ESTHERVILLE -- The Bulldogs racked up 27 points in the first quarter of their matchup with the Midgets Friday, and Estherville never recovered.
"We played a really nice first quarter," LCS boys coach Dave Irwin said. "We really attacked them in our transition defense and put enough pressure on them defensively that we ended up forcing them into 27 turnovers."
The Le Mars Community boys peeled away with a 77-55 conference win at Estherville.
The energetic Bulldogs held the Midgets (4-7) to 14 in the first quarter for a 13-point lead heading into the second stanza.
LCS scored 15 more points before halftime, holding Estherville to 10 to make the Bulldogs' lead 42-24.
The Dogs' maintained their lead through the third quarter, going into the final period 58-37, then outscored Estherville 19-18 to finish it off.
"It was a nice game to start the second half of the year," Irwin said. "We got a big enough lead we were able to work on some things, work on some different player combinations, things like that."
LCS junior Jake Irwin led scoring with 19 points and senior Kyle Dolph was also in double figures with 14.
Senior Parker Rolfes added another eight points and sophomore Tyler Paulson came off the bench to score eight more for LCS.
Junior Colan Borchers came in to lead the 'Dogs in rebounds with five and sophomore Tyler Borchers, senior Tanner Anthony and Dolph each grabbed four.
"We had guys come in off the bench and really assert themselves offensively and play well," Irwin said.
Senior Gabe Rahn led in steals with four and Rolfes had three steals plus five assists.
Friday's conference win puts the Bulldogs' record at 6-3 and 5-1 in the Lakes Conference.
The 'Dogs next met up with Sergeant Bluff-Luton tonight (Monday) at home.
"Sergeant Bluff vs. Le Mars games are always good games," Irwin said. "We need to just take care of business in our gym."