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Lady E’Hawks Fall To Spirit Lake

By Staff | Dec 3, 2009

DISH?IT?OFF - Nicole Leuer looks to pass over the defense of Briana Brunsvold and Chelsie Stetnichs in the Lady E’Hawks 33-62 loss to Spirt Lake Tuesday. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks opened the regular season Tuesday night with a disappointing 62-33 loss to Spirit Lake. The loss was also costly to the Lady E’Hawks with an injury to Kaity Degen in the late stages of the contest.

“We saw what we need to improve on,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach John Kennedy. “I?saw some good things out there at times, but we know we are capable of playing better and we will improve our game.”

Meeting Spirit Lake had the Lady E’Hawks at a slight disadvantage, with Spirit Lake playing their third game of the season opposed to Emmetsburg’s first full contest.

The two teams would come out tentatively on offense, with some turnover troubles plaguing both squads in the opening quarter. When the first quarter ended, Emmetsburg trailed by five points, 15-10, but Spirit Lake found its offense in the second frame. The Indians outscored Emmetsburg by a 3-1 margin, adding 15 points to their lead for a 30-15 advantage at the intermission.

The Lady E’Hawks seemed to have found better footing as the second half opened. The offense began flowing, getting better position for shots and working the offensive boards for second shot opportunities. Spirit Lake found their inside game fall off, and would stay out front off a volley of three-point field goals to take a 44-30 lead at the end of the third, even though Emmetsburg outscored their opponents by a 15-14 margin.

But in the final quarter, fouls and turnover would continue to plague Emmetsburg. The first casualty was the loss of Maddison Woodruff to her fifth foul with just over 4:00 to go in the contest.

Just a few ticks of the clock later, Kaity Degen limped to the bench with an injury to her right ankle that would end her game.

In the meantime the Lady E’Hawks continued to work the offense, with Tiff Wollum battling for shots from the elbow and three-point range, along with Nicole Leuer. Aly Berven drained a trey and Paige Naig battled hard inside for shots and offensive boards as the game wound down.

Naig would lead Emmetsburg’s efforts with 12 points, while Tiff Wollum added 10 points. Nicole Leuer added seven points,

Alyson Berven would connect on a three-point shot and Faith Schmidt came off the bench for a free throw.

Emmetsburg will have a few days to work before they return to action Monday night, Dec. 7, when they host Armstrong-Ringsted in a girl-boy doubleheader at Emmetsburg.