When the ball doesn't fall, it's hard to score points in basketball. For Emmetsburg's E-Hawks, an answer to shots not falling is high on the wish list after a pair of losses last week.
The E-Hawks lost a 41-53 contest to non-conference opponent Okoboji on Thursday night and then came home to run into a buzzsaw against Spencer on Friday, falling in a 32-73 Lakes Conference setback.
The losses drop the E-Hawks to 5-9 overall on the year and 2-7 in the Lakes.
OVER?THE?TOP - Austin Krause shoots over Spencer’s Tanner Morris during play Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo
Traveling to Milford on Thursday, the E-Hawks played evenly with the Pioneers in the opening quarter, as the score was deadlocked at 11-11 to end the first stanza. But in the second quarter, the shooting woes began to start. Emmetsburg would tally just six points in the quarter, while Okoboji took a five-point, 22-17 lead at the half.
In the second half, it was more of the same for Emmetsburg, as they only put seven points on the scoreboard in the third frame, while Okoboji moved out to take a 38-24 advantage to start the final quarter.
Emmetsburg would find their offense in the fourth stanza, as they outscored Okoboji 17-15, but the two low scoring quarters were too much to overcome as the Pioneers took the 53-41 win.
Emmetsburg would get 16 points from Erik Drost, while Thomas Schultes came away with 10 points. Austin Krause added six points, while Mike Myers tallied five points. Michael Pugh and Max Dunlap both scored two points each to round out the scoring.
Returning home on Friday night to entertain the Spencer Tigers, Emmetsburg fell into a hole quickly as the Tigers put up four quick three-point shots that allowed them to jump out to a 26-9 lead over the E-Hawks at the end of the first quarter. Emmetsburg put up shot after shot in the opening quarter, only to see the ball roll off the rim or glance away.
The torrid pace continued in the second quarter, as the E-Hawks continued to struggle to get the ball to fall in the hole as Spencer claimed a 48-20 lead at halftime.
The second half saw Spencer's defense take a step up as they held Emmetsburg to just eight points in the third quarter as the E-Hawks trailed 67-28 to start the final quarter. But, another barrage of three-point shots from the Tigers to add to their total of 11 long-range buckets would spell doom for the E-Hawks, along with smothering defense from the Tigers limited Emmetsburg to just four points in the final quarter and the 73-32 final score.
Erik Drost and Thomas Schultes both scored eight points each in the loss, while Michael Pugh added six points. Zach Anderson came off the bench to add four tough points, while Shawn Erickson had three points. Austin Krause and Max Dunlap both tallied two points each and Luke Jackson added a free throw to round out the scoring.
The E-Hawks continue Lakes Conference action tonight (Tuesday) with a trip to Storm Lake to take on the Tornadoes and then return home on Friday to host Western Christian.