HULL - Top-ranked Western Christian troubled Estherville Lincoln Central's young team with its full-court pressure all night in a 77-25 victory for the Wolfpack on Friday.
The hosts led 26-3 after one quarter and 52-12 at halftime. Unofficially, ELC had 26 turnovers in the first 16 minutes compared to 10 by the Wolfpack.
Western Christian stretched the lead to 71-23 after three quarters.
Colleen Humble drives to the basket against LeMars on Tuesday in Estherville.
Photo by David Swartz
"We hustled and played hard," said ELC coach Tony Klein. "We did some decent things for us."
Caitlyn Clayton and Colleen Humble led the Midgets with eight points each. Megan Jensen finished with five while Carson Gjerde and Hallie Jensen each had two.
ELC (0-12 overall) goes from the top-ranked team in 2A to the top-ranked team in 1A as the Midgets host Newell-Fonda next Thursday.
ELC is at Emmetsburg on Friday.
The ELC Junior Varsity Girls lost 73-31 to Western Christian.
ELC fades in fourth again
The Estherville Lincoln Central again kept an opponent in striking distances for three quarters, but the Midgets couldn't close the gap in the final period as LeMars pulled away for a 54-35 victory over Tuesday.
ELC trailed 13-8 after one quarter, 24-18 at halftime and 36-28 after three quarters.
But LeMars opened the fourth period with an 11-2 run and outscored ELC 18-7 in the final frame.
One of the highlights for ELC was scoring the final six points of the first half with two baskets by Megan Jensen and a pair of free throws from Caitlyn Clayton.
A 3-pointer by Carson Gjerde in the third period kept ELC's deficit to single digits.
Clayton led ELC with 12 points while Jensen finished with 1. Colleen Humble had six points while Gjerde and Emily Behrends each had three points.
Kassidy Rieken led LeMars with 16 points while Holly Schneider finished with 15 and Janessa Milbrodt had 11.
WEST BEND - North Union jumped out to a 17-2 lead against winless West Bend-Mallard on Tuesday and the Warriors cruised to a 49-17 victory over the Wolverines.
After leading 27-9 at halftime, North Union shut out WB-M in the third quarter in building a 42-9 lead to start the final frame.
Aurora Oliver led the Warriors with 18 points while Peyton Oleson finished with 11 and Sarah Rolling had 10. Oleson and Madison Bollig each had five steals and North Union had 20 thefts as a team.
Ashley Laverty chipped in three points while Alexis Valvick, Emma Engelby and Bollig each had two while Jessica Govern had one.
Dau leads Spirit Lake past E'burg
EMMETSBURG - Emma Dau scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting to lead Spirit Lake to a 56-35 victory over Emmetsburg on Tuesday.
Joie Veldman chipped in 12 points while Carly Ites had 10, Mackenzie Thate had eight, Bailee Newman had five and Abbey Horsman, Carter Hassel and Jessie Kabele each had two.
The Indians were 10-of-14 from the free throw line. They led 14-5 after one quarter and 25-12 at the break. The E'Hawks made a small rally in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 39-31 by the start of the fourth. Spirit Lake's defense then held the hosts to just four points in the final frame.