STORM LAKE - Estherville Lincoln Central was looking for its first win of the season. Storm Lake was seeking its first win of the season and its first win in 70 games.
The Tornadoes put together a 9-0 run in the final quarter to end their streak with a 38-37 victory over the Midgets on Friday.
Caitlyn Clayton hit the first basket of the night, but ELC wouldn't lead again until the third quarter as the Midgets struggled to make shots. ELC trailed 10-6 after one quarter and 23-13 at halftime, before taking a 28-27 lead to start the final frame.
ELC led 32-29 when Storm Lake hit a 3-pointer to tie the game that started the 9-0 run for a 38-32 advantage. ELC couldn't quite get over the hump.
Megan Jensen and Clayton each finished with 13 points while Carson Gjerde and Rylee Miller each had four and Hallie Jensen had three. ELC was 3-of-10 from the free throw line while Storm Lake was 7-of-11.
Madison Gaffney led the Tornadoes with 12 points.
The ELC Junior Varsity picked up its second win of the season with a 40-21 victory over Storm Lake. Cydnie Anderson led the Midgets with 10 points, Allie Andrew s had seven, Hallie Jensen had six, Emily Behrends and Colleen Humble each had five, Gracie Schnell had four, Brisiede Segura had two and Olivia Truog had one. The ELC JV's first win came against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, 25-22, last Saturday. Bailey Frederickson led ELC with eight points.
Midgets' offense struggling in 2013-14
Estherville Lincoln Central's defense played better against Spencer on Tuesday. The Midgets' offense still needs work as the Tigers won 41-24.
"I thought are half-court defense was awesome," said ELC coach Tony Klein. "Most of their baskets came in transition or off our turnovers."
ELC trailed 9-6 after one quarter, 17-12 at halftime before Spencer pulled away in the third quarter for a 30-16 lead to start the final frame.
While the offense struggled, Klein did see some improvement.
"I was happy that we looked like a basketball team, doing basketball things," he said.
Caitlyn Clayton led ELC with eight points while Megan Jensen and Bailey Fredericksen each had five points. Rylee Miller chipped in three points while Molly Diekmann had two and Carson Gjerde had one.
ELC finished 12-of-24 from the free throw line while Spencer was 5-of-10. Heather Williamson led Spencer with 11 points.
Titans come out on top
over Midgets, 49-32
Playing without one of its three top scorers on Saturday, Estherville Lincoln Central couldn't overcome a slow start against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire as the Titans won 49-32.
The visitors jumped out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter and led 29-16 at halftime.
Caitlin Clayton was the player missing from the lineup.
Carson Gjerde led ELC with 13 points and four steals. Megan Jensen finished with seven points and a team-high nine rebounds. Rylee Miller had five points, Molly Diekmann had three and Coleen Humble and Bailey Frederickson each had two points.
Marly Bakken led GTRA with 13 points and six rebounds. Grace Skattebo finished with 11 points while Lauren Flaharty had seven, Morgan McGrauth had six, Katie Olesen, Brooke Hoffman and Alex Oleson each had four points.
GTRA girls defeat
River Valley, 48-30
GRAETTINGER - Brooke Hoffman and Grace Skattebo each scored 12 points in helping Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire win easily over River Valley, 48-30, on Friday.
"The girls played really well defensively tonight, especially in the second half," said GTRA coach Todd Hough. "We also took care of the ball better in the second half giving ourselves some more opportunities on the offensive end."
The Titans jumped out to a 17-11 lead in the first quarter and led 31-17 at halftime. They stretched the advantage to 42-21 after three quarters.
Katie Olesen and Morgan McGrauth each finished with six points. McGrauth also had six assists and five steals.
Marly Bakken had four points while Emily Moran and Lauren Flaharty each had three and Alex Oleson had two. Oleson also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Hoffman and Skattebo each had three steals.
Slow start and finish doom Titans, 50-41
RUTHVEN - A slow start didn't help Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, who eventually lost to St. Mary's of Storm Lake 50-41 on Tuesday.
The Titans scored just two points in the first period as they trailed 13-2 after one quarter of play.
"Tonight we got off to a slow start, then we played pretty well, but we ended slow as well," said GTRA coach Todd Hough. "After only scoring 2 points in the first quarter the girls did a nice job of battling back. Our defense played pretty well most of the night."
The Titans scored 23 points in the second period to trail by just one, 26-25, at the break. They then tied the game by the start of the fourth quarter at 34-34.
"When the game was tight at the end we were not able to execute well enough on offense to come away with a win," said Hough.
Marly Bakken led GTRA with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Grace Skattebo had six points while Emily Moran and Lauren Flaharty each pulled down three rebounds. Moran also had two assists.