HARTLEY - A trip out of the Lakes Conference race proved refreshing for the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawk and E-Hawk teams Tuesday night as they swept a doubleheader from the Hawks of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
The Lady E-Hawks collected a 36-29 win over the Hawks to improve to 7-5 on the season. The Emmetsburg E-Hawks would score a 49-46 victory over HMS to improve their season mark to 5-6.
The opening quarter of the girls game saw both teams struggle to get any kind of offensive, let alone defensive flow going. Emmetsburg would lead when the first eight minutes of play had concluded, but a 7-4 lead would be indictive of the rest of the contest.
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn would outscore Emmetsburg in the second quarter, albeit it 5-3, but the Lady E-Hawks stubbornly held a 10-9 lead at the intermission as both teams hit the lockerrooms for some strategy readjustments.
The Lady E-Hawks would come out to start the second quarter with more motivation and a better sense of offense, as they scored 14 points to take a 24-18 lead into the final frame. In the last quarter, Emmetsburg would pound the ball inside to come away with the 36-29 victory.
Paige Naig would lead Emmetsburg's scoring with 11 points, while Ashton Connelly, Kaity Degen and Hadley Egland all added six points each to the total. Alexa Naig scored four points and Faith Schmidt chipped in three points.
For Coach Mike Brennan's E-Hawks, all of their losses this season have been by three or four point margins, with the E-Hawks being in a position to win every game.
Tuesday, the E-Hawks trailed 11-10 after the opening quarter against the Hawks of HMS, but that would not last. Emmetsburg overtook the Hawks in the second quarter and posted a 26-20 lead at the half time break.
Coming out of the intermission, Emmetsburg would put forth a strong defensive effort in the third quarter, limiting Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn to just nine points. In the meantime, the E-Hawks added 12 points to their total to take a 38-29 lead to start the final stanza.
HMS?would make a run at the E-Hawks down the stretch, but came up three points short for the 49-46 final tally.
Emmetsburg was led by the 16 point effort of Michael Wolff, while Ryan Kliegl added 11 points. Marcus Akridge scored eight points and Zach Overberg tallied seven points, with Jake Carlson chipping in four points and Brady Berkland adding three points to the tally.