The Lakes Conference hardwood openers for both the Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks of Emmetsburg were rough outings on Tuesday night. The Lady E-Hawks fell to Estherville Lincoln Central by a 55-23 score and the E-Hawks were edged in a 46-42 final tally at Estherville on Tuesday night.
In the girls contest, Emmetsburg fell behind to the defending state champion Midgets early and could never recover, as they trailed 22-3 at the end of the first quarter. The lady E-Hawks fought back in the second quarter and stayed with Estherville Lincoln Central to trail 34-14 at the intermission. Estherville Lincoln Central would take a 48-23 lead at the end of the third quarter, and in the final quarter, Emmetsburg was held scoreless as the Midgets went on to take the 55-23 victory.
For Emmetsburg, Ashton Connelly returned to the lineup after an injury to score 14 points. Whitney Kibbie added four points, while Michaela Rehm and Hadley Egland both added two points and Alexa Naig added a free throw for one point.
The boys game didn't fare any better for the E-Hawks. After a narrow win in their season opener a week earlier, the E-Hawks found their offense almost non-existant in the first quarter as they trailed 17-6 at the end of the quarter, but found their offense to close the margin to a 10 point deficit, 27-17, at the intermission.
The E-Hawks managed to score 10 points in the third quarter as Estherville Lincoln Central added a dozen points to their total for 39-27 lead to start the final quarter.
In the final quarter, Emmetsburg fought back and chipped away at the Midgets' lead, cutting the deficit down to four points at 44-40 with 1:00 to play.
But a pair of costly turnovers in the final minute would deny the E-Hawks as they fell by the 46-42 tally.
Austin Krause led the E-Hawks with 12 points, while Mike Myers had 11. Jake Jackson and Erik Drost both added six points while Michael Pugh had five points and Brandon Elbert tallied two points.