NU prevails in county matchup
North Union just had too much firepower for Estherville Lincoln Central.
The Warriors built a 53-27 lead through three quarters before coach Dr. Merle Tigges put in his bench in for much of the fourth quarter. ELC made plenty of shots in the final frame to make the final score look closer than the game appeared, 62-48.
Morgan White led ELC with 21 points while Josie Condon had 14.
“They have two good players and I thought we did a good job of stopping them in the first three quarters,” said Tigges.
The Warriors had four players in double digits led by Samantha Hagedorn with 16, Breanna Anderson with 15, Chloe Lofstrom with 11 and Hallie Reese with 10.
Both teams struggled to start the game with Condon breaking the ice with a 3-pointer. Breanna Anderson had the hot hand early on as her first trey gave North Union its first lead at 5-3.
After White answered with a trey, Anderson hit another 3-pointer that would give the lead to the visitors for good at 8-6.
The Warriors led 12-8 after one quarter and Condon opened the second quarter with her second 3-pointer of the night. But ELC’s shooting went cold as North Union went on a 16-3 run that included 3-pointers from Hagedorn, Anderson and Alexis Valvick. ELC’s only points came on a 3-pointer from White.
For ELC, Lindsey Jensen chipped in five points, Katherine Johnson had four and Molly Diekmann and Sydney Swanson each had two.
For the Warriors, Valvick had six and Kate Anderson had four.
No. 4? Cherokee blows past ELC
CHEROKEE – Fourth-ranked Cherokee jumped on Estherville Lincoln Central early and never really let up in defeating the Midgets 77-47 on Friday.
The Braves kept constant pressure on the Midgets and worked to keep a fast-paced tempo.
“We wanted to go down swinging and that’s what we did,” said ELC coach Tony Klein. “Our zone defense gave them some problems and we’ll keep that in mind when we play them again.”
The Braves took advantage of turnovers early on and kept a constant fast break on in the first quarter in building a 29-7 lead.
ELC settled down the rest of the night, but the damage had been done. Cherokee led 44-20 at halftime and 63-33 after three quarters.
Morgan White led ELC with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Kamren Hazen and Lindsey Jensen both had seven points while Rylee Miller and Sydney Swanson each had four, Josie Condon had three and Brianne Vermeys and Katherine Johnson each had two.
Jensen finished with 11 rebounds while Swanson had nine and White had eight. White also had four steals and Miller had three.
ELC (2-5 overall) will host Spirit Lake on Tuesday.