Spirit Lake 59, ELC 46 ELC is Indians’ latest victim
With Spirit Lake coming off its first-ever win over Western Christian, Estherville Lincoln Central might have been looking for the Indians to have a letdown.
No such luck.
The Indians jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never trailed on the way to a 69-46 victory over the Midgets. Spirit Lake is led this season by 6-9 sophomore Owen Coburn, who is averaging 22.2 points per game and had 30 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Wolfpack last Friday.
“Our zone defense, we tried to take Coburn away and make Spirit Lake beat us from outside,” said ELC coach Don Martindale. “But they made too high of a percentage of threes. Give credit to them for hitting them.”
ELC was without starting point guard Jacob Heinrichs, who suffered a foot injury against Cherokee last Friday.
Jayson Moeller got the start, but two early fouls and Lucas Gardner came in off the bench. Gardner scored the first seven points for the Midgets on a pair of shots in the lane and a 3-pointer to pull ELC within four, 11-7, with 2:37 left in the first quarter.
However, Spirit Lake came back with five quick points and held a 16-10 advantage after one quarter.
Coburn, who was guarding ELC’s Brian Egeland in the Indian’s man-to-man defense, let Egeland shoot from long range early in the second quarter. While Egeland knocked down two shots from long range, the Indians kept increasing their lead throughout the period and held a 37-20 advantage at halftime. The visitors had five 3-pointers to just three by ELC at that point.
Spirit Lake continued to build its lead throughout the third quarter, taking a 54-31 advantage into the final frame. With the Indians up comfortably by 25, both teams emptied their benches for the final 2 minutes of the game.
Martindale said his squad gave good effort throughout the night.
“We stayed the course and this was another learning experience for us,” he said.
Trevor Friesner led ELC with 11 points while Egeland finished with nine, Gardner had seven, Trey Jacobson had six, Bennett Loock had four, Jacob Bosch had three and Seth Vaske, Noah Heifner and Jayson Moeller each had two points. Both teams finished the night with six 3-pointers.
Coburn finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Van Dyke chipped in 16 points.
ELC (3-4 overall, 0-3 in the Lakes Conference) goes on the road against Le Mars (3-2, 2-1) on Friday.