Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks battled hard in a pair of losses to Cherokee on Friday night. The rigors of the Lakes Conference allow little time off, as Emmetsburg hosts Estherville Lincoln Central tonight (Tuesday) and then takes to the road on Friday to visit LeMars.
In Friday's game, Emmetsburg's girls had a hard time getting out of the gate, as they would trail Cherokee by a 19-7 tally after the first quarter of play. In the second frame, Emmetsburg started to find the offense, outscoring Cherokee 6-3 in the quarter to trail 22-13 at the intermission.
The Lady E-Hawks doubled their offensive production of the first half during the third quarter, scoring 13 points, but the Braves were able to add 16 of their own to maintain a 38-26 lead to go into the final quarter.
Emmetsburg would come out fighting and started carving away at Cherokee's lead, but would run out of time as the Braves escaped with the 47-40 win.
For Emmetsburg, Ashton Connelly had 20 points, while Tegan Olson added seven points and Hadley Egland came away with six tallies. Alexa Naig scored four points, Michaela Rehm tallied two points and Whitney Kibbie sank a free throw.
The E'Hawks started their game with the Braves out on a positive note, taking a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Braves would hang around and edged past the E-Hawks for a 27-23 lead at the intermission.
Emmetsburg would struggle offensively in the third quarter, making just 13 points as the Braves continued to hold a lead of five points, 41-36, at the end of the quarter.
In the final stanza, the E-Hawks couldn't come any closer as their shots wouldn't fall and the Braves held on to earn the 50-43 win over Emmetsburg.
For the E-Hawks, Erik Drost led the efforts with 16 points while Michael Pugh added 13 tallies. Jake Jackson added in eight points, with Austin Krause chipping in four points and Mike Myers scoring two points.