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E’Hawks’ Postseason Dance Ends Too Soon

By Staff | Feb 26, 2009

THE?DREAMS?ENDS?QUIETLY - Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks quietly file out of the Algona gym after their season came to a close in the Class 2A District Final against St. Edmonds’ of Fort Dodge on Tuesday night. The E’Hawks would close their season with a mark of 10-15 overall. -- Dan Voigt photo

ALGONA – A great start wouldn’t hold up for the Emmetsburg E’Hawks in their 2A?District Final game with St. Edmond’s of Forth Dodge on ?Tuesday. After taking an early lead over the unbeaten Gaels, Emmetsburg’s shooting fortunes went south as the E’Hawks saw their season en end in a 51-43 loss to St. Eds.

“We played hard, and that’s the way we’ve played the whole second half of the season,” Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan said. “St. Edmond is a quality program that deserves to moving on, but we were very competitive against them. A play here or there and we’d still be dancing.”

The E’Hawks run in the post season had been building up to Tuesday’s game, after wins against Humboldt and West Hancock last week.

The E’Hawks, with a 10-14 mark going into Tuesday’s game, set the tone early. Emmetsburg made eight straight shots to start the game and take a 15-10 lead with just under 2:00 to go in the opening stanza. A three-pointer by Langston Jones would give the E’Hawks an 18-13 lead to start the second quarter.

But St. Edmonds would come battling back, taking their first lead of the night with 3:19 to go in the half as the E’Hawks’ shooting touch failed them.

STEP IT?UP! - Emmetsburg’s Tyler Kliegl avoids a leg sweep by St. Edmonds’ Brian Sandvig as he drives to the basket during action in Tuesday’s Class 2A District final against St. Edmonds of Fort Dodge at Algona. The E’Hawks would give St.Edmonds everything they wanted and then some, but couldnt’ keep their post season run alive as they fell to the Gaels by a 51-43 msrgin. Kliegl would score eight points for the E’Hawks in the season ending contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

The Gaels and the E’Hawks would trade vehicles as the half wore down, and it was St. Edmonds who took a 25-21 lead at half time.

After playing for over a quarter with out missing a shot, the E’Hawks only added three buckets to their tally in the second quarter, a factor that would come back to haunt Emmetsburg in the second half.

St. Edmonds would come out to start the third quarter outscouring the E’Hawks’ 10-7 in the final minutes of the third quarter for a 38-34 lead.

Emmetsburg wouldn’t go away without a fight, however, as they cut St. Ed’s lead to a bucket on several occasions, but couldn’t come any closer after Trevor Dettmann put up a bucket with just under 3:00 to go in the game. St. Edmons was able to make some late free throws to ice the game for the 51-43 win.

Emmetsburg got 20 points from Trevor Dettmann in the effort, while Tyler Kliegl added eight points to the effort. Langston Jones added seven points, with Tommy Kuecker and Nick Wuebker both coming away with four points.

The E’Hawks connected on 14 of 32 shots from inside the arc, 44 percent shooting, and made three of 12 three-pointers for 25 percent shooting.

St. Edmonds hit 16 of 41 shots from inside the arc, 39 percent accuracy, and made just one of seven treys for 14 percent accuracy.

The big difference came at the charity stripe, where the E’Hawks made six of 10 shots while St. Eds’ made 16 of 26 attempts.

The E’Hawks got seven rebound from Nick Wuebker, while Langston Joney dished out seven helpers and grabbed three steals.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these kids,”?Brennan said. “We’re a much better team than our record indicates, and I think we’ve proved that.”