E’Hawks Claim Non-Conference Victory Over AR
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks collected their second win of the season in as many games with a 52-40 win over Armstrong-Ringsted in a non-conference tilt Monday night. With the E’Hawks’ Lakes Conference opener with Cherokee postponed by Tuesday’s snowstorm, the E’Hawks will now open the rugged Lakes campaign this Friday night by hosting the Midgets of Estherville Lincoln Central. The game with Cherokee has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Emmetsburg.
With Monday’s game being just the second opportunity of the season for the E’Hawks to take to the court, the offense struggled to get on track in the opening minutes of play. Add in the loss of senior Tommy Kuecker from the lineup with a broken wrist, and the E’Hawks needed to make some adjustments to their starting lineup.
After the tentative start, Emmetsburg took an 8-3 lead over the Mustangs at the end of the first quarter. But the second quarter saw Emmetsburg shift the offense into high gear, as they outscored Armstrong-Ringsted by 23-16 to post a 31-19 lead at the half-time break.
Emmetsburg’s offense cooled over the intermission, however, as they would only score seven points in the third quarter, but were able to hold the Mustangs to just 10 points of their own through a tenacious defense.
With a 38-29 advantage going into the final quarter of play, the E’Hawk defense had to play carefully, as fouls would begin to enter into the equation, Armstrong-Ringsted would continue to plug away, but Emmetsburg was able to outscore the Mustangs 14-11 in the final period to record the 52-40 victory.
Emmetsburg would have two players in double figures, with Ryan Kliegl tallying 12 points, while Nate Brown added 10 points to the effort. Nick Wueberk came awway with nine points, while Cory Schultes chipped in eight points. Bobby Gappa added seven points and Jake Carlson rounded out the efforts with six points.
Cory Schultes and Nick Wuebker both grabbed six boards and three steals, while Wuebker blocked four shots. Kyle Elbert and Ryan Kliegl both dished out four assists.
Emmetsburg hit 17 of 33 shots from inside the arc, 51 percent, and hit five of 16 outside the arc, 31 percent, while making three of nine free throws for 33 percent.