.
Storm Lake opened the final frame with a 6-0 run and some late 3-pointer by ELC wasn't nearly enough.
Swanson finished with 19 points, 16 in the first half, and five rebounds. David Hughes added 10 points and also had five boards.
Derek Nieland, Joe Heinrichs and Evan Hansen each had six points while Milburn had four and Matt Burrell had two.
ELC was 14-for-20 from the free throw line while Storm Lake was 13-for-24.
The Tornadoes out-rebounded the Midgets 31-28.
Ethan Kenkel led Storm Lake with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Aaron Krier had 16 points and Nic Seaman had 14.
ELC (3-4 overall, 1-2 in the Lakes Conference) hosts Cherokee on Friday. The Braves were 0-5 entering Tuesday's game against Spirit Lake.