LeMars 62, ELC 49 Midgets challenge LeMars , but big ‘Dogs just too much
Playing LeMars just eight days after their first meeting, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls played better on the home floor. Trailing by just two, 40-38, entering the final frame, the Midgets just couldn’t keep up as LeMars pulled away for a 62-49 victory.
“I’m very happy with how we defended in the first half,” said ELC coach Tony Klein. “We just had a stretch in the second half where we couldn’t get the shots to fall.”
ELC started well with 3-pointers by Karmen Hazen and Morgan White giving the Midgets a 9-8 lead 4 minutes into the game. However, the Bulldogs outscored ELC 8-2 over the second 4 minutes to lead 16-11 after one quarter.
ELC matched LeMars shot for shot most of the second quarter with a pair of baskets by Molly Diekmann and Lindsey Jensen brining ELC within one, 30-29, at the break. ELC had balanced scoring with six players with at least four points.
For the game, White led ELC with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Josie Condon chipped 11 points with four assists. Hazen finished with eight points and Lindsey Jensen finished with five points and six rebounds. Rylee Miller and Diekmann each had four points while Sydney Swanson finished with seven rebounds. White also had four of ELC’s five steals.
ELC (4-13 overall, 3-7 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Spirit Lake tonight for a game postponed by the weather. The Indians will look to avenge a Dec. 13, 2016, loss to the Midgets. ELC is home against Class 2A No. 5 Western Christian on Tuesday.