STORM?LAKE - There's an adage that pays tribute to defense in sports - "Defense Wins Championships, the Offense decides by how much."
An outstanding defensive effort by Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks on Friday led to a lop-sided 56-19 win over Storm Lake on the road. The victory evens the Lady E-Hawks at 2-2 in the Lakes Conference race and 5-2 overall as they prepare to end the first half of the season at Okoboji this Thursday night in a non-conference matchup.
Emmetsburg was exceptionally stingy in the first quarter, holding Storm Lake scoreless while taking a 14-0 advantage, and finally surrendering a three-point bucket to the Tornadoes with just :38 to go in the first half as they enjoyed a 28-3 advantage at the intermission.
Emmetsburg’s Kaity Degen and Ashton Connelly, back, put trapping pressure on a Storm Lake player in Friday’s 56-19 win over the Tornadoes to improve to 2-2 in the Lakes Conference. --Dan Voigt photo.
The second half would be much like the first, with Emmetsburg making the offense tough for Storm Lake, who would hit two more trey's and a bucket to make the score 41-11 to end the third quarter.
Storm Lake would get an additional eight points in the final stanza as Coach John Kennedy went to his bench in the final quarter to let the Lady E-Hawk reserves ice the 56-19 win.
Paige Naig would lead all scorers with 22 points, while Ashton Connelly and Faith Schmidt both added nine points and Jacque Carlson scored eight off the bench. Alexa Naig, Kaity Degen, Taylor Reimer and Madison Reimer all scored two points in the final tally.