E’Hawks Edged At Sheldon
SHELDON – In a hotly contested matchup between two teams, someone will have to lose – and on Friday night, it was the misfortune of the Emmetsburg E’Hawks to come up on the wrong end of a 56-55 score against Sheldon. The one-point loss dropped Emmetsburg to a 2-3 mark in Lakes Conference play and 3-4 on the season.
In a game that seemed to mirror their loss to Western Christian on Tuesday, the E’Hawks played well through three quarters, but a cold spell in the third quarter would prove to be too much to overcome.
Emmetsburg started out quickly in the contest, taking a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, despite an early 6-0 lead by the Orabs on a pair of three-pointers. In the second quarter, the E’Hawks played solid defense, taking Sheldon’s inside game away and making the outside shot tenuous at best. In the meantime, the E’Hawks were getting shots to drop and some free throws on their way to posting a 31-24 lead at the intermission.
But in the third quarter, the cold outside invaded Emmetsburg’s defense. The E’Hawks would score just four points in the quarter, while Sheldon uncorked 19 points to slide past the E’Hawks for a 43-35 lead to start the final quarter.
But Emmetsburg clawed its way back into the game. Tyler Kliegl hit a pair of three-pointers to help the E’Hawks come back and tie the game at 55-55 with 1:00 to go. The two teams worked the clock down until Sheldon went to the charity stripe with :04 to go. The Orabs got one shot for a 56-55 lead that would hold despite a furious attempt by the E’Hawks that ended with a traveling call as the final horn sounded on a Kliegl jumper for the loss.
Tyler Kliegl would lead Emmetsburg in the valiant effort with 20 points, while Trevor Dettmann added 10 points. Jack Geelan and Ryan Wuebker both added eight points to the coffers, while Tommy Kuecker had six points and Brett Wollum added a three pointer for three.
Trevor Dettmann grabbed nine rebounds, made three steals and blocked two shots, while Brett Wollum dished out five assists and Kliegl added four helpers to the cause.
After a non-conference matchup on Saturday at Okoboji, the E’Hawks will close out this part of the season on Friday when they host LeMars in a Lakes Conference matchup.