It wasn't quite the game fans were expecting as Class 3A No. 3 Estherville Lincoln Central hosted No. 6 Spirit Lake on Friday.
But with the Indians' top scorer, KJ Veldman, on the bench with a shoulder injury, the Midgets had a much easier time in a 70-36 victory.
ELC jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game with two baskets by Allie Sievert, a 3-pointer by Casey Sievert and a basket by Emily Kirchner.
Spirit Lake was chasing Sara Heywood (14) and Class 3A No.3 Estherville Lincoln Central all night in the team’s first meeting of the 2012-13 season.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Alisa Christoffer finally put the Indians on the board and Emma Dau later hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to six, 11-5.
But ELC ended the period with a 7-2 run with four points from Sara Heywood and a 3-point play by Allie Sievert to lead 18-7.
The Indians stayed within that margin, but still trailed by 12, 32-20, after two free throws by Christoffer. But a basket by Casey Sievert at the buzzer gave the Midgets a 34-20 edge at the break.
In the third quarter, ELC led 42-25 before finishing the period with a 10-2 run, which included a 3-pointer by Macy Dahl and a putback by Maggie McCauley as ELC led 55-27 to start the final frame.
When ELC coach Tony Klein pulled most of the starters with 4 minutes left in the game, ELC led 65-31.
Allie Sievert led three Midgets in double digits with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Emily Kirchner finished with 14 and 11 rebounds while Casey Sievert had 12 points
Heywood chipped in eight points while Macy Dahl had seven, McCauley had five and Caitlyn Clayton had two. Heywood finished with six assists and four steals while Casey Sievert had four assists and two steals. Dahl also had four steals.
Christoffer led the Indians with 11 points while Dau had eight and Joie Veldman had five. Bailey Loveall had four points and Bailee Newman, Kendra Stokke and Mackenzie Thate each had two points.
ELC (8-1 overall, 5-0 in the Lakes Conference) hosts LeMars on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
Spirit Lake (6-3 overall, 3-2 in the conference) is at Emmetsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 8.