LEMARS - Estherville Lincoln Central had its chances for a second win this season against LeMars, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game in regulation and went on to win 42-41 in overtime on Tuesday.
"The girls are disappointed, but I'm happy with how they played," said ELC coach Tony Klein.
The Midgets held a 28-19 late in the third quarter when LeMars hit a 3-pointer followed by a steal and layup that cut the deficit to four, 28-24 to start the final frame.
The hosts then scored the first seven points of the final frame to briefly take the lead, but an ELC basket and two free throws by Caitlyn Clayton had ELC leading by three, 34-31 with 3:40 left in the contest.
ELC still led by three, 36-33 when Megan Jensen putback an ELC miss. But the Midgets failed to convert chances in the closing seconds. LeMars tied the game at 37-37 when Kassidy Rieken grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it back in to tie the game at 37-37.
ELC had time left, but Clayton's shot with 2 seconds left missed.
In overtime, Kacey Hovden hit a 3-pointer with 1:40 left to give LeMars the lead, which they never relinquished. ELC trailed 42-41 on a Carson Gjerde drive and layup with 10 seconds left. LeMars turned the ball over after taking a timeout to give the Midgets one more chance.
But Jensen's shot was off the mark as the Bulldogs prevailed.
In the first half, ELC led 11-9 after one quarter and extended the lead to 20-11 by halftime. Jensen had 10 of her team-high 12 points in the opening half. The Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to start the third quarter, but a steal and layup by Gjerde got ELC going. Hallie Jensen put back an offensive rebound and Cydnie Anderson hit a shot to give ELC its nine-point lead back at 28-19.
Gjerde finished with 11 points while Clayton had eight, Hallie Jensen and Anderson each had four and Colleen Humble had two.
Unofficially, ELC had 25 turnovers while the Bulldogs had 29.