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LCS girls use quick start to build win over E-Hawks

Monday, December 10, 2012

(Photo contributed) LCS' Emily Ellefson drives toward the hoop in a fast break against the E-Hawks during the Bulldogs' win Friday on the road.
EMMETSBURG -- The Bulldogs came out quick against Emmetsburg Friday, claiming their first win of the season 55-23.

LCS nailed five threes early on, compiling a 22-4 lead before the first quarter buzzer.

"We came out and played hard right from the opening tip and all the way through the game," LCS coach Judd Kopperud said. "We were just clicking right out of the gate."

The 'Dogs stretched their lead to 38-12 by halftime, then only allowed the E-Hawks two points in the third quarter to lead 50-14.

"We played really well in the third quarter defensively," Kopperud said. "Actually, all game we played well defensively. We made some adjustments throughout the game defensively and changed some things up as the game went along and that kept Emmetsburg off balance."

With LCS' 35-point lead, the continuous clock kicked in. The Bulldogs scored five more while E-burg came back with nine points before the end.

Three seniors led the way for LCS in the scoring column; Mary Kate Eckstaine tallied 14, Emily Ellefson had 11 and Carolyn Ahlers added 10.

The 'Dogs went 5-for-5 on their first three pointers and 8-17 overall from the arc.

"That's phenomenal," Kopperud said.

The team shot 44 percent from the field and 5-9 from the free throw line.

"When you shoot the ball well, it obviously makes a difference," Kopperud said. "Really, we've shot the ball fairly well all season; at Emmetsburg it just went in a few more times."

For the 'Dogs, Ellefson led in rebounds with four and Ahlers had four assists.

LCS sophomore Britney Thompson had five assists and two blocks.

Kopperud said he was pleased with the team's showing Friday.

"Any time you can get a win on the road in the Lakes Conference, it's a good thing," he said. "It was a great team effort. Everybody contributed."

LCS' record improves to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Lakes Conference.

The Bulldogs will host No. 1 Western Christian Tuesday for LCS' first home game of the season.

"It'll be nice to play at home -- we have two home games in a row," Kopperud said. "We're going to be going up against two outstanding opponents, particularly on Tuesday when we play Western, a powerhouse. But we're looking forward to the challenge and we're going to play as hard as we can and leave it all on the floor."

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