NEWELL - Estherville Lincoln Central posted its second straight poor shooting night in a 68-49 loss to Newell-Fonda on Thursday.
The Midgets put up 30 more shots than the Mustangs, but the hosts were more efficient and made three more field goals. ELC finished 20-of-57 compared to Newell-Fonda's 23-of-37. ELC was 7-of-22 from 3-point range while the Mustangs were 8-of-17. Newell-Fonda also made 12 more free throws, but a portion of that was ELC fouling out the end of the contest.
"We had a lot off good looks that just rimmed out," said ELC coach Nick Gruhlke.
ELC trailed 15-9 after one quarter and kept pace with the Mustangs in the second quarter, trailing 29-23 at the break. However, Newell-Fonda had retaken the momentum with a 3-pointer at the buzzer before the break.
The hosts kept the pressure on in the third quarter, pulling away to 54-36 advantage entering the final frame.
Adrian Vaughn led ELC with 11 points while Jacob Jensen had eight, Izaak Sander had seven, Blake Ingvall had six, Octavious Piercy-Maze had five, Kolin Richardson had four, Tristan Howard and Matt Christensen each had three and Weston Shasteen had two.
Piercy-Maze led ELC's rebounding with seven boards. Vaughn had three assists and Kevin Egeland had three steals.
Aden Mahler led Newell-Fonda with 23 points and Trey Jungers had 22.
ELC (5-6 overall) is on the road against Western Christian on Tuesday.
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