Early lead, late run propels Tigers to victory
Falling behind 8-0 to Spencer to start Tuesday’s game, Estherville Lincoln Central spent most of the night just trying to erase that deficit.
While the Midgets got within five points at 42-37 late in the third quarter, the Tigers caught fire, scoring the final six points of that period and out-scoring ELC 17-8 in the final frame for a 65-45 victory.
“We came out flat and didn’t play with the energy we needed,” said ELC coach Tony Klein. “We did get it close a couple times, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”
ELC trailed 13-5 after one quarter. A three-point play by Josie Condon and a basket from Lindsey Jensen cut the deficit to three, 13-10. However, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run before Jensen scored again. The Tigers took a 32-21 lead into the lockerroom.
ELC gradually battled their way back in the third quarter. ELC trailed by that eight-point margin, when Jadynn Moore hit a layup and then a 3-pointer as ELC got within five at 42-37.
However trailing 48-37 to start the final frame, Spencer opened with a 13-2 run by hitting a couple 3-pointers to put the game out of reach for the Midgets.
Jensen led ELC with 10 points while Condon had eight, Moore had seven, Rylee Miller had six, Karmen Hazen had five, Morgan White had three and Kendall Evans, Molly Diekmann and Sydney Swanson each had two points. Miller finished with eight rebounds and Jensen had seven.
ELC ends the regular season with a 4-17 overall record and 3-11 in the Lakes Conference. The Midgets open Class 3A Regional play at 7 p.m., Saturday in Algona.
The Bulldogs (17-4) defeated ELC 47-35 in the second game of the season. They are ranked 15th.
The ELC Junior Varsity girls rallied from an early 12-2 deficit to defeat Spencer 46-30. Jadynn Moore led ELC with 10 points and Brittany Andrews and Kendall Evans each had nine.