ELC challenges Cherokee, but still looking for a victory
The Estherville Lincoln Central girls are still looking for their first win after a pair of losses this week.
ELC stays close to Cherokee, 70-55
On Tuesday, Estherville Lincoln Central was tied with Cherokee 39-39 midway through the third quarter when the visitors suddenly caught fire to take a 56-44 lead to start the final frame.
ELC’s defense kept the Midgets close as they got within seven, 62-55, with just under 2 minutes to play, but turnovers by the Midgets and layups by the visitors allowed the Braves to persevere.
The first half was close throughout. ELC trailed 15-12 after one quarter, but matched the visitors shot for shot through most of the second quarter, taking a 25-23 lead on a basket by Megan Jensen.
Cherokee answered with two quick baskets to retake the lead at 27-26 with Carson Gjerde’s basket with 1:39 left in the half giving ELC back a 28-27 advantage.
The visitors again responded quickly and a three-point play by Cherokees’ Kaely Hummel gave the visitors a 36-30 lead at the break.
ELC opened the third quarter with a three-point play by Caitlyn Clayton. After two free throws by Molly Diekmann kept ELC within three, Jensen scored twice to tie the game at 39-39.
Jensen and Clayton both finished with 14 points while Gjerde had 12, Diekmann had six and Colleen Humble had five.
ELC shot well from the free throw line, making 23-of-28.
The Midgets (0-8 overall, 0-3 in the Lakes) travel to Spirit Lake on Saturday. The girls will play after the varsity boys’ game at around 6 p.m.
North Union wins county matchup, 51-24
Estherville Lincoln Central’s offense never really got going against North Union on Monday as the Warriors won 51-24 on Monday.
North Union led 13-5 after one quarter and exploded for 21 points in the second to take a 34-12 at halftime. ELC managed just a free throw in the third quarter as the Warriors stretched the lead to 44-13.
Aurora Oliver led North Union with 13 points while Sara Rolling finished with 10 points and three steals. Alexis Valvick had six points, Peyton Oleson and Madison Bolig each had five, Dena Looft and Erica Anderson each had four and Madison Irmiter and Hanna Gardner each had two points.
The Warriors were 8-of-10 from the free throw line while ELC was 6-of-14.
Caitlyn Clayton led the Midgets with 12 points, Megan Jensen had five, Carson Gjerde had three and Colleen Humble and Bailey Frederickson each had two points.
GTRA defeats WBM for second time
RUTVHEN – Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire swept the seasons series with West Bend-Mallard with a 54-41 victory on Thursday.
The Titans led 11-6 after one quarter and 32-20 at halftime. A low-scoring third-quarter still had GTRA leading 36-27 to start the final frame.
Lauren Flaharty led GTRA with 18 points on 7-of 15 shooting from the field. She also had three steals.
Brooke Hoffman shot 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line on the way to a 15 point night along with four assists and three steals.
Marly Bakken also reached double digits with 10 points and she also had eight rebounds, six steals and three assists.
Grace Skattebo had four points, Emily Moran had three, Alex Oleson and Katie Olesen each had two and Morgan McGrauth had one.
GTRA (4-3 overall) begins 2014 on the road against St. Mary’s of Storm Lake on Monday, Jan. 6 followed by a second road game at Lake Park on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
North Union wins in low-scoring game
ARMSTRONG – Sarah Rolling scored 13 points as North Union defeated Clay Central-Everly 36-29 on Tuesday.
The Mavericks committed 28 turnovers in the loss. North Union jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter, but scored just two points in the second quarter while maintaining a 17-10 half-time lead. CCE rallied to tie the game in the third quarter, but the warriors bounced back to lead 23-17 by the end of the third quarter.
North Union did nearly half of its scoring from the free throw line where they were 15-of 25. Madison Irmiter contributed five points, four steals and three assists, Aurora Oliver had five rebounds and six steals and Alexis Valvick had five points.
Crusaders cruise past Spirit Lake
SPIRIT LAKE – Class 4A No. 3 Bishop Heelan defeated Class 3A No. 15 Spirit Lake 78-48 last Saturday.
The Crusaders had three players in double digits. They led 24-19 after one quarter, 36-33 at halftime and then pulled away with a 26-7 third quarter to lead 62-40 to start the final frame.
Emma Dau led Spirit Lake with 15 points. Carly Ites chipped in nine points while Bailey Loveall had seven, Joie Veldman had five, Mackenzie Thate and Jessie Kabele each had four and Katy Brevik and Bailee Newman each had two points.
No. 1 Wolfpack too much for Indians
SPIRIT LAKE – Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian’s up-tempo game was too much for Class 3A No. 15 Spirit Lake as the Indians lost 67-32 on Tuesday.
Western Christian jumped out to a 22-10 advantage in the first quarter. The Indians played better in the second quarter, but trailed 37-21 at the break. The Wolfpack pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Indians 20-2 in the period.
Dau led Spirit Lake with seven points while Bailey Loveall had six. Bailee Newman and Joie Veldman each had five points.