Estherville Lincoln Central (19-3) vs. Hampton-Dumont (19-3)
7 p.m., tonight, in Algona
After surviving a slight scare from Algona in Saturday 45-32 win, Class 3A No. 3 Estherville Lincoln Central will face an even tougher challenge in unranked Hampton-Dumont. Two of the Bulldogs' losses are to Clear Lake, 54-41 on Dec. 7 and 57-35 on Jan. 18. Hampton-Dumont also lost to North Butler 43-24 on Dec. 8.
The Bulldogs average 51.9 points per game led by 5-10 post Taryn Barz with 17.2 points per game. Five-foot-six freshman guard Jessica Speake is averaging 10.5 points per game.
Hampton-Dumont opened tournament play with a 64-34 win over Clarion-Goldfield (6-16), a team the Bulldogs had defeated twice during the regular season. Hampton-Dumont ended the regular season with a 45-28 win over Algona, using a 17-4 fourth quarter.
Hampton-Dumont shoots 39.2 percent (418-of 1,065) from the field including 23.5 percent (43-of-183) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs shoot 59.3 percent from the free throw line.
ELC is shooting 46 percent (461-of-1,002) from the field including 35.8 percent (86-o-240) from 3-point range.
Allie Sievert is currently averaging 14.4 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free-throw line. Emily Kirchner is averaging 13.5 points per contest while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from the free-throw line.
As ELC fans know, while the Midgets sometimes struggle to score, defense will keep them in the game.
Spirit Lake (14-8) vs.
Sioux Center (15-7)
7 p.m., tonight, in Spirit Lake
The ninth-ranked Indians' record may be a little deceptive since leading scorer KJ Veldman missed some games in the middle of the season. But Veldman has been back for a while and her nearly 20 points a game will be the focus of Sioux Center's defense.
Spirit Lake has become a little more versatile as senior Alissa Christoffer is avaraged nearly 12 points a game and sophomore Emma Dau is putting up nearly 10 points per contest.
The Warriors from Sioux Center are led by Jill VanderPlaats at 11.4 points per contest, Jill Estes at 11.2 points per contest and Carrigan Cleveringa at 9.6 points per contest. Both Estes and Cleveringa aren't afraid to put up the 3-pointer wher ethey are both shooting around 31 percent.
But that compares with Veldman who is shooting 42.6 percent from long range as well as 77.3 percent from the free throw line.