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Midgets keep on winning

ELC hands first loss to Sioux City East

By Staff | Jan 11, 2021

GRAETTINGER, SIOUX CITY — Class 3A No. 14 Estherville Lincoln Central remains undefeated during the 2021 portion of the season after wins over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (58-20) on Thursday, and Sioux City East (55-49) on Saturday.In Thursday’s win, ELC’s Jasey Anderson converted a three-point play to start the game, which sparked a 7-0 run. ELC turned that into a 22-8 first-quarter lead, led 41-14 at halftime, and 46-17 after three quarters.The Midgets turned defense into offense with 20 steals while forcing 28 Titan turnovers.Amara Heinrichs stepped up with 15 points and six steals to lead ELC. Jaydan Nitchals chipped in 13 points and had five re-bounds, while Kaitlyn Tendal, and Jordan Stokes each had 10 points, three steals and two assists. Anderson finished with five points and three assists. Abby Sander had three points and Maggie White had two points and a team-high seven rebounds.Adri Krieger led GT/RA with six points, Madison Fay had four, Ally Hanson had three, Kate Sorenson and McKenzie Hoffman each had two, and Mercedes DePyper and Sierra Kluever each had one point.Saturday’s game proved a challenge against previously unbeaten Sioux City East (7-1).The two teams were tied 16-16 after one quarter, but ELC took a 27-22 lead at halftime and led 44-30 en-tering the final frame when the host Raiders attempted to make a run.Tendal led ELC with 20 points and six rebounds while Stokes finished with 12 points. Nitchals had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Heinrichs chipped in 10 points, and Sander had two.ELC (10-1 overall) is on the road Tuesday against Class 2A No. 11 Central Lyon. The Midgets return home Thursday to play Class 1A No. 2 Newell-Fon-da. The Mustangs are the de

fending 1A state champions.In junior varsity action, ELC defeated GT/RA 31-12. Piper Quastad and Brei Christoffer each had five points to lead ELC while Hadley Madsen, Emily Regelstad, Audree Reinhardt, and Tatum Dunlavy each had four and Jersie Nitchals had two. Against Sioux City East on Saturday, the ELC JV lost 47-45.