Estherville Lincoln Central gave Class 2A No. 2 Western Christian all it could handle in the early going Tuesday, but the Wolfpack again just had too much firepower in the 80-57 win.
The Midgets battled well in the first quarter taking a 12-10 lead on a 3-pointer by Evan Hansen.
But ELC trailed by three when Tucker Milburn hit a 3-pointer to make it 18-15 and the visitors ended the quarter with a 6-2 run to lead 24-17.
ELC’s Tyler Swanson (24) shoots a floater over Western Christian’s Taylor Feestra during the Midgets’ final home game on Tuesday.
EDN photo David Swartz
"We got a lot of good looks and played aggressive defense," said ELC coach York Plagge. "We also made them call the first time out, which is a small victory, but we had it going."
Tyler Swanson's second 3-pointer of the night to start the second quarter cut the deficit to four, but the visitors gradually pulled away.
Derek Nieland had a potential four-point play as he was fouled after a 3-pointer to make it 33-25, but he missed the free throw.
The visitors continued to pull away though leading 46-31 at the break.
Swanson hit his third trey to start the second half to get ELC within 12, 46-34, but another scoring lull allowed the visitors to advance their lead to 63-41.
"They probably had their best offense in that quarter while we had our worst," said Plagge.
Both Swanson and Reiter hit two 3-pointers in the final frame, but ELC was never closer than 19 as Western Christian closed out the game.
Swanson led ELC with 18 points while Matt Burell finished with 13, Reiter had eight, Joe Heinrichs had seven, Nieland, Hansen and Milburn each had three and Brad Olsen had two.
ELC had 11 3-pointers in the game and was 6-of-12 from the free throw line.
The Wolfpack out-rebounded the Midgets 33-30. Reiter and Burrell each had six boards for ELC.
Josh Van Lingen led Western Christian with 2 0 points, Michael Den Herder had 17 and Taylor Feenstra had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
ELC finishes the regular season at 7-14 overall and 4-10 in the Lakes Conference.
The Midgets take on seventh-ranked MOC-Floyd Valley in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs in Orange City on Monday, Feb. 18.