St. Edmonds Next Foe
BRITT – Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks proved that the best time of the year to peak is at tournament time as they came up with a minor upset in defeating West Hancock 74-55 in Class 2A District semifinal play on Thursday night. However, the next challenge could be the biggest of the entire season as Mike Brennan’s troops will meet the Gaels of Fort Dodge St. Edmond’s in the District title game tonight (Tuesday) at Algona High School.
Game time will be at 7 p.m.
“We played very well on Thursday,”?noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan. “The kids played solid defense and were patient on the offensive end. We just need to keep our intensity and focus going.”
It didn’t take long for the E’Hawks to get going on Thursday night, as they quickly jumped out to an early lead and would never look back against the Eagles, posting a 19-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Emmetsburg would continue to control the game in the second quarter, even as West Hancock began to find their offense, but the E’Hawks would outscore the Eagles 15-13 for a 34-23 lead at the half time break.
In the second half, the two teams would tighten things up a notch, as West Hancock began matching the E’Hawks bucket for bucket in the third quarter, with both teams adding 17 points to their totals, but Emmetsburg still held a 51-40 advantage to start the final quarter.
Emmetsburg would capture a little spark in the final quarter and outscored West Hancock by a 17-15 tally to post the 74-55 final score.
A balanced attack was led by Langston Jones with 23 points, while Trevor Dettmann recorded the double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Wuebker would kick in 13 points and Cory Schultes came off the bench to add 12 points to the tally. Tyler Kliegl chipped in six points and Tommy Kuecker added two points to the effort.
Langston Jones dished out six assists on the night, while Cory Schultes made four steals in the win.
“You always want your team to peak at tournament time,”?Brennan said, “I’d say we’re hitting that peak at exactly the right time of the season.”