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Midgets fall to Indians in OT, defeat Warriors

Spirit Lake free-throw advantage just enough

December 9, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central girls had a chance to beat Spirit Lake in regulation, but a couple missed free throws in the final 30 second opened the door for the Indians. Spirit Lake tied the game at 39-39 in regulation and the game went into overtime where the Indians made 7-of-10 free throws to secure a 46-42 victory.

ELC's only basket in the extra period was a 3-pointer in the final second by Josie Condon, who finished with a team-high 16 points.

ELC had jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and led 13-10 after 8 minutes, but Spirit Lake battled back to take a 21-20 lead by halftime.

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In a low-scoring third quarter, the pace picked up in the final minutes of the period. Kendall Evans hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 23-23 with 2:55 seconds on the clock. Spirit Lake answered with a three-point play followed by a steal and layup for the Indians' biggest lead of the night at 28-23. However, Jadynn Moore hit a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in the half, as ELC trailed 29-26 to start the final period.

Condon opened the period with back to back 3-pointers to give ELC a lead. ELC took its last lead at 29-27 after two free throws by Lindsey Jensen.

"We still have to block out to get the rebounds," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "Those offensive rebounds hurt us. Also they hit free throws when they needed and we didn't.

"We're a young team and the girls play so hard," he continued. "I'm proud of their effort."

Also for ELC, Evans finished with eight points, Jensen had seven, Kaitlyn Tendal had six, Moore had three and Jaydan Nitchals had two.

The Indians had a huge advantage at the free throw line, making 22-of-41 shots while ELC went to the line just 11 times and made six.

ELC (3-3 overall, 0-2 in the Lakes Conference) will face Class 4A No. 6 LeMars on Tuesday.

ELC heats up at Armstrong

ARMSTRONG - Estherville Lincoln Central released a barrage of 3-pointers against North Union, connecting on eight in the first quarter in building a 26-11 lead.

While the Midgets' shooting cooled off, the Warriors couldn't make up the difference, as ELC left town with a 61-41 victory on Thursday. It was North Union's first loss of the season.

Jaydan Nitchals and Josie Condon started the barrage with each hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes of the game. Kaitlyn Tendal also connected from long range twice in the opening quarter. ELC led 37-19 at half and 47-32 to start the third quarter.

ELC finished with 11 3-pointers in the game with three each from Condon, Nitchals and Tendal and one each from Brianne Vermeys and Maggie White.

Both teams' defenses used full-court pressure until the closing minutes when the game was decided.

Tendal finished with a game-high 17 points while Condon had 15 and Nitchals had 14. Lindsey Jensen tossed in seven while Vermeys and White each had three and Amara Heinrichs had two.

The Warriors had just three 3-pointers in the game. Chloe Lofstrom led North Union with 15 points while Rory McClellan had 12, Maddie Rolling had eight and Brooklyn Prochniak and Hope Steinberger each had two.



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