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Offensive Woes Continue To Stymie Lady E’Hawks

By Staff | Dec 17, 2009

JUST?OUT?OF?REACH - Emmetsburg’s Justine Kummer loses her grip on a pass during action against LeMars Tuesday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

The holiday break can’t come soon enough for Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks. In two nights, the Lady E’Hawks have struggled offensively in a pair of losses. On Monday, Emmetsburg traveled outside the conference to take on North Sentral Kossuth at Swea City and came up short in a 69-50 setback. Tuesday night, the Lady E’Hawks hosted LeMars in Lakes Conference action and fell by a 50-31 tally.

The losses drop Coach John Kennedy’s squad to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in Lakes Conference play.

“We just can’t get things to flow right now,”?Kennedy said. “We have moments where things work well for us, and then we struggle and can’t get back on top. It’s very frustrating for the girls and for the coaching staff as well.”

Monday’s contest started out well for the Lady E’Hawks, as they were able to stay within striking distance of the Eagles, trailing by just three points, 14-11, at the end of the first quarter. That margin would hold through the second quarter, as Emmetsburg would match the Eagles in scoring with 18 points to trail 32-29 at the half-time break.

But in the third quarter, the offensive touch faded for the Lady E’Hawks. Emmetsburg was only able to connect for eight points in the quarter as North Sentral Kossuth added 17 points to their tally and edged out to a 49-37 lead. In the final quarter, the Lady E’Hawks added 13 points to their total but couldn’t overcome the cold spell in the third to fall by the 19 point margin in the 69-50 loss.

Tiff Wollum would lead Emmetsburg with 15 points, coming exclusively from outside the arc. Maddison Woodruff added 10 points to the mix, while Nicole Leuer, Kaity Degen and Justine Kummer each chipped in seven points. Paige Naig and Faith Schmidt would round out the effort with two points each.

Stepping back into the Lakes Conference on Tuesday night, the Lady E’Hawks ran afoul of a smothering LeMars defense that simple shut Emmetsburg’s offense down at times.

The first quarter saw the two teams trade buckets for the most part, with Emmetsburg trailing by an 11-14 margin after one quarter. But the second quarter would be a long eight-minute span for the Lady E’Hawks. Several turnovers would keep the Lady E’Hawks out of their offense, while LeMars was able to keep good defensive pressure going, limiting Emmetsburg to just five points in the quarter to post a 24-16 advantage over the Lady E’Hawks at the intermission.

Emmetsburg would continue to struggle with turnovers in the second half of the contest. LeMars used its quickness to create turnovers for the E’Hawks that often left Emmetsburg empty-handed after deliberate attempts to run the offense.

Trailing by a 39-24 tally at the end of the third quarter, Emmetsburg couldn’t find any consistency in its offense in the final quarter. The Lady E’Hawks would struggle to hang onto the ball against he quicker LeMars defense, and would score seven points in the quarter to finish with 31 in the 50-31 final tally.

For Emmetsburg, Paige Naig would lead the scoring with a 15-point effort on the night, while Tiff Wollum added 11 points to the effort. Kaity Degen would chip in three points and Justine Kummer came off the bench to add two points.

Emmetsburg will close out the first half of the season Friday night with a trip to Spencer to take on the Tigers at the Fieldhouse. The game is slated to start at 4:45 p.m. Friday.