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ELC falls in OT thriller to start 2016

White scores 15, Miller 10 to lead Midgets

November 23, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central had chances to win its season opener against Manson-Northwest Webster on Tuesday, but the ball just wouldn't fall.

The two teams battled to a 27-27 tie in regulation, but the Cougars scored the first five points over overtime and held on for a 40-27 victory.

ELC had its chance for a last shot in regulation, but a pass from Josie Condon to Morgan White was picked off by MNW's Chloe Herzberg. She appeared to be racing for the game-winning layup, but Condon raced down for a clean block at the buzzer.

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However in the extra period, Herzberg got loose for a corner 3-point to put the Cougars on top for good. Moments later, Becca Krueger rebounded an air ball under the MNW basket for an easy layup to put the visitors up by five, 32-27.

ELC finally scored in the extra period on a jumper by Rylee Miller that made the score 34-29. Morgan White, who had struggled from long range throughout the night, finally hit her first 3-pointer by 55 seconds left in the game, to make it a four-point game at 36-32.

However, the Cougars made enough free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

Earlier in the game, ELC got off to a slow start after Miller hit her first shot of the game. MNW went on a nine-point run and held an 11-4 lead after one quarter.

"We were a little tentative and when we were shooting we were going either too fast or too slow," said ELC coach Tony Klein.

The second quarter was all ELC. The Midgets did a good job of getting to the free throw line where they made of 11-of-13 in the quarter as part of a 13-1 run to lead 17-12 at the break. The Cougar's only point in the period came on a free throw from Emma Rae Snell with 43 seconds left in the half.

"Halftime came at the wrong time for us, because it gave them a chance to regroup," said Klein. "We came out a little tentative again while they came out more aggressive."

The Cougars reversed their fortunes, out-scoring ELC 11-2 in the period to take a 23-19 lead.

ELC's White took over in the final period, scoring six straight points to tie the game at 27-27 with 38 seconds remaining.

Both teams had chances to take the lead. White had a couple good looks at 3-pointers in which the ball just rolled out of the basket.

White led ELC with 15 points while Miller finished with 10, Condon had six, Molly Diekmann had two and Karmen Hazen had one. Hazen, Miller, Condon and White each had seven rebounds. Hazen had four steals while Condon and White each had three. Condon had four assists.

ELC (0-1 overall) is at Algona on Monday and hosts Sioux Central on Tuesday.



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