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ELC 52, Western Christian 42 Finishing the Deal

Midgets hold off Wolfpack in fourth quarter

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

Estherville Lincoln Central led 44-36 over Western Christian with 4 1/2 minutes left in Friday's game when Western Christian timeout was called.

As the ELC players sat at the bench, ELC coach Don Martindale implored his team to "Finish the Deal."

The Midgets did just that in defeating the Wolfpack 52-41.

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"The most enjoyable part o this, other than the win, is that the girls fought through to the end," said Martindale after the game. "Western Christian is still Western Christian, just without the 6-3, 6-4 girls this year."

The last time ELC defeated Western Christian was 42-41 on Jan. 13, 2012. The Wolfpack won the second meeting that year and then defeated the Midgets in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament.

On Friday, ELC led from start to finish. Lindsey Jensen scored the first three points from the free throw line and Jaydan Nitchals hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 6-2. Nitchals broke a 6-6 tie with her next basket for an 8-6 lead. Senior Josie Condon took over the rest of the period, hitting two 3-pointers and another basket for a 16-8 lead after one quarter.

The Midgets kept making the plays to keep Western Christian at bay in the second quarter with Condon's third trey of the night giving ELC a 30-22 lead at the break.

Western Christian made its run in the third quarter, ending the period on a 12-2 run to get within one, 37-36, to start the final frame.

However, CLC scored the first seven points of the quarter with a layup by Kaitlyn Tendal, a basket by Nitchals and a 3-pointer by Kendall Evans to get to that 44-36 lead.

Following that key timeout, Western Christian received a technical foul and Condon sank a pair of free throws to push ELC lead to 10. Western Christian struggled to score down the stretch, as ELC finished out the victory.

Condon led ELC with 15 points while Nitchals poured in 13. Jensen had nine points while Evans and Jadynn Moore each had six and Tendal had three.

Neither team shot well from the free throw line, as ELC was 11-of-22 and Western Christian was 9-of-19.

ELC (4-4 overall, 1-3 in the Lakes Conference) hosts Jackson County Central on Monday and Emmetsburg on Tuesday.

 
 
 

 

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