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ELC splits games to end the week

Early deficit too much to overcome

January 15, 2018
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

STORM LAKE - After falling behind 11-2 early in the first quarter, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys had to battle from behind all night against Storm Lake. While ELC trailed by just seven, 49-42 midway through the fourth quarter, the Midgets could not close the gap, as the Tornadoes held on for a 63-50 win in Lakes Conference play on Friday.

"We didn't have any edge in the first half," said ELC coach Nick Gruhlke. "We need to come out with more energy."

ELC trailed 13-7 after one quarter and 26-17 at halftime. ELC made a little headway in the third quarter as a putback by Jacob Heinrichs at the buzzer made the score 45-37 to start the final period.

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Trevor Friesner

Trevor Friesner led ELC with 15 points while Heinrichs finished with 10 points. Jacob Bosch finished with nine points and eight rebounds while Alec Heifner had seven points, Izaak Sander had six, Brian Egeland had two and Octavious-Piercy-Maze had one. Piercy-Maze had four assists and two steals while Bosch finished with three assists and three steals. Egeland had two blocked shots.

ELC (8-6 overall, 1-5 in the Lakes Conference) is on the road against Cherokee on Tuesday.

ELC holds off N-F in the fourth quarter

NEWELL - Trevor Friesner scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Alec Heifner scored 11 points off the bench as Estherville Lincoln Central defeated Newell-Fonda 54-43 on Thursday.

After taking a 20-point lead, 41-21, late in the third quarter, Newell-Fonda made a run started by a 3-pointer at the end of that quarter and into the fourth. Outscoring ELC 20-6, the Mustangs cut the deficit to six points, 47-41 in the closing minutes.

However, ELC regrouped and made 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to put the game away. Heifner made four of those free throws including converting a one-and-one after the lead had dwindled to six points.

"I wanted to contribute more to the offensive side and did what I wanted to do," said Heifner.

In the first half, Friesner scored 16 of his 20 points while ELC's defense held Newell-Fonda to just nine points in the first 16 minutes of the game.

"We got stops and that gave us energy on the offensive end," said Friesner.

ELC led 15-4 after one quarter and 26-9 at the break.

"It was by far our best defensive half," said ELC coach Nick Gruhlke. "We knew they'd go on a run though. For our defense to hold them to 43 points-nine in the first half, was great."

The Mustangs entered the game averaging 60 points a contest and 43 points is their season low. Leading scorer Bryce Coppock, who averages 21 points per game, had just two points in the first half, but finished with 17 on the night.

In the third quarter, ELC twice took a 20-point lead, once on a 3-pointer by Jacob Bosch at 36-16 and then a Heifner 3-pointer gave ELC its 41-21 lead before the Mustangs' rally.

Also for ELC, Jacob Heinrichs finished with nine points, Bosch had seven, Octavious Piercy-Maze had four and Brian Egeland had two.



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