ELC comes up with answers to beat Tigers
Trailing 39-38 entering the fourth quarter, Class 3A No. 14 Estherville Lincoln Cen-tral took control in the final period to defeat Spencer 57-51 on Saturday.“This was just another well-played high school game for both teams,” said ELC coach Don Martindale. “Jordyn Stokes took over in the fourth quarter and scored a majority of her points in the second half. Amara Heinrichs also hit a couple big threes during that stretch. We just did an outstanding job of getting to the rim and to the free throw line.”Spencer (7-4 overall, 3-2 in the Lakes Conference) led most of the first three quar-ters after taking an 11-4 lead in the first pe-riod. ELC cut the deficit to two, 22-20, by halftime.Stokes finished with 21 points while shooting 7-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range. She also was 5-of-6 from the free throw line and had three assists and two steals.“Jordyn was just phenomenal in the sec-ond half,” said Martindale. Kaitlyn Tendal chipped in 16 points to go with eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot.Spencer double teamed ELC leading scorer Jaydan Nitchals most of the night. She still finished with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field while making all four of her free throw attempts. She led the team in rebounds with nine and also had an assist, steal and a blocked shot.Heinrichs finished with eight points and three assists while Jasey Anderson had two points, four rebounds and three assists.As a team, ELC was 12-of-16 from the free throw line.ELC (11-2 overall) hosts Western Christian on Tuesday. With a 4-1 Lakes Conference record, the Midgets are second in league play behind Class 3A No. 1 Cherokee. The Braves are 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference.