Lady E’Hawks Bow Out In District Final
MILFORD – Despite a spirited effort and a refusal to surrender, Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks saw their basketball season come to a close Tuesday night in a 65-30 defeat. The Class 2A District title loss gives Coach John Kennedy’s ballclub a final season mark of 4-19 for a young team that worked hard throughout the season.
“I thought we played a good game against a powerful team,” Kennedy noted following the season-ender. “They have so many weapons, but the girls kept their intensity up and played hard.”
Both teams started a little tentatively in the opening quarter, but the experience and quickness of the Okoboji squad would soon begin to take hold. After trading a few baskets with the Pioneers, Emmetsburg ran into a stretch of turnovers forced by aggressive defense on the part of the Pioneers, who were able to capitalize on the mistakes and take a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The up-tempo style of Okoboji continued to bother the Lady E’Hawks, but at the same time, Okoboji was having some struggles of its own on the boards and with some bunny shots that would sail over the rim and into the hands of Emmetsburg rebounders. However, the Lady E’Hawks were finding the bucket to be a scarce commodity in the second frame, as they only scored four points to trail 33-12 at the intermission.
Emmetsburg’s offensive fortunes started to come around slightly in the third quarter, as the Lady E’Hawks began to find the bucket again after the long, dry spell. Emmetsburg’s defense continued to bother Okoboji with some missed shots and rebounds taken away from the Pioneers, but Okobobji’s pressure defense would force turnovers or steal passes in return and capitalize on the turnovers.
But, Emmetsburg refused to concede anything. Fouls began to creep into the Lady E’Hawks’ game plan in the third as Kayla Herbers picked up her fourth foul with just under 3:00 to go in the quarter. Tiffany Wollum would soon pick up her third foul as the quarter wound down, but Emmetsburg had fought hard to trail 50-23 at the end of the quarter.
For the final quarter, the two teams continued to battle back and forth with several scrambles for loose balls as the clock ticked down.
With just over 3:30 to go in the game, Coach Kennedy cleared his bench and brought the starters in to give the reserves some playing time. With the clock ticking down, Frankie Schmidt would pop in a long two-pointer from the right side to beat the buzzer for the 65-30 final score.
Bailee Moore led the effort with 12 points, while Maddison Woodruff added five points to the tally. Kayla Herbers chipped in four points, as did Frankie Schmidt coming off the bench. Mollie Smith added three points to the Emmetsburg scoring effort and Molly Clasing capped off her prep career for the Lady E’Hawks with two points.