Tough Road Loss For E’Hawks
LEMARS – It was a long ride home for the Emmetsburg E’Hawks on Friday night, as they came up shot in a 59-55 loss to LeMars in Lakes Conference boys basketball action. The loss drops Emmetsburg to 7-7 in the league and 10-8 overall as the season begins to tick away.
Fouls would play a crucial role in the outcome of Friday’s game, as the E’Hawks were whistled for 17 fouls, while LeMars only got the whistle on seven occasions. The Bulldogs took advantage of the disparity, making 11 of their 17 free throws, while Emmetsburg made just three of their seven trips to the charity stripe.
The E’Hawks came out of the chute playing well, taking a 10-2 lead quickly before LeMars could regroup, and then scored seven unanswered points before the E’Hawks could post the 12-9 lead to end the quarter. But, with Emmetsburg already having five fouls at the end of the quarter, the tone was set early for the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs took the lead early in the second quarter, but the two teams battled back and forth before Emmetsburg scraped out a 33-30 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, Emmetsburg’s shooting declined as the two teams traded buckets again to leave the score knotted at 44-44 to start the final period.
The fouls continued to add up for the E’Hawks in the final quarter, as Trevor Dettmann and Ryan Wuebker would both watch the finish of the game from the bench after collecting five fouls each.
However, the E’Hawks tied the score up at 55-55 with 1:31 to go, but LeMars was able to grab a bucket and make free throws to snatch the win away from the E’Hawks.
Trevor Dettmann would lead the E’Hawks with 15 points before fouling out in the final period, while Tyler Kliegl added 14 points to the effort. Brett Wollum scored nine points, all from the arc, while Ryan Wuebker came away with seven points before leaving the game. Jack Geelan hit a pair of three’s for six points and Langston Jones added four points to the E’Hawks’ efforts.
With their game against Sioux Central postponed due to inclement weather on Monday, the E’Hawks travel to Spencer tonight (Tuesday) for the final meeting of the season against the Tigers.