SPIRIT?LAKE - Despite solid efforts on both ends of the court, Emmetsburg made a long cold ride home from Spirit Lake Tuesday night with a pair of losses. In the girls' contest, Emmetsburg fought valiantly but was outshot by Spirit Lake in a 44-58 loss, while the boys' match up saw the E-Hawks battle closely but a late run would give the Indians the 54-42 win over the E-Hawks.
For the Lady E-Hawks, a quick start put Emmetsburg up 6-0 before Spirit Lake got the ball in the basket for their first point. The rest of the first quarter would be an exercise in defense, as both teams struggled to find the bucket the rest of the quarter, but it was Emmetsburg that held a 9-8 lead to end the first quarter of play.
But in the second quarter, Spirit Lake began finding its shooting touch, and a couple of timely three-point shots would allow the Indians to edge past the Lady E-Hawks and eventually take a lead of 24-18 at the half time break.
OUTSIDE?SHOT - E-Hawk Austin Krause lets fly with three-pointer against the defense of Spirit Lake’s Alec Henrickson in Tuesday’s meeting of the two teams. Krause would score six points in the game. -- Dan Voigt photo
In the second half, Emmetsburg's shooting touch would slip slightly, as Spirit Lake would outscore the Lady E-Hawks by an 18-14 margin to post a 42-32 advantage going into the final quarter. Down the stretch, Emmetsburg would rally, cutting Spirit Lake's lead down to six points, but then a flurry by the Indians would allow them to slip back to take the 14 point, 58-44 win.
Ashton Connelly led Emmetsburg with 16 points, while Tegan Olson added 14 markers. Alexa Naig dropped in seven points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Bailey Naig scored five points and Michaela Rehm added two points as Emmetsburg fell to 9-8 on the season.
For the E-Hawks, the story was much the same, only the E-Hawks would trail 10-16 at the end of the first quarter of play.
The two teams settled in during the second quarter, as the defenses tightened up on both ends of the court, limiting each offense to just six points in the quarter for a 22-16 tally at the intermission, with Emmetsburg still very much in the game.
Emmetsburg came out of the locker room to start the third quarter on a mission, and the offense worked well as the E-Hawks outscored Spirit Lake 21-18 in the quarter to cut the deficit to a trio at 40-37 to start the final quarter. But down the stretch, Spirit Lake would use free throws, something the E-Hawks never got to shoot in the entire game, to help put the game away for the 54-42 win.
Michael Pugh led Emmetsburg with 15 points, while Mike Myers added 10 points. Erik Drost would knock down eight points, with Austin Krause adding six points and Brandon Elbert chipped in three points.
The E-Hawks fall to 5-12 on the season as they prepare for another road trip this Friday night when Cherokee is the destination for a girl-boy doubleheader.