SPIRIT?LAKE - A furious rally sparked by senior Jake Jackson ran out of time Friday night for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks as they fell 53-56 to Spirit Lake. Jackson would score a game-high 31 points in the losing effort for the E-Hawks.
The E-Hawks opened the game with a cold hand, as Spirit Lake quickly jumped out to a 10-point lead, but Emmetsburg found some shots late in the quarter to trail 18-10 at the end of the opening stanza.
Emmetsburg would continue to struggle against Spirit Lake's defense in the second quarter, and the Indians made use of some good outside shooting to post a 33-21 lead a the half-time break.
In the third frame, Emmetsburg continued to battle against the Indians pressure defense, but trailed 47-31 to start the final period.
But senior Jake Jackson had other ideas. Jackson started hitting from outside the arc, dropping several treys and then mixing up the offense with some drives tot he hoop that gradually erased the 16-point deficit down to three points, but a final try at a three-point shot to tie the game would miss, allowing the Indians to hold off the rally attempt for the 56-53 win over Emmetsburg.
Jake Jackson would score 31 points in the career outing, while Erik Drost added eight points. Austin Krause and Michael Pugh both chipped in six points each and Mike Myers tallied two points to round out the effort.
In the girls' contest, Emmetsburg got off to a slow start as well, as the Indians would put forth a full-court pressure defense from the opening tipoff. Spirit Lake would post a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter as the Lady E-Hawks fought through the press.
But in the second quarter, the press caused Emmetsburg lots of difficulties, holding the Lady E-Hawks to just four points, while Spirit Lake would add 18 points to their tally to take a 31-12 lead at the intermission.
Emmetsburg would come out in the second half and managed to find some success on the offensive end, scoring nine points while the Indians doubled up the effort for a 49-21 lead to start the final quarter.
The Lady E-Hawks continued to battle in the final frame and were able to score 12 points for the 33-60 final tally.
Alexa Naig would lead Emmetsburg's offense with 18 points on the night, while Ashton Connelly added nine points. Whitney Kibbie chipped in four points and Hadley Egland added two points to the final tally.
Emmetsburg will travel to Cherokee tonight (Tuesday) to wrap up the Lakes Conference season and then travel to Manson on Friday, Feb. 8, for non-conference matchups against the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster.