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Lady E’Hawks Earn Overtime Victory Over A-R

By Staff | Dec 10, 2009

PUTTIN’ IT UP! -- Emmetsburg’s Justine Kummer puts up a shot over AR defenders in the Lady E’Hawks’ 44-43 overtime win over Armstrong-Ringsted Monday night. It was the first win of the season for the Lady E’Hawks. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks had to battle their hearts out to claim their first win of the season in a 44-43 overtime thriller over Armstrong-Ringsted Monday night.

A shot from the elbow by Nicole Leuer with :06 to go in the extra period would give Coach John Kennedy’s ball club the elusive first win of the season.

“Man, we needed that win,”?Kennedy said. “The girls really played hard and fought all the way. I’m very happy for the way they kept their composure at the end of the overtime to come away with the win.”

The Lady E’Hawks would match their guests bucket for bucket in the first quarter, as the score was tied up at 8-8 to end the opening frame.

Emmetsburg would edge out to a three-point lead in the second quarter, taking a 16-13 lead at the intermission.

In the third quarter, Emmetsburg came out gunning early to slip out to a 15-point lead over Armstrong-Ringsted, posting a 37-22 advantage over the Mustangs to start the final quarter.

Armstrong-Ringsted wouldn’t go away, though, and clawed their way back into the contest to tie the game up with :07 to go in the game off a shot by

Megan Sanders to tie the contest at 39-39 and send the game into overtime.

Emmetsburg would win the tip and added a bucket and a free throw, but the Mustangs evened the game up. But, with time running down, Nicole Leuer worked into the elbow on the left and put up a shot that banged home for a 44-43 lead. AR rushed the ball downcourt, but a shot with :04 bounced off the rim and fell into the hands of the Lady E’Hawks, who held the ball for the one-point win.

Emmetsburg was led by Paige Naig with 27 points on the night. Tiffany Wollum added eight points, while Maddison Woodruff came up with five points and Nicole Leuer added four points.

With Tuesday’s game agains Cherokee postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Lady E’Hawks resume action Friday night when they will host Estherville Lincoln Central. Then on Saturday, the Lady E’Hawks will journey to Milford to take on Okoboji.