HULL - Early foul trouble was part of Estherville Lincoln Central's problem against Western Christian. But the Wolfpack's second and third chances on the boards proved even more difficult to overcome as Western Christian avenged an early season loss with a 54-32 victory over the Midgets on Tuesday. ELC won the first meeting 45-43 in Estherville.
"We just need to clean up the rebounding against these good teams," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "Despite our size, we have to play more physical on the glass on both ends of the court."
ELC had to go to its bench early also. Starting guard Jordyn Stokes picked up two quick fouls in the first couple minutes and guard Kaitlyn Tendal had three fouls by half-time.
Western Christian, ranked eighth in Class 2A, led 15-9 after one quarter and 30-14 at the break.
ELC, ranked 12 in Class 3A, played with the Wolfpack better in the third quarter, but still trailed 43-25 entering the final frame.
"We only had 13 turnovers against their tough press, which wasn't bad," said Martindale. "But we also only had just seven free throw attempts and had a tough time finishing at the rim."
Jaydan Nitchals led ELC with 14 points while Stokes finished with eight. Nitchals and Tendal each had five rebounds.
Abby Postma led the Wolfpack with 18 points and Olivia Granstra had 14. Western Christian had 13 offensive rebounds.
ELC (9-4 overall, 4-2 in the Lakes Conference) returns to action today with a non-conference home game against Emmetsburg.
In junior varsity play, Western Christian defeated ELC 51-32.
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