Spirit Lake too much for ELC
The Estherville Lincoln Central boys basketball team hung around for a little over a quarter, but Spirit Lake had too much firepower.
The Indians went on a 14-0 run to end the second quarter to lead 30-15 at the break and went on to win 59-30 on Monday.
The Midgettes started well with a Collin Klingbeil 3-pointer giving ELC an early 5-4 lead.
Spirit Lake’s Mason Bergquist and ELC’s Caleb Caboth traded baskets before a three-point play by Kyle Grems gave ELC a 10-6 lead with 2:52 remaining.
The Indians’ Andy Pringnitz scored the final two baskets of the quarter to tie the game at 10-10.
In the second quarter, Boomer Dreeszen gave the Indians the lead for good on a baseline jumper.
Dustin Lowe knocked down two free throws and ELC’s Caboth answered with a three-pointer to bring ELC back within one at 14-13.
After a basket by Spirit Lake’s Joel Hegeman, ELC’s Dylan Sievert drove down the middle of the lane for an easy two points as the Indians led 16-15.
ELC didn’t score again while Pringnitz, Scott Maudlin, Tyler Solsma and Dreeszen all contributed to the 14-0 run.
The Midgets were unable to make a run in the second half as the Indians led 41-23 after three quarters.
Caboth led ELC with 10 points while Kyle Grems had nine, Sievert six, Klingbeil three and Scott Schmidt two.
The Indians were led by Pringnitz with 15 points and nine rebounds. Bergquist had 12 points. Solsma nine, Dreeszen eight, Maulin five, Hegeman and Lowe four and TJ Johnson two.
ELC (2-15, 0-12) travels to Hull to play Western Christian today.
Spirit Lake (14-5, 9-5) hosts Storm Lake.
In junior varsity play, ELC (9-7) beat Spirit Lake 37-32.
ELC led 10-4 after one quarter and 21-10 at halftime and 28-20 after three quarters.
Spencer Johnson led ELC with 12 points while Alex Arends had nine, Jeremy Hunt and Justin Doyle each had five and Jacob Perkins, Jake Lange and Cody Prather each had two.