Midgets stave off Rebel rally for first victory
Up by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter, Estherville Lincoln Central withstood a furious rally by visiting Sioux Central to win 50-44 in the home opener on Tuesday.
ELC first-year coach Don Martindale had compliments for his team’s defensive effort.
“For 32 minutes, this is the best defense we’ve played-between the scrimmages and our first game with Algona-against an improved Sioux Central team,” Martindale said. “Our free throw shooting was good throughout (22-of-27 for the night) and our kids did a good job of getting to the basket-we just need to finish better.”
ELC led from start to finish on the night, but could never totally put the Rebels away.
The Midgets scored six of their 13 points in the first quarter from the charity stripe on the way to a 13-5 lead.
Both teams struggled to score in the second quarter with ELC holding a 19-12 lead at halftime.
Sioux Central cut the deficit to four points early in the third quarter, but than got stuck on 18 points while ELC went on an 12-0 run capped by Trey Jacobson second 3-pointer of the night for their biggest advantage at 32-18. A late 3-pointer by the Rebels had them trailing 32-21 to start the final period.
Trevor Friesner, who finished with a game-high 21 points, scored ELC’s first six points of the final period and ELC still led by 12, 42-30 after two free throws by Brian Egeland.
Meanwhile shots started falling for the Rebels and a 3-pointer cut the deficit to seven at 42-35 with about a minute and a half remaining in the game.
But ELC was perfect from the free throw line down the stretch through a Rebel 3-pointer cut the lead to four, 48-44, with 5.7 seconds on the clock.
Friesner scored the final points of the night with two free throws as Sioux Central ran out of time.
Jacobson and Jacob Heinrichs both finished with eight points while Jacob Bosch had five and Jayson Moeller and Egeland each had four.
“I’m really happy for the kids-they played with a good overall effort and didn’t force too much,” said Martindale.
ELC was just 13-of-41 from the field including 2-of-11 from 3-point range, but were 22-of-27 from the free throw line.
Friesner and Egeland each had five rebounds while Jacobson had five steals and Heinrichs had three assists.
ELC (1-1 overall) travels to Terril to face Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Friday.
Shooting woes plague ELC against Algona
On Monday, ELC opened the 2016-17 season with a 66-34 loss to Algona.
“The speed of the game caught up with us and their kids made us work,” said ELC coach Don Martindale. What got us in trouble is we settled for the three. We also had trouble shooting free throws. Several of them were missing the front of a one-an-d-one.
ELC trailed 16-7 after one quarter and 19-11 at halftime. The third quarter was ELC’s best, but the Midgets were still out-scored 16-15 as the Bulldogs led 35-26 heading into the final frame.
“We need to make the easy play,” said Martindale. “Defensively, I thought we played well in the first half, but when you can’t make shots, that makes it tough.”
Trevor Friesner and Brian Egeland led ELC with eight points apiece while Jacob Heinrichs had seven, Jacob Bosch had six, Trey Jacobson had three and Jayson Moeller had two.
ELC shot 36 percent (14-of-39) from the field, including 1-of-12 from three-point range. The Midgets were 5-of-16 from the free throw line.