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ELC storms past Tornadoes

Nitchals scores 25, Tendal 24 for Midgets

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Jan 8, 2021

Class 3A No. 15 Estherville Lincoln Central didn’t miss many shots in the first quarter against a struggling Storm Lake team on Tues-day.The Midgets opened with a 30-point salvo in the first 8 minutes and cruised to a 60-24 victory over the Tor-nadoes.Storm Lake, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2009-10, is off to a 1-8 start this year. The Tornadoes didn’t shoot badly in the opening period either, but ELC juniors Jaydan Nitchals and Kaitlyn Tendal just didn’t miss. Nitchals opened with a pair of 3-pointers and Tendal had a layup and a 3-pointer, as ELC jumped out to an 11-4 lead. The duo kept up the pressure, pushing the lead to 20-6 with about 4 minutes left in the first period and scored all of ELC’s points in the period, as the Midgets led 30-14.The scoring slowed some-what in the second quarter, as ELC coach Don Martin-dale began to send in other players off the bench, but ELC led 49-15 at the break.Tendal scored the first five points of the third period to give ELC a 35-point lead and start a running clock for the rest of the game. ELC led 60-24 to start the final period in which neither team scored.Nitchals scored all 25 of her game-high points in the first half while Tendal finished with 24. Jordyn Stokes had four points while Amara Heinrichs and Gabri-elle Paul each had three, and Maggie White had one.Nitchals also had six steals and four rebounds while Stokes had four steals and three assists. Tendal had three assists and two steals.ELC (8-1 overall, 3-1 in the Lakes Conference) trav-els to Graettinger Thursday to play Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire. The Midgets then travel to the Tyson Events Center Sat-urday morning for a game against currently unbeaten Sioux City East (7-0).The ELC Junior Varsity girls defeated Storm Lake 29-6. Hadley Madsen and Jersie Nitchals each had six points and Tatum Dunlavy had five.

Photos by Amy H. Peterson