ALGONA - Though the final outcome won't count on the overall record, Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks came up a point shy in a 34-33 decision to Bishop Garrigan Thursday night. The game was played as part of the Iowa Hall of Pride's scrimmage program that allows teams to play a full game under normal game conditions without the game counting on the team's final records. The contest is also a community service opportunity for the teams who participate in the event.
As play began on Thursday, Emmetsburg took an early lead with the inside shooting of Paige Naig and good defensive pressure from Kaity Degen and Hadley Egland. Justine Kummer and Faith Schmidt added additional outside shooting presence that kept the Golden Bears' defense honest.
At the end of the first quarter of play, Emmetsburg held a one-point, 14-13 lead. the two teams would trade buckets in the second quarter, but the shooting was sporadic as the Lady E-Hawks held a 21-19 advantage at the intermission.
Justine Kummer puts up a jumper over the Bishop Garrigan defense during play Thursday night in the Hall of Pride Challenge game. --Dan Voigt photo
The offensive play of both teams began to smooth out in the third quarter, with more shots finding their mark, but Emmetsburg was able to maintain their lead early, building up a seven-point advantage midway through the period before Bishop Garrigan closed the margin to trail 30-28 to start the final period.
The battle continued until 3:48 remained when Bishop Garrigan managed to tie the game at 31-31. Neither team would score over the next 2:00 until, with :59 to go, Paige Naig drained a jumper to put the Lady E-Hawks back on top by a 33-31 margin.
But with :49 to go, the Golden Bears came up with a three-point shot that would prove to be the game maker, giving them the 34-33 victory.
Emmetsburg was led by 14 points from Paige Naig, while Faith Schmidt added seven points. Justine Kummer tallied six points in the effort, with Hadley Egland, Kaity Degen and Jacque Carlson all adding two points each to the effort.