Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks found the LeMars teams to be quite the challenge on Friday night as both girls and boys squads went down in defeat.
Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks would fall to the Bulldogs by a 55-23 score on Friday night, while the E-Hawks were defeated 74-34 in the nightcap of the doubleheader at Emmetsburg.
Cold shooting and an aggressive LeMars defense combined to hold Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks in check in the girls' contest. Emmetsburg would trail 22-4 after the first quarter, but doubled their offense in the second quarter to trail 38-12 at the intermission, despite having Hadley Egland on the bench with three fouls early in the second frame.
Following the intermission, LeMars continued to play tough defense and were able to make their shots, while Emmetsburg struggled to get the offense on track, making just one bucket in the quarter to trail 50-14 with the 35-point clock rule in effect through most of the quarter.
The clock would run non-stop in the final frame as the Lady E-Hawks managed to put nine points into their coffers for the 55-23 final tally.
For Emmetsburg, Ashton Connelly would come away with nine points, while Alexa Naig added six points to the effort. Michaela Rehm tallied four points, with Whitney Kibbie adding two points and Kaity Mason scoring two points off the bench.
For the E-Hawk boys, the story was much the same in the nightcap. With LeMars' senior-dominated squad shooting lights-out in the opening quarter, Emmetsburg would trail 3013 at the end of the first quarter. The E-Hawks started to get their game going in the second quarter, as they were able to stay closer to the Bulldogs, but trailed by a 48-25 margin at the half-time break.
In the third quarter, Emmetsburg's offense went stone cold, as the E-Hawks could only collect six points while LeMars tossed in 19 more points to take a 67-31 advantage at the end of the third frame that would bring the running clock rule into effect in the final quarter.
LeMars continued to stymie the best efforts of the E-Hawks in the final quarter, holding Emmetsburg to three points for the 74-34 final margin in the contest.
For Emmetsburg, Jake Jackson led the scoring with 17 points, while Michael Pugh contributed six points. Erik Drost added five points tot he effort, while Austin Krause chipped in four points and Brandon Elbert added a bucket for two points.
The dismal shooting for Emmetsburg, coupled with the LeMars defense, held Emmetsburg to just 11 field goals on the night in the loss.
The road to the holiday break gets no easier this week, as on Monday the boys and girls traveled to Lake Park and then return home Tuesday night to host Spencer in league play. On Friday, Storm Lake comes to Emmetsburg for a Lakes Conference doubleheader and the week will wrap up Saturday evening when Emmetsburg hosts South Central Calhoun in a boy girl doubleheader slated for a 4:45 tipoff.