With a senior-dominate lineup, LeMars may have expected to give Class 3A, No. 3 Estherville Lincoln Central a few problems.
But the Midgets caused four turnovers on the Bulldog's first four possessions while scoring on seven of their first nine possessions to build a 16-2 lead.
From there, ELC led 25-5 after one quarter and cruised to a 59-23 victory.
ELC’s Macy Dahl (2) gathers herself for the layup following one of her six steals against LeMars on Friday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"I thought LeMars looked better than they did last year," said ELC coach Tony Klein. "But we came out so well, I think they lost some confidence."
Emily Kirchner was the early workhorse, scoring on six of ELC's first nine points and assisting Allie Sievert on the other basket.
A 3-pointer by Casey Sievert was followed by four straight points by Sara Heywood as ELC led 16-2 with just under 4 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
With ELC leading 20-2 after four more points from Allie Sievert, LeMars scored three straight points from the free throw line. But ELC scored the final five points of the quarter with another basket from Allie and a 3-pointer by Heywood at the buzzer.
The pace slowed in the second quarter with ELC scoring the first six points. LeMars' Carolyn Ahlers scored two straight baskets, but that was their final points of the half as ELC scored the final seven.
The Midgets cruised through the second half with the Midgets leading 50-15 to start the final quarter.
Heywood and Allie Sievert led ELC with 12 points apiece while Kirchner finished with 11, Casey Sievert had eight, Caitlyn Clayton had six, Maggie McCauley had five and Macy Dahl had three.
Kirchner had 10 rebounds while Dahl had six steals and McCauley had four assists.
ELC (9-1 overall, 6-0 in the Lakes Conference) travels to the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City today to face Class 4A No. 1 Bishop Heelan.
The Crusaders beat the Midgets in overtime a year ago and lost three seniors from that squad.
"They shoot a lot of 3-pointers and so we'll have to identify the shooters," said Klein. "They're not big, but they're pressure you all over the court."
ELC will host Jackson County Central on Monday.