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ELC shows improvement in loss

By Staff | Feb 7, 2014

ELC’s Hallie Jensen drives baseline against Western Christian in Friday’s loss to the top-ranked team in Class 2A.To see more photos, go to cu.esthervillenews.net. Photo by David Swartz

When you know you’re overmatched, you take your little victories where you can.

Estherville Lincoln Central hosted Class 2A top-ranked Western Christian on Friday.

While the score was similar to the first time around, ELC coach Tony Klein said his team’s play was much improved.

The Midgets lost 77-25 in the first meeting and 76-31 on Friday.

“The score may be close to the same, but they had to work a lot harder,” said Klein.

In the first meeting, Klein said Western Christian took off its full-court pressure after the first quarter in building a 34-4 lead. This time ELC trailed 23-9 after one quarter and the full-court pressure remained longer.

But Western Christian still kept going as they led 43-16 at halftime.

The third quarter was highlighted by a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Caitlyn Clayton.

She finished with 16 points to lead the Midgets.

Colleen Humble finished with six points.

Carson Gjerde added four points and was still fighting for loose balls late in the fourth quarter, diving on the floor to force a jump ball at one point.

Emily Behrends hit a 3-pointer for ELC’s last points of the night. Megan Jensen finished with two points.

Jamie Gesink led Western Christian with 22 points while Abby Wolterstorff had 14.

Western Christian finished with eight 3-pointers compared to three by ELC. The Wolfpack went 12-of-18 from the free-throw line while ELC was 2-of-6.

ELC (1-18 overall) ends the regular season at home against Emmetsburg on Tuesday. The Midgets open Class 3A tournament play at Spirit Lake next Saturday.