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ELC 40, Emmetsburg 31 Defense helps ELC to victory

Midgets outscore Emmetsburg 20-3 in decisive third quarter

December 19, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Legendary college coach Bob Knight said, "Good basketball always starts with good defense."

According to coach Don Martindale, his Estherville Lincoln Central girls team is starting to get that concept.

"The kids are starting to buy into our defensive scheme," Martindale said.

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In two back-to-back games to start the week, that defense was apparent in two quarters. On Monday, ELC held Jackson County Central to two points in the second quarter. On Tuesday, the Midgets held Emmetsburg to three points in the third quarter of a 49-31 win over the E'Hawks.

ELC's third quarter defense also included a spark on offense, as the Midgets made four straight 3-pointers-the first by Kaitlyn Tendal and then three consecutive treys from senior Brianne Vermeys.

"This is an unselfish team and the kids enjoy playing together," Martindale said.

The four 3-pointers were part of a 20-point third quarter for ELC that essentially put the game out of reach.

With a 42-23 lead to start the fourth quarter, ELC worked its offense to run time off the clock.

ELC started the night hitting from long range as well. Kendall Evans hit two treys in the first quarter and Jadynn Moore and Josie Condon each hit one, as ELC took a 14-9 lead. The E'Hawks battled back to tie the game at 14-14 though by the end of the first.

Both teams struggled on offense in a low-scoring second quarter, with Condon hitting another trey to help ELC lead 22-20 at the break.

Condon and Tendal each finished with 10 points while Vermeys had nine and Evans had eight. Lindsey Jensen and Moore each had three points while Adrienne Rosfjord, Gabby Paul and Jaydan Nitchals each had two points.

Abby Schany led the E'Hawks with 14 points.

ELC (6-4 overall, 1-3 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Terril this evening to face Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire.

ELC hangs on to beat JCC

The Estherville Lincoln Central limited visiting Jackson County Central to just two points in the second quarter and that proved to be key in the Midgets' 55-46 win over Jackson County Central on Monday.

ELC jumped out to a 6-2 lead after Josie Condon hit a pair of 3-pointers, but the Huskies scored the next 12 points and looked to run away with the victory.

ELC kept fighting and a 3pointer by Kendall Evans, a basket by Adrienne Rosfjord and two free throws from Jadynn Moore had cut the deficit to three, 16-13, but the end of the first period.

ELC then scored the first eight points of the second quarter with four points from Kaitlyn Tendal, two from Evans and two from Condon before the visitors finally scored a basket.

Two free throws by Condon secured a 23-18 ELC lead at the break.

The third and fourth quarters were relatively even. Jackson County Central got as close as four points, but ELC led 39-32 to start the final frame.

Condon led ELC with 15 points while Evans finished with 10. Evans and Jaydan Nitchals and Evans each had seven points while Moore and Brianne Vermeys had five, Lindsey Jensen had four and Rosfjord had two.



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