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Western Christian 77, ELC 53 Midgets unable to maintain early pace against Wolfpack

December 16, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central boys played one of their best quarters in many years in pouncing on Class 2A No. 3 Western Christian on Friday.

The Midgets scored the first seven points and led by as many as eight points twice while taking a 24-21 lead after the first 8 minutes.

However, the Wolfpack buckled down, offensively and defensively, out-scoring ELC 20-7 in the second quarter on the way to a 77-53 victory.

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ELC coach Nick Gruhlke said they saw the tape of Western Christian against Spencer when the Wolfpack also got off to a slow start.

"We practiced getting off to that fast start," he said. "I think we're better offensively than we were a year ago, but we still can't let the other team getting into the 70s and 80s."

The game started with Izaak Sander hitting the first of six 3-pointers in the game followed by a Blake Miller layup off a pass from Alec Heifner. Two free throws by Will Larson gave ELC its 7-0 lead.

Sander's second trey gave ELC an 11-4 advantage and moments later, Miller got another layup and ELC led 13-5.

That forced a Western Christian timeout with 4 minutes left to play in the half. Out of the timeout, Western Christian hit its first 3-pointer, but Sander answered with his third 3-pointer. Heifner hit consecutive 3-pointers, as ELC led 22-14. But the Wolfpack scored the next five points to cut the deficit to three, 22-19. The two teams traded baskets to end the first period.

Western Christian's Clay Van Hol tied the game with a 3-pointer to start the second period and Sander promptly hit his fourth one.

However, ELC began to get in foul trouble as the Wolfpack attacked the basket more. Sander went to the bench with his second foul and Larson had three fouls by the end of the half and the Wolfpack led 41-31 at the break.

Brian Egeland hit the first basket of the second quarter to cut the deficit to eight, but the Wolfpack kept pushing the lead and held a 60-47 advantage to start the final frame.

Sander finished with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. Heifner added 15 points while Egeland had eight, Miller had five, Larson had four and Parker Rowley had three.

ELC (1-6 overall) hosts Jackson County Central today and Emmetsburg comes to town on Tuesday.

 
 
 

 

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