The Le Mars girls enjoyed a big win over War Eagle Conference rival Emmetsburg on Friday night. The Lady Bulldogs held Emmetsburg to only nine points in the first three quarters and eventually won 39-20.
"We were ready to go out and be sharp both offensively and defensively right away," said Coach Barry Borchers.
Senior Cassie Lassen started the night with a 3-point basket to give Le Mars the early advantage. She netted another 3-point shot and hit eight of her 10 points in the opening quarter.
After the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs held a 17-5 lead.
The second quarter was a little slower scoring-wise, with Le Mars netting five points and Emmetsburg recording four. Le Mars led 22-9 at the half.
The Lady Bulldogs played a strong defensive quarter in the third, shutting out the E-Hawks and netting another nine points to take a 31-9 lead.
"We played good man-to-man defense," Borchers said. "We worked on making them take shots they didn't want to take, which paid off for us."
Emmetsburg sunk more points in the fourth quarter than the first three, netting 11 points compared to Le Mars' eight. After four quarters, Le Mars took the victory, 39-20.
The Lady Bulldogs netted 16 of 49 shots from the field while the E-Hawks shot eight for 44. Behind the charity stripe, Le Mars sunk four of eight and Emmetsburg hit three of nine.
Borchers said the girls showed "solid rebounding" against the E-Hawks. "We ended up with 32 compared to their 30."
The big story, according to Borchers, was turnovers. Le Mars recorded 15 turnovers compared to Emmetsburg's 23.
"We took care of the ball better," Borchers said.
Leading the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs was Lassen with 10 points. Freshmen Erica Westhoff and Leah Clement netted six points each.
Junior Tara Lehner and freshman Jordan Heidebrink pulled down six rebounds apiece. Westhoff and sophomore Bailey Heidebrink each grabbed two steals. Lassen blocked three shots.
"We played really good defense as a team," Borchers said. "We forced them into quite a few turnovers and gave ourselves a chance at some easy baskets."
All of the Le Mars girls saw playing time against Emmetsburg, which was great experience for Borchers' young team.
"Overall, it was a really good defensive game for us," Borchers said. "It was just a good way for us to go into Christmas break."
The Lady Bulldogs will enjoy some time off before returning to practice, where they will work on perfecting some skills.
"We'll work hard over break to get better," Borchers said. "We'll work on continuing to play good defense and we'll work on some offensive skills as well."
After Christmas break, Le Mars will face South Sioux City in the CNOS tournament. The game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4, at the Tyson Events Center.
"It should be a tough game," Borchers said.