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ELC 58, Emmetsburg 21 – Midgettes put on the pressure

By Staff | Dec 7, 2007

EMMETSBURG — The last time the Estherville Lincoln Central girls basketball team played at Emmetsburg, the Midgettes needed a last second shot by Melanie Bandow to pull out a win.

No such heroics were needed Friday.

ELC jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held Emmetsburg to an average 10 1/2 points per half on the way to a 58-21 victory.

“It all starts with defense,” said ELC assistant coach Jenny Nitchals.

The Midgettes put on full-court pressure for nearly the full 32 minutes which rattled a young E’Hawk team with only one senior.

Christa Clayton, who scored a game-high 14 points, scored six of them in the 10-0 run.

Emmetsburg didn’t score until 1:35 left in the first quarter.

A 3-pointer by Bandow and putback by Maggie Asman gave ELC a 15-4 lead after one quarter.

The Midgettes led 20-6 when the E’Hawks made two baskets in a row to cut the lead to 10.

However, ELC ended the half on an 8-0 run with Emily Jensen scoring the final four points and giving the Midgettes a 28-10 lead.

The Midgettes didn't let up in the second half.

ELC spread out the scoring between Clayton, Bandow, Landra Lapka and Taylor Larson and led 49-17 to start the final frame.

Emmetsburg never made a run in the fourth quarter and didn’t score until 1:20 left in the game.

Two other players besides Clayton reached double digits. Jensen had 13 and Larson had 11.

ELC (5-2, 3-1) hosts LeMars on Tuesday.



ELC 58, Emmetsburg 21

Estherville Lincoln Central (58) – Landra Lapka 3 3-4 9; Melanie Bandow 2 0-1 5; Taylar Jacobson 2 0-1 5; Emily Jensen 5 3-6 13; Alex Olesen 1 0-0 2; Kelsie McCauley 0 0-0 0; Taylor Larson 2 6-8 11; Christa Clayton 6 2-2 14; Maggie Asman 1 0-0 2; Kassie Heckard 0 0-0 0.

Halftime score — ELC 28, Emmetsburg 10. 3-pointers – 2 (Larson, Bandwo). Rebounds – n/a. Assists – n/a. Steals – n/a. Blocked Shots – n/a Turnovers – n/a. Total Fouls – 18. Fouled Out – none. Technical Fouls – none.