Any time you meet up with Western Christian, you're guaranteed a tough battle, no matter the sport. Both the Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks were tested on Friday night and gave solid efforts despite falling to the visiting Wolfpack.
For the Lady E-Hawks, a slow start against the pressure defense of Western Christian would eventually lead to a 65-31 loss that dropped Emmetsburg to 9-7 overall, with a 7-4 mark in the Lakes Conference.
Emmetsburg would have trouble shaking off a slow start offensively, and coupled with the pressure defense of the Wolfpack, fell behind 21-6 after one quarter of play and 35-12 at the intermission.
The third quarter would see limited offensive production for the Lady E-Hawks, as they trailed 59-18 before coming away with the 65-31 final score.
Ashton Connelly would lead Emmetsburg's offense with 13 points, while Tegan Olson followed with 10 points. Bailey Naig added four markers, while Alexa Naig chipped in three points and Hadley Egland make a free throw for one point.
The boys game would turn into a three-point basket derby as both teams would see the long ball come into play for most of the contest, as 25 three-pointers would be scored in the contest by the two ball clubs.
The first quarter was an evenly-fought battle, with Emmetsburg trailing by a trio, 19-22, when the quarter came to a close. In the second frame, Western Christian managed to gain some breathing room over the E-Hawks, moving out to a 48-32 lead at the half-time break.
IN the second half, Western Christian jumped out to take a 68-41 lead at the end of the third quarter of play, and then would go on to cruise out to the 89-66 final margin of victory over Emmetsburg.
For the E-Hawks, half of their scoring came from the three-point shot, as Emmetsburg's shooters knocked down 11 of the long shots.
Erik Drost tallied 19 points in the effort, while Austin Krause dropped in 18 points. Michael Pugh nailed 16 points, with Mike Myers adding 11 points and Max Dunlap scoring two points.
The loss drops the E-Hawks to a mark of 5-11 overall and 2-9 in the Lakes Conference race.
Next up for Emmetsburg is a visit to Spirit Lake tonight (Tuesday) and then a road trip to Cherokee on Friday night as the regular season begins to wind down.
Next Week, Emmetsburg will travel to West Bend-Mallard on Monday, Feb. 10, and then travel to ELC on Tuesday, Feb. 11, before closing out their week on Thursday, Feb. 13. by hosting Manson Northwest Webster for Parents Night.