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ELC shuts down Sioux Central for first win

Defense limits Rebels to three points in third quarter

November 30, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

After two losses, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls finally got in the win column with a 43-32 victory over Sioux Central on Tuesday.

"Our defense really clamped down, especially in the second half, just giving up three points in the third quarter," said ELC coach Tony Klein.

While ELC trailed early for the third straight game, the Midgets didn't let the rebels get much distance, battling to just a one-point deficit, 10-9 after the first quarter.

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The second quarter has belonged to ELC so far this season. Against Sioux Central, 3-pointers by Josie Condon and Molly Diekmann gave ELC its fist lead at 16-15. Moments later, Lindsey Jensen came up with a steal and layup to give ELC a 3-point edge. Sioux Central answered with a trey to tie the game, but ELC scored the final points of the half as Katherined Johnson finished on a fast break and Morgan White made three free throws over the final three minutes.

While the Rebels had made 3-pointers to start both the first and second quarters, White opened the third quarter with a trey for ELC as the Midgets clamped down defensively while building a 31-21 advantage to start the final frame.

Sioux Central did fight its way back to within five after a 3-pointer by Dani Boettcher made the score 36-31 with 1:52 remaining. But the visitors would only get one more free throw the rest of the way as ELC finished with a 7-1 run.

White led all scorers with 21 points. Jensen and Condon each had seven pints while Karmen Hazen and Diekmann each had three and Katherine Johnson had two.

ELC shared the rebounding duties with White and Jensen both pulling down nine boards while Miller had eight, Hzen had seven and Condon had six. Jensen and Condon each had three steals.

ELC struggled at the free throw line at times, finishing the night making 14-of-26.

Boettcher led Sioux Central with 16 points and the Rebels made just 5-of-9 from the free throw line.

ELC (1-2 overall) travels to Terril to take on Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Friday.

Algona pulls away in second half

ALGONA - Estherville Lincoln Central's second game followed a similar path to its first.

After falling behind early to Algona on Monday, the Midgets rallied in the second quarter, but were unable to keep up the pace in the second half in a 47-35 loss to the Bulldogs.

Against Manson-Northwest Week, ELC had fell behind 11-4 in the first quarter and rallied with a 13-1 second quarter to take the lead before losing in overtime.

Against Algona, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 19-2 lead. ELC began hitting shots in the second quarter, out-scoring the hosts 22-7 to get within two, 26-24.

However, ELC again struggled in the third quarter, scoring just three points as they trailed 37-27 heading into the final frame.

"We lacked energy and couldn't put the ball in the hole," said ELC Tony Klein. "Sometimes it's hard to play defense when you don't score. When we started scoring that gave us some energy."

Josie Condon led ELC with 13 points while Lindsey Jensen finished with eight, Sydney Swanson had seven, Morgan White had four and Molly Diekmann had three.

Jensen finished with a team-high 10 rebounds while Condon had six.



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