SPIRIT LAKE - Reaching milestones is normally best at home-but when that isn't possible, the next closest school will have to do.
Two Estherville Lincoln Central players reached milestones in the Midgets' 51-36 win over Spirit Lake on Tuesday.
Emily Kirchner became the second player this season to reach 1,000 career points and Allie Sievert, who reached that milestone back on Dec. 14, took over as the school's five-player career scoring leader.
It wasn’t this play, by ELC’s Emily Kirchner did score her 1,000th point at Spirit Lake on Tuesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Kirchner needed just 10 points against the Indians to achieve the milestone. Her 999th and 1,000 points came in the third quarter as she posted up Spirit Lake's Emma Dau on the left side of the lane, turned and shot over the defender.
ELC coach Tony Klein immediately called a time out and the Spirit Lake announcer proclaimed the milestone.
"It was really special and nice of Spirit Lake to announce it," said Kirchner. "It was a fund experience and a nice milestone to experience with my teammates."
Sievert needed nine points to tie the school record of 1,158 points held by Christa Clayton. She tied the mark with around 3:30 left to go in the first half, giving ELC an 18-13 lead. She then scored on the Midgets' next possession to take sole possession of the record.
"It was another milestone and I'm happy I got it," Sievert said. "It makes the season more special."
Early on, it was briefly questionable whether it'd be a good night for the Midgets at all as Spirit Lake's KJ Veldman scored six of her team's first eight points for an 8-2 lead. Veldman didn't play in the teams' first meeting on Dec. 21 as she was out with an injury. The Midgets won the first meeting 70-36.
But ELC ended the quarter with a 9-0 run which included two free throws by Kirchner and five straight points by Sievert as ELC led 11-8.
Although the Indians' Alissa Christoffer scored to start the second quarter to cut the deficit to one, ELC's Casey Sievert responded with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 14-10.
ELC kept a five-to-seven lead late in the quarter and had a 24-17 advantage of the break. The Indians remained one dimensional offensively as Veldman had 13 of the team's 17 points as her teammates struggled.
ELC slowly pushed its advantage and Kirchner's milestone came in the midst of a 9-0 run. It started with a three by Maggie McCauley and then Kirchner hit her basket to reach 1,000 points. Kirchner came up with a steal on the defensive end and passed ahead to McCauley for a layup and a basket by Casey Sievert gave ELC its biggest lead at 41-23.
Spirit Lake never got closer than 12 points in the final frame.
Allie Sievert finished with 19 points while Kirchner had 13, Casey Sievert had 10, McCauley had seven and Sara Heywood had two ELC was 10-of-12 from the free throw line.
Veldman had 27 points including 8-of-9 from the free throw line and the Indians' only 3-pointer. Dau had three while Christoffer, Joie Veldman and Bailey Loveall each had two points.
ELC (17-2 overall, 11-1 in the Lakes Conference) travels to LeMars on Friday.
Spirit Lake (11-7 overall, 7-5 in the conference) is at Emmetsburg on Friday.