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Condon leads ELC past Rebels

ELC 63, Sioux Central 59, OT

November 28, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Trailing by a point in overtime, Josie Condon dribbled down the left side of the basketball court in front of the Estherville Lincoln Central bench. Starting outside the 3-point line, the senior guard took a hard dribble toward the basket. Her defender stumbled. Condon calmly stepped back behind the 3-point line, measured the shot and knocked it down to give the Midgets a 54-52 advantage.

With the play happening right in front of the doorway where the ELC boys' basketball players were waiting for their turn on the court, they showed their appreciation for the play with collective "oohs, ahs and woooaahs."

ELC made the stop on the other end of the court and Condon made a free throw jumper to put ELC up by four. The Midgets never trailed again in pulling out a 63-59 victory over Sioux Central.

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Condon scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the extra period, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

ELC had a chance to win in regulation. Tied at 49-49, freshman Kaitlyn Tendal drove to the basket, missed, grabbed the rebound, but the putback attempt rolled off the rim.

"We came together a little in the fourth quarter and overtime-we played really well down the stretch," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "Give credit to Sioux Central-they played a good game and were very intense the whole game."

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Condon, a senior, scored 12 points in overtime. Condon also signed to play basketball for Briar Cliff college in Sioux City this week.

ELC started well against Sioux Central and led 15-12 after Sydney Swanson's second basket to end the first quarter.

Amara Heinrichs' step-through layup to start the second quarter gave ELC a 17-12 lead, but Sioux Central stormed back with the next six points. Later, a Swanson basket put ELC up 23-21. However, the Midgets went cold while the Rebels went on a 10-0 run. Swanson, who scored eight of her 10 points in the first half, ended the run as ELC trailed 31-25 at the break.

The Midgets kept battling in the third quarter and cut the deficit to two by the start of the fourth. Kendall Evans broke a 47-47 tie after making a layup at the back of the Rebels' full-court pressure, which the visitors used all night. But then no one stopped Sioux Central point guard Karly Boettcher as she drove to the basket to tie the game at 49-49.

For ELC, Evans and Jadynn Moore each chipped in 10 points while Lindsey Jensen had four, Tendal had three, and Maggie White and Jaydan Nitchals each had two.

ELC had 16 assists in the game led by Heinrichs with four and Tendal and Condon each with three.

Evans pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Condon had six.

ELC (2-1 overall) opens Lakes Conference play at Cherokee next Tuesday.

Algona pulls away from ELC

ALGONA - For three and a half quarters, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls battled Class 3A No. 8 Algona basket for basket.

ELC led at the end of the third quarter, 34-33, after a 3-pointer by Kendall Evans and again led a couple minutes into the final period, 38-37, after another basket by Evans.

ELC still trailed by just two, 43-41, when the Bulldog's Aliyah Buscher hit her only 3-pointer of the night to push the lead to five. The Midgets just couldn't find an answer after that as Algona went on to win 52-43.

"We're taking baby steps," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "The effort is there, but you also have to perform and rebound the basketball better and make shots."

ELC struggled with foul trouble the entire game, which helped the Bulldogs to a 15-point advantage at the free throw line. ELC finished 7-of-11 while Algona shot 22-of-32 from the charity stripe.

Evans, Sydney Swanson and Amara Heinrichs all had three fouls in the first quarter.

However, ELC trailed just 9-8 after one period. Josie Condon heated up in the second quarter and her 10 points in that period helped ELC take a 26-24 lead before Algona's Molly McCauley tied the game with two free throws, 26-26, at the break.

Condon finished 6-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-9 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for 19 points.

As a team, ELC was 15-of-51 from the field including 4-of-23 from the free throw line.

"I thought we settled for the perimeter shot," said Martindale. "We need to go to the basket.

Evans finished with seven points while Maggie White came off the bench for five points. Heinrichs finished with four points and Adrienne Rosfjord, Brianne Vermeys, Jadynn Moore and Jaydan Nitchals each had two points.

Kaitlyn Tendal, Condon and Nitchals each had three assists. Condon led ELC's rebounding effort with seven boards while Rosfjord had six.



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