LEMARS - After Estherville Lincoln Central's Allie Sievert made the first basket of the game; LeMars' Mary Kate Eckstaine hit a 3-pointer to give her team the lead.
That was the highlight of the night for the Bulldogs as ELC finished the quarter on a 16-0 run. Eckstaine scored the only points of the second quarter also as she hit a second trey.
ELC's defense was stifling in building a 39-6 halftime lead and cruising to a 56-15 victory.
ELC point guard Sara Heywood finished with 10 points against LeMars on Friday. ELC ends the regular season at home against Western Christian on Tuesday.
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"We've been working on defense a lot on that the last couple weeks," said ELC point guard Sara Heywood. "I'm happy with what we did on both ends of the floor tonight."
Casey Sievert had the hot hand for the Midgets in the first half as she scored all 14 of her points in the period, which included four 3-pointers.
When Heywood hit the first basket of the second half, the Midgets had a 35-point lead, which began the running clock.
The Bulldogs managed three-pointers in the third quarter, but ELC stretched the lead to 56-15.
The fourth quarter went quickly with LeMars scoring the final seven points.
Emily Kirchner finished with 11 points while Heywood had 10, Allie Sievert had nine, Maggie McCauley had eight and Macy Dahl and Caitlyn Clayton each had two.
ELC was 7-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with 27 rebounds led by Allie Sievert with seven.
LeMars had 18 turnovers in the first half and finished with 27 for the game. Of their 22 points, 18 came from 3-point range as the Bulldogs struggled to get inside against the ELC defense.
ELC (18-2 overall, 12-1 in the Lakes Conference), ranked third in Class 3A the entire season, will end the regular season against Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian at home on Tuesday.
Western Christian enters with a 19-1 record with one loss to Bishop Heelan, 70-68, last Saturday.