HULL - After Tuesday's big LeMars, Estherville Lincoln Central didn't have long to regroup as the Midgets went to face Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian on Friday.
ELC battled toe-to-toe with the hosts in the first quarter, but the Wolfpack was just too much as they won 74-51.
"I'm very pleased with the effort the kids gave tonight," said ELC coach Corey Christopher. "We also executed fairly well."
ELC’s Carsten Bosch glides in for two points against LeMars on Tuesday.
Photo by David Swartz
ELC was tied 17-17 near the end of the first quarter, but Western Christian scored the final five points and took a 45-26 lead at halftime.
After the LeMars game, Coach Christopher said he thought his kids were playing well through the first half.
"We had clearly defined what we wanted to do tonight," he said, adding that he saw a lot of god things.
Western Christian continued to pull away in the third quarter stretching the lead above 35 points long enough to start the running clock. The hosts led 70-37 after three quarters.
Joe Heinrichs led ELC with 13 points while David Hughes had 10. Carsten Bosch chipped in nine points, Justin Heinrichs had six, Kyle DeVary had five and Bryce Mann and Clay Tredway each had four.
ELC finished with four 3-pointers on the night and were 5-of-10 from the free throw line.
Unofficially, the Midgets had 30 rebounds led by Hughes and Tredway with six each. Both teams finished with 13 turnovers.
Taylor Feenstra led Western Christian with 17 points.
ELC (7-4 overall, 3-3 in the Lakes) is home against Newell-Fonda next Thursday and at Emmetsburg next Friday.
The ELC Junior Varsity Boys lost 85-35 to Western Christian
ELC shoots poorly in loss to LeMars
Estherville Lincoln Central's poor shooting night didn't help the Midgets against a very good LeMars team.
The Midgets suffered their worse loss since the second game of the season against Forest City as LeMars defeated the Midgets 64-45 on Tuesday.
ELC, a team that relies on 3-pointers to spread the defense, didn't make a shot from beyond the arc until the fourth quarter when the game's outcome was already decided. The Midgets also struggled to finish at times around the basket.
ELC entered the game with four players averaging double digits in scoring. Only Carsten Bosch scored in double digits for ELC with 10 points.
ELC fell behind 19-8 in the first quarter. The Midgets, which have had slow starts in other games this season, got within eight, 28-20 with 1:53 left to play in the first half. But the Bulldogs scored the next six points of the second quarter and the first seven of the third to lead 41-20.
The visitors led 55-31 to start the final period.
Besides Bosch's 10, Justin Heinrichs finished with seven points, Joe Heinrichs and Bryce Mann had six, David Hughes had five, Clay Tredway had four and Rodrick Fuller, Kyle DeVary and Noah Diekmann each had two points.
Jake Irwin led LeMars with 17 points including five 3-pointers. Six-foot-six junior center Tyler Borschers finished with 16 points while Tyler Paulson chipped in 13 points.
The ELC JV?boys lost 48-26. Bryce Mann led the Midgets with 13 points and Alex Miller had six.
28 in NU loss
WEST BEND - North Union dug itself too deep of a hole in the first half against West Bend-Mallard on Tuesday.
The Warriors fell behind 46-25 in the first 16 minutes and couldn't catch up in a 79-55 loss.
Aric Runge finished with 28 points and five rebounds as the onlyNorth Union player to reach double digits. Jacob Braddock and Colin Runksmeier each tossed in nine points while Alex Krantz had eight, Braden Ortman had two, Trent Pedersen had three and Kaleb Olson and Dyson Umscheid each had two points.
Jason Zinnel led West Bend-Mallard with 27 points while Jesse Zinnl had 20 and Cole Banwart had 18.
Indians pull away from E'Hawks
EMMETSBURG - Emmetsburg stayed with Spirit Lake for a quarter, but after leading just 17-15 after the opening frame, the Indians outscored the E'Hawks 56-21 over the final three quarters on the way to a 73-36 victory.
Spirit Lake led 34-23 at halftime and 54-27 after three quarters.
Alec Henricksen led three Indians indouble digits with 14 points. Trevor Smith finished with 12 points and Alex Pringnitz had 10. Eric Drost led Emmetsburg with 11 points.
GTRA heats up in second half
GRAETTINGER - Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire opened up with a 20-6 start against host Harris-Lake Park and then survived a rally to beat the Wolves 67-47 on Tuesday.
The Titans led 35-19 at halftime when H-LP made a third-quarter run to cut the deficit to 43-36. But GTRA ended with a 24-11 fourth quarter.
Connor Sturgill finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds. The Titans were 13-of-16 from the charity stripe.
Taylor Enderson chipped in 15 points while Andy Geelan contributed nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Noah Stukey also finished with nine points while Mason McGrauth, Jared Sikora and Lane Reiman each had four points and Joe Tonderum had three..
Indians leap past Wolves
LAKE PARK - Alec Henricksen scored 30 points and Billy Brown chipped in 15 as Spirit Lake defeated Harris-Lake Park 78-35 on Thursday.
The Indians trailed 14-13 after one quarter, but took a 31-26 lead by halftime. Spirit Lake's defense clamped down in the second half, limiting the Wolves to just nine points.
Trevor Jensen chipped in seven points while Tyler alger had six, Trevor Smith and Alex Pringnitz each had four, austyn Reynolds had two and Logan Backhaus had one.
Brady Van Iperen led the Wolves with 11 points while Dahlton Burdorf had eight.
Spirt Lake (6-2 overall, 4-2 Lakes) travels to Estherville to play North Union at the Iowa Lakes gym at 5 p.m. today.