No. 10 Midgets keep on rolling
ELC holds off Emmetsburg, dominates Okoboji
The Estherville Lincoln Central girls jumped four
spots in the Class 3A rankings to No. 10 on Thursday,
and then immediately had a challenge from long-time
rival Emmetsburg that night.
The Midgets held on for a 39-35 victory and then took
care of Okoboji 55-33 on Saturday afternoon.
In Thursday’s win, Jaydan Nitchals scored all 11-first
quarter points for the Midgets and the E’hawks managed
just two free throws in the final minute, as ELC
led 11-2. ELC stretched its lead to 26-13 by halftime,
but the shots wouldn’t fall in the second half. Emmetsburg could never quite take
the lead though. Both teams missed free throws down the
stretch. Nitchals led ELC with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from
3-point range. Kaitlyn Tendal tossed in 14 points, Jordyn Stokes had five, and
Amara Heinrichs had two.
Stokes had four assists and Tendal had five rebounds.
Abbie Schany led Emmetsburg with 13 points.
ELC led Saturday’s game from start to finish as well,
leading 14-4 after one quarter, 30-11, at halftime, and
40-21 after three quarters.
Nitchals again led the Midgets with 16 points
while shooting 6-of-9 from the field. Tendal and Stokes
each finished with 13 points with Stokes going 7-of-8
from the free throw line. Amara Heinrichs had five
points and five assists while Jasey Anderson and Gabby
Paul each had four points. Anderson also had three assists.
ELC (14-2 overall, 5-1 in the Lakes Conference) takes
on Class 3A No. 1 Cherokee (14-0) on Tuesday in Cherokee.
In junior varsity play, ELC defeated Emmetsburg
29-22 on Thursday. Jersie Nitchals led ELC with 11
points and Piper Quastad had eight.
ELC defeated Okoboji 35-26 on Saturday. Hadley
Madsen led ELC with nine points and Quastad had