Indians run away from Midgets in second half
SPIRIT LAKE — Estherville Lincoln Central’s eight-point lead early in the second quarter didn’t last long against rival Spirit Lake.
With the Midgets leading 18-10, the Indians ended the first half on a 13-1 run to take a four-point lead.
ELC suddenly had trouble protecting the ball in the second half.
After just six turnovers in the first half, the Midgets committed 15 in the second which led to easy baskets for Spirit Lake. The Indians opened a 42-27 lead to start the fourth quarter and ELC never recovered in the 63-36 loss.
Tyler Solsma led Spirit Lake with a game-high 22 points and seven rebounds.
The Midgets started the game well with Marcus Stangl scoring the first six points for a 6-2 Midget lead.
The Indians rallied with a 3-pointer by Boomer Dreeszen and took the lead on a basket by Andy Pringnitz with a Stangl free throw tying the game at 7-7.
Solsma and ELC’s Keith Fandel traded 3-pointers to end the first quarter knotted at 10-10.
ELC opened the second quarter with a Matt Gruhlke free throw. Kyle Grems rebounded the miss and put it back, but an inadvertent buzzer from the scoreboard gave ELC the ball out of bounds. The Midgets found Grems inside though who was fouled on a layup and he converted the 3-point play. Fandel followed with a basket and two free throws as ELC suddenly led 18-10.
The rest of the game was all Spirit Lake. Solsma knocked down another 3-pointer, Scott Maudlin converted a 3-point play and Solsma knocked down another 3-pointer as the Indians led 23-19 at the break.
ELC got within three points twice before the Indians suddenly seemed to score at will with Pringnitz, Maudlin and Solsma all converting on easy opportunities.
Pringnitz and Maudlin each ended the game with 10 points while Dreeszen had eight points.
Stangl led the Midgets with 11 points with Matt Gruhlke tossing in eight, Fandel seven and Kyle Grems five points.
ELC out-rebounded Spirit Lake 29-27 led by Collin Klingbeil, but had 21 turnovers compared to just eight by Spirit Lake.
ELC (1-4, 0-3) hosts Lake Mills on Thursday.
Spirit Lake (4-2, 2-2) hosts travels to Hull on Friday.