E-Hawks, Titans Split Hardwood Matchups
RUTHVEN – In the first Twin Lakes Conference basketball matchup of the season, Emmetsburg and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire met up Friday night in Ruthven. At the end of an action-filled night, the two teams would split the night’s events, played in front of a capacity crowd.
The girls’ matchup saw Emmetsburg earn a 52-47 win to hand the Titan girls their first loss of the season.
But in the boys game, GT/RA would cruise to a 59-30 win over the E-Hawks.
For the girls’ contest, the two teams would get off to slow starts offensively, with each club scoring seven points in the opening stanza. Emmetsburg would edge out to a 26-21 lead by the end of the second quarter for the five-point advantage at the intermission.
Emmetsburg outscored the Titans by a point in the third quarter, 11-10, to post a 37-31 lead, but in the final quarter, GT/RA came battling back, tying the game at 39-39 with 5:19 to play off a Madison Hough bucket.
The scoring slowed for the next few minutes, but Emmetsburg gradually worked out to a 47-41 lead with :48 to go in the game.
Madison Norris cut the margin to three after a three-point bucket at 47-44, but after a quick exchange of possessions and an Emmetsburg bucket, Molly Schany would get a free throw to put the Lady E-Hawks up 50-47 with :23 to play.
Taylor Park would drop in a trey with :10 to go to cut Emmetsburg’s lead to 50-47, but a late foul put Abbie Schany on the charity stripe where she sank both shots for the 52-47 final.
For Emmetsburg, Molly Schany scored 16 points and Abbie Schany added 14 markers, while Raven Brown and Lindsay Carter both tallied 10 points each and Gretchen Hofstad added two points.
For the Titans, Maddy Norris tallied 13 points, while Toni Alesch added 12 points. Maddy Hough added eight points and Taylor Park scored seven, while Emma Heinrichs added five points and Anna Sorenson chipped in two points.
The boys game belonged to the Titans as their pressure defense caused numerous turnovers for the E-Hawks all game long. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire jumped out to a 15-7 lead after one quarter and took a comfortable 38-15 lead at the half.
Emmetsburg would continue to struggle offensively in the second half, trailing 47-22 at the end of the third quarter and the Titans would cruise on to take the 59-30 final margin of victory.
For GT/RA, Tommy Geelan and Tyson Kruse both scored 11 points each, while Jacob Conlon and Chris Conlon both scored 10 points each. Kadin Norris came off the bench to add nine points and Brady Rosacker added eight points.
Emmetsburg would get seven points from Corbin Saathoff and six points from Hunter McAllister, while Blake VerMulm added five points. Ben Dunlap came off the bench to tally five points and Tim Geelan scored four points. and Zach Mason tallied three points.