Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks hosted the Midgets of Estherville Lincoln Central in a pair of Lakes Conference basketball games Tuesday night.
For the Lady E-Hawks, it was tough night offensively as they fell by a 45-11 score to the ELC?girls. The E-Hawks battled the Midgets closely in their contest but fell short in a 54-48 final tally.
The Lady E-Hawks found Estherville Lincoln Central's swarming defense to be almost insurmountable during Tuesday night's contest, but Emmetsburg was able to get some defensive licks of their own in the contest. Neither team set the world on fire offensively in the first quarter, as ELC?would post a 9-2 lead after the opening frame, but in the second quarter, the Midgets began to find their long-range shooting and moved out to a 16-point, 21-5 advantage at the halftime intermission.
Emmetsburg was able to get several rebounds and deny the Midgets second shot opportunities in the first half, but in the second half, the Midgets would continued their defensive effort in the second half.
Once again, Emmetsburg was limited to a free throw in the third period while the Midgets added 11 points to their total to take a 32-6 lead into the final quarter of play. Emmetsburg would come up with five points in the final 8:00 as Estherville Lincoln Central would go on to earn the 45-11 victory.
For Emmetsburg, Ashton Connelly and Hadley Egland both scored four points in the effort, while Alexa Naig added three points to the total.
The boys contest was a little closer as the E-Hawks jumped out to an early lead in their game with the Midgets, taking a 13-10 lead at the end of the opening quarter of play.
Baskets were traded back and forth in the second quarter, but Estherville Lincoln Central was able to edge out to a four-point, 23-19 lead at the half-time break off a couple of timely three-point baskets in the quarter.
The second half opened with Emmetsburg going to the foul line to shoot technical fouls assessed against the ELC?bench, and after the free shots were taken, the action resumed, with ELC?being able to drop the occasional three-pointer in the hole to edge away from t the E-Hawks whenever Emmetsburg would get close.
Trailing 32-38 to start the final quarter, Emmetsburg would continued to battle hard, matching the ELC?shots, but three-point shots would continue to allow the Midgets a slim margin that they would take to the 54-48 final win over Emmetsburg.
For the E-Hawks, Jake Jackson ripped the nets for 20 points, while Erik Drost added 14 points to Emmetsburg's tally. Michael Pugh scored nine points and Mike Myers added five points.
Both the E-Hawks and Lady E-Hawks continue the second swing through the Lakes Conference on Friday night when they make the road trip to LeMars.