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E’Hawks Suffer First Setback Of Season

By Staff | Dec 17, 2009

PLAYIN’ SOME “D” - Emmetsburg’s Nate Brown, right, and Ryan Kliegl, left, defend LeMars’ Sam VanWettering as E’Hawk Nick Wuebker, background, blocks the lane during action in Emmetsburg’s 53-321 loss to the Bulldogs on Tuesday night. The E’Hawks fell to 1-1 in the Lakes with the setback and 4-1 overall. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan knew going into Tuesday’s game with LeMars, the E’Hawks would be tested.

“We’ll find out what we’re made of on Tuesday night”, was Brennan’s comment after last Friday’s win over Estherville Lincoln Central.

The prophecy was right on the mark Tuesday night. LeMars rolled into Emmetsburg High School and presented a defensive clinic in taking a 53-32 win over the E’Hawks to give Emmetsburg its first loss of the season.

The setback drops Emmetsburg to 1-1 in the Lakes Conference and 4-1 overall, as they now gear up for Friday’s meeting with the Tigers of Spencer at the Spencer Field House.

Tuesday’s matchup got off on the wrong foot for the E’Hawks as it took them over 2:00 to get on the scoreboard off a short tip in by Nick Wuebker. Emmetsburg would be denied on several trips to the bucket due to turnovers and the defensive pressure of the Bulldogs, On the other end of the court, Emmetsburg’s defense struggled to keep up with the speedy Bulldogs.

With just over 1:30 to go in the first quarter, Wuebker would add another bucket to account for all of the E’Hawks’ scoring in the first quarter.

The second quarter opened with the E’Hawks trailing 13-4 as LeMars was able to beat the E’Hawk defense on several occasions with back picks and an occasional three-point ball to slip out to a 34-15 advantage at the intermission as Emmetsburg struggled to get an offensive flow in the contest.

Emmetsburg’s offensive and defensive woes continued in the second half, as LeMars continued to force turnovers with tipped balls and stolen passes. Emmetsburg also battled foul woes, as big man Nick Wuebker played most of the second half with four fouls against him, limiting his effectiveness inside against the aggressive Bulldog defense and offense.

Adding nine points to their total in the third quarter, Emmetsburg trailed by 21 points to start the final quarter, 26-47. With reserves coming into the game in the final quarter, the scoring fell off for both teams, with LeMars adding just six points to their total, as did the E’Hawks.

Emmetsburg would continue to battle with its reserves in the final stages of the game for the 53-32 final tally.

Emmetsburg would be led by Nick Wuebker with 21 points in the contest. Jake Carlson came off the bench to add seven points to Emmetsburg’s totals, Corey Schultes would tally two points to be the only other E’Hawk starter to get on the scoreboard. Bobby Gappa would come off the bench to join Carlson in scoring, adding two points effort.

Friday’s girl-boy doubleheader at Spencer starts at 4:45 p.m.