Class 3A No. 3 Estherville Lincoln Central started Tuesday's games honoring the coaches that had coached the seniors throughout their careers.
The Midgets then showed what they learned with a dominating performance over Storm Lake in a 68-24 victory.
ELC coach Tony Klein said the focus continues to be on defense down the stretch and also giving Macy Dahl more time playing point guard.
ELC’s Sara Heywood (14) flies in for two of her 12 points in the Midgets’ 68-24 victory over Storm Lake on Tuesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The playoffs are just over two weeks away as the brackets came out Monday. The Midgets will host Algona at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Against Storm Lake, the Midgets jumped out to leads of 14-2 and 20-4 while leading 22-8 after one quarter.
ELC forced several turnovers as Sara Heywood, Casey Sievert and Maggie McCauley all scored layups off steals
The Midgets' second quarter was even better as ELC outscored the visitors 26-4 to build a 48-12 halftime advantage. Allie Sievert had 18 of her game-high 22 points in the first 16 minutes.
With a running clock in the second half, ELC led 59-21 after three quarters and held the visitors to just a late 3-pointer in the fourth.
Kirchner finished with 16 points while Heywood had 12. Casey Sievert had eight points, McCauley had six, Macy Dahl had three and Caitlyn Clayton had one.
ELC was 13-of-19 from the free throw line. Heywood had five steals, Kirchner had four and Dahl had three while McCauley had three assists.
Brenna Richter led Storm Lake with 10 points and Cheyann Smith had eight.
ELC (15-2 overall, 9-1 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Cherokee on Friday.