Lady E’Hawks Earn Split
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks fell to Storm Lake in a Lakes Conference girls matchup on Friday, but came back to steal a win over Armstrong-Ringsted in non-conference action to improve their season mark to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Lakes Conference.
On Friday, Emmetsburg ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Storm Lake, as the Tornadoes ran away from the Lady E’Hawks in the first quarter, taking a 20-4 lead over Emmetsburg at the end of the first frame. The Lady E’Hawks struggled against Storm Lake’s defense in the second quarter, but trailed 32-11 at the intermission.
In the second half, Emmetburg continued to work hard against the Tornadoes and trailed 50-21 to start the final quarter, but Storm Lake went on to record the 64-28 final margin of victory.
Emmetsburg got nine points from Paige Naig and eight points from Jackie Barnes in the effort. Bailee Moore tallied four points, while Hannah Reichert added three points off the bench. Morgan Vlasman and Nicole Leuer both scored two points to round out the effort.
Saturday evening the Lady E’Hawks ventured to Armstrong for a varsity contest with Armstrong-Ringsted and came away with a 40-36 win over the Lady Mustangs.
Emmetsburg struggled to get an offensive flow going in the contest, as Armstrong-Ringsted took a 10-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 20-13 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, Emmetsburg began putting more defensive pressure on the Mustangs, and began hitting the boards harder. On the other end of the floor, the Lady E’Hawks started getting some offensive boards and began cutting into Armstrong-Ringsted’s lead, outscoring the Lady mustangs 15-8 in the quarter to tie the game at 28-28 to start the final quarter.
Emmetsburg would edge out to a 39-36 lead with just over 2:00 to play, but Armstrong-Ringsted continued to battle away. But, with :23, to go, Paige Naig went to the line for a one-and-one, making the first shot for a 40-36 lead.
Armstrong-Ringsted would race down court and put up a pair of desperation three-point shots that bounced off the iron. Tiffany Wollum was fouled on a rebound, but missed the shots. However, it was too little too late for the Mustangs as they couldn’t get the ball downcourt to get off a last shot, allowing Emmetsburg to record the 40-36 win.
Tiffany Wollum led Emmetsburg’s offensive effort with 11 points, while Jackie Barnes and Mollie Smith both scored nine points. Paige Naig added seven points and Bailee Moore came away with four points in the win.