Playing on consecutive nights, Estherville Lincoln Central didn't quite appear ready for the defensive and offensive pressure LeMars applied on Friday.
The Bulldogs used a three-quarter-court press and were in constant attack mode in jumping out to a 12-0 lead in the first 3 minutes. ELC recovered a bit, but fell 77-55 to the visitors.
"They just beat us down the court," said ELC coach York Plagge. "Giving up 27 points in the first quarter is not something we're going to hang with very long."
ELC’s Tucker Milburn waits for LeMars’ Tanner Anthony to leap past him before scoring the easy layup.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The Bulldogs attacked the basket off the turnovers and rebounds, getting to the basket easily at times or kicking the ball out for a 3-pointer.
"We've improved in some respects, but tonight we weren't stepping up," said Plagge.
Matt Burrell finally broke the ice for the Midgets and Evan Hansen and Tyler Swanson both hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter as ELC trailed 27-14.
The Bulldogs scored the first five points of the second quarter before Hansen hit his third trey, but ELC trailed 42-24 at the break.
In the third quarter, ELC still trailed 58-37 after a pair of 3-pointers by Burrell and Tucker Milburn near the end of the period.
Both teams finished with nine 3-pointers for the game with LeMars' Jake Irwin hitting five on the night and finishing with a game-high 19 points.
The Bulldogs wee 10-for-13 from the free throw line compared to 9-for-17 for ELC.
Unofficially, LeMars out-rebounded ELC 26-20. Both teams struggled to take care of the ball with ELC finishing with 29 turnovers and LeMars with 21.
Burrell and Swanson led ELC with 13 points apiece. Hansen finished with nine, Adam Reiter had eight, Tucker Milburn had five, Joe Heinrichs had three, Brad Olsen had two and Jeff Perkins and David Hughes each had one point.
Kyle Dolph was the only other player in double digits for LeMars with 16 points.
ELC (4-7 overall, 2-4 in the Lakes Conference) hosts Jackson County Central on Monday.