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ELC unable to keep pace with Wolfpack

By Staff | Feb 7, 2018

The Estherville Lincoln Central girls gave Class 2A No. 4 Western Christian everything the Wolfpack could handle early on.

Josie Condon and Brianne Vermeys were both knocking down 3-pointers in the first quarter with each hitting two in the opening frame, as the Midgets trailed by four, 18-14, after 8 minutes of play.

ELC still trailed by just one, 20-19, with 6:30 left in the half after Condon’s third trey of the night.

However Vermeys, who was hounding University of Nebraska recruit Ashtyn VerBeek through the opening minutes, picked up her third foul a minute later, the Wolfpack charged ahead with a 17-3 run to take a 37-22 lead at the break. ELC’s offense never got going again, as the Wolfpack held the Midgets to just three points in the second half on the way to a 69-25 victory.

“I love our effort from start to finish and how aggressive we were,” said ELC coach Don Martin. “The bench supported everyone throughout and the team is growing up.”

ELC has struggled with injuries this season with both starters and bench players, and was without the services of leading scorer Morgan White.

Condon led ELC with 17 points and Vermeys had eight.

VerBeek matched ELC’s point total with 25 points.

ELC (1-17 overall, 0-11 in the Lakes Conference) will travel to LeMars on Thursday to make up a game originally scheduled for Jan. 22. ELC is home on Friday against Spencer.