Back-to-back games for the Emmetsburg basketball teams resulted in three wins for the E-Hawks, as the Lady E-Hawks won both their games while the E-Hawk boys earned a split to start the final week of the regular season.
Monday evening Emmetsburg traveled to West Bend to take on the Lady Wolverines and came away with a 58-49 victory in the in-county battle.
The Lady E-Hawks would trail WBM/GCB 9-11 after the first quarter, but came back to take a 29-23 lead at the intermission. In the third quarter, Emmetsburg would extend the lead to 42-35 and would hold off a determined Lady Wolverine rally for the 58-49 win.
TO?THE?HOLE - E-Hawk Austin Krause goes to the hole for a bucket in Emmetsburg’s 59-57 win over Estherville Lincoln Central Tuesday night. -- Dan Voigt photo
Emmetsburg was led by Ashton Connelly's 24 points, while Tegan Olson added 16 points. Alexa Naig scored nine, while Michaela Rehm added four tallies. Kate Jackson drained a three pointer and Hadley Egland scored two points.
For the Lady Wolverines, Lauren Link led the effort with 18 points while Ashley Schmidt added 12 points. Cassie Gearhart scored nine points, while Portlind Schmidt added four points and Tayler Fogarty and Taylor Elbert both scored three points in the win.
For the Emmetsburg boys, it was a different story on Monday as West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate would earn the 67-45 win over their county counterparts.
The Wolverines jumped on the E-Hawks from the outset, taking a 14-6 lead after the opening quarter of action, and Emmetsburg struggled to score against the Wolverines as WBM/GCB extended their lead to a 28-18 margin at half time.
In the second half, the Wolverines got some big three-point shots from Jordan Buhs as the E-Hawks could not get closer than nine points, trailing 35-46 to start the final quarter, but the Wolverines would go on to cruise to the end of the game for the 67-45 win over the E-Hawks.
WBM/GCB?was led by the 20-point effort of Jason Zinnel and the 18 points of Jordan Buhs. Cole Banwart added nine points, while Jesse Zinnel scored eight points. Brady Jenson tallied seven points, while Nolan (Whitty) Dahlhauser added four points and Jack Banwart dropped in a free throw.
For the E-hawks, Erik Drost had 13 points, while Austin Krause added eight points. Michael Pugh and Mike Myers both scored seven points each, with Thomas Schultes and Max Dunlap both scoring three points and Brandon Elbert and Steve Huang each adding two points.
Tuesday night saw the Lakes Conference season come to a close in Estherville.
The Lady E-Hawks struggled offensively in their game with the Midgets, but earned a 33-28 win over Estherville Lincoln Central.
Emmetsburg would take a 9-2 lead after the first quarter and then lead 18-10 at the half, but in the second half, ELC?fought their way back into the contest, cutting the lead to 25-20. In the final quarter Emmetsburg held off a determined effort by the Midgets for the 33-28 victory.
Ashton Connelly and Alexa Naig would both score 11 points each in the win, while Bailey Naig tallied seven points and Tegan Olson and Hadley Egland both scored two points each.
For the E-Hawks, things looked tough to start the game, as ELC jumped out to a 13-9 lead after one quarter, but the E-Hawks fought back to take a 29-21 lead at the break. In the second half, the two teams battled back and forth, matching bucket for bucket as ELC?retook the lead for a 45-43 advantage to start the final quarter, but down the stretch, free throws became crucial, as Mike Myers would sink a free throw with :05.1 to go to put the E-Hawks up 59-57. A last second shot by ELC?fell short as Emmetsburg escaped with the win.
Erik Drost led the attack with 19 points, while Austin Krause added 12 points. Max Dunlap scored nine and Shawn Erickson added eight tallies, while Michael Pugh and Zach Anderson both scored two points in the win.