Playing their third game in four days, Class 3A No. 3 Estherville Lincoln Central didn't show any ill effects as Jackson County Central came to town on Monday.
The Midgets jumped out to an 11-0 lead and ended up with a 41-point victory 66-25 over the Huskies.
Similar to Friday's home game against LeMars, Emily Kirchner went to work early and often. She drove baseline twice for two layups. After a couple free throws by Allie Sievert. Kirchner and Sievert each scored again and Kirchner added a free throw for the 11-0 lead with just 4 minutes gone in the game.
ELC’s Maggie McCauley (4) drives in for two points against the Jackson County Central defense on Monday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC struggled to get a shot to fall for most of the rest of the third quarter.
Meanwhile JCC's Rachel Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer at the 2:35 mark to break the ice for the Huskies.
Kirchner scored the final basket of the quarter as ELC led 13-3.
The Midgets opened the second quarter with a free-throw line jumper from Sievert and a 3-pointer by Macy Dahl.
That's when Sara Heywood got into the act the rest of the quarter. She started with a couple layups a pair of free throws and her first 3-pointer gave ELC a 27-5 lead.
After a 3-pointer by the Huskies' Angela Handzus, Kirchner scored four straight points and then picked up her fifth foul as she went to the bench with 15 first-half points.
Heywood then hit a 3-pointer late in the period to complete a 10-point first half and give ELC a 34-11 lead.
JCC came out of the lockerroom with increase intensity and they began hitting some shots.
They outscored ELC 9-8 over the first four minutes of the third quarter, but then Casey Sievert began hitting. The senior hit a couple jumpers and two 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer, as she finished with 12 points in the quarter and ELC led 54-21 to start the final frame.
Kirchner finished with a game-high 21 points while Casey Sievert had 14, Allie Sievert had 12 and Heywood had 10. Dahl and Caitlyn Clayton each finished with three points while Maggie McCauley had two and Megan Jensen had one.
Kirchner also had six steals and three assists. Dahl had four steals and Heywood had four assists.
ELC (11-1 overall) is on the road against Class 1A No. 3 Newell-Fonda on Thursday before taking on Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian in Hull on Friday.