LAKE PARK - After staying close with Class 1A No. 14 Harris-Lake Park, Estherville Lincoln Central had a stretch in the fourth quarter where everything seemed to fall as the Midgets led 38-37 with 3:47 left in the game.
But the Wolves retook the lead while the Midgets went cold in the final minutes in a 46-38 loss on Tuesday.
ELC coach Tony Klein said his team played much better than they did against Manson Northwest-Webster in the season opener.
"We were able to get into our offense and got some good looks," he said. "We still have some things to work on offensively."
ELC led 7-6 midway through the first period, but trailed 11-7 after one frame.
The Wolves stretched the lead to 11, 24-13 with about 3 minutes left in the first half, but 3-pointers by Carson Gjerde and Ciara Minion in the final 36 seconds cut the deficit to 24-19 at the break.
A low scoring three quarter had ELC still trailing by five, 31-26, to start the final frame.
The Midgets then began hitting shots from everywhere in the final frame. Megan Jensen hit a jumper first finally by a basket from Caitlyn Clayton and a 3-pointer by Gjerde. Hallie Jensen's jumper with 4:40 remaining tied the game at 35-35.
But H-LP's leading scorer Noreen Morrow answered with a layup.
Gjerde followed with another 3-pointer to give ELC a 38-37 edge, but that's when the scoring stopped. Morrow answered with another basket and the Wolves made enough free throws to seal the victory.
Morrow finished with a game-high 20 points to lead the Wolves.
Gjerde led ELC with 17 points.
"I'm proud of Carson and how well she jumped back offensively after the first game," said Klein.
Clayton finished with eight points while Megan Jensen had six, Minion had three and Hallie Jensen and Colleen Humble each had two points.
ELC finished 7-of-10 at the free throw line while the Wolves were 7-of-18.
Forest City 56, ELC 34
FOREST CITY - After a good start, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls couldn't keep pace with a Forest City team that suddenly couldn't seem to miss.
The Indians pulled away from a 9-9 first-quarter tie to take a 29-20 lead at halftime. The Midgets managed just three points in the third quarter as the hosts took a 43-23 lead and cruised to the 56-34 victory.
Forest City used a three-quarter court and half-court pressure to force ELC into several turnovers.
"We hadn't seen that yet this season," said ELC coach Tony Klein.
Caitlyn Clayton led ELC with 15 points while Megan Jensen finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. She also had three steals.
Carson Gjerde finished with five points while Hallie Jensen had two and Colleen Humble had one.
ELC (0-3 overall) will try again for its first win as Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire comes to town tonight for the Midgets' first home game of the season.
ELC hosts Spencer on Tuesday and is at Storm Lake next Friday.