STORM?LAKE - Emmetsburg's E-Hawks ran into some good marksmanship from the Storm?Lake Tornadoes as they avenged an earlier season loss by handing the E-Hawks a 48-64 loss Tuesday night. The loss drops Emmetsburg to 5-10 on the season and 2-8 in the league.
A slow start for the E-Hawks offensively and torrid shooting by Storm Lake would make the first quarter a tough one for Emmetsburg, as they would trail 7-15 at the end of the first period of play. In the second quarter, the E-Hawks were able to get some shots to drop, but the Tornadoes up-tempo game and clinging defense got several stops and allowed Storm Lake to work their way out to a 31-18 advantage at the intermission.
Emmetsburg would come back in the second half, managing to cut Storm Lake's lead down to nine points late in the third quarter with some timely three-point shots by Michael Pugh, but the Tornadoes would manage to reply on their end of the court to lead by a dozen, 35-47, to start the final quarter.
GO?TO?THE?HOLE - E-Hawk Max Dunlap goes for a shot against Storm Lake’s Yach Deng during second half action Tuesday night. Dunlap would score four points for the E-Hawks in the loss to the Tornadoes. -- Dan Voigt photo
In the last frame, the E-Hawks continued to battle but Storm Lake had too many weapons that were able to score in response and went on to take the 64-48 win over the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would get an 18-point effort from Erik Drost, while Michael Pugh dropped in 12 points in the contest. Mike Myers added eight points to the effort, while Max Dunlap came off the bench to score four points. Brandon Elbert, Austin Krause and Shawn Erickson would all add a bucket each for two points to round out the scoring.
The task gets no easier for the E-Hawks as they return home Friday night to play host to the Wolfpack of Western Christian.
The season begins to wind down next week as the E-Hawks journey to Spirit Lake on Feb. 4 to take on the Indians, and then make the road trip to Cherokee on Feb. 7 to take on the Braves.