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Tornadoes whip up storm in second half to beat ELC

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Jan 8, 2021

Up 10 points early in the third quarter, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys were well positioned to start 2021 on the right note against Storm Lake on Tuesday.However, the Midgets suddenly couldn’t buy a basket as the Tornadoes heated up. Storm Lake rallied to take a one point lead to start the final period, 32-31. ELC briefly retook the lead early in the fourth on a put-back by Matt Christensen, 34-32, but the visitors scored the next 10 points and hung on for the 53-45 victory.ELC started well taking a 12-8 lead in the first quarter after Ryan Schiltz scored the last four points of the period. ELC led by just two, 18-16 late in the second quarter when Will Larson connected on a 3-pointer to give ELC a 21-16 advantage at the break.Adiran Vaughn scored the first basket of the third period followed by a Larson 3-pointer, as ELC led 26-16. Two free throws by Larson kept ELC at a 10-point lead. That’s when Storm Lake began its ral-ly and ELC managed just three free throws by Schiltz to end the third period.Will Larson led ELC with 15 points while Vaughn finished with 11, Schiltz had 10, Christensen had five points and 10 re-bounds and Owen Larson had four points. Owen Larson had five assists and three steals while Schiltz had six steals.ELC falls to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the Lakes Conference. The Midgets end the week with a pair of non-conference games. ELC travels to Graettinger to face Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Thurs-day. The Midgets then travel to the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City to face South Sioux City Saturday morning.The ELC Junior Varsity Reserve Boys Team lost 36-32 to Storm Lake on Tues-day. Aaron Armstrong led ELC with eight points, Jordan Jensen had seven, Jacob Knudson had six, Luke Heinrichs had five, and Carson Grange and Cael Miller each had three.The ELC Junior Varsity boys lost 48-33 to Storm Lake. Jack Jensen led ELC with 11 points.

Photos by Amy H. Peterson