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Lady E’Hawks Struggle At Spencer

By Staff | Dec 22, 2009

SPLIT?THE?DEFENSE - Emmetsburg’s Nicole Leuer splits the Spencer defense for a bucket in the Lady E’Hawks loss to the Tigers on Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

SPENCER – The end of the first half of the season came on a down note Friday night for the Emmetsburg Lady E’Hawks with a 59-25 loss to Spencer. The defeat gives the Lady E’Hawks a mark of 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the Lakes Conference going into the holiday break.

With holiday vacations thinning the ranks of the roster in the form of a missing Maddison Woodruff, Coach John Kennedy’s club struggled to get an offense to work against the high-powered Spencer Tigers, who jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the end of the opening period of play on Friday. Emmetsburg’s lone bucket in the opening frame came off a three-point field goal by Tiffany Wollum.

Despite a concentrated effort to set up the offense and run plays, Emmetsburg was stymied and plagued by turnovers from the intense Spencer pressure. The Lady E’Hawks added seven points to their effort, with five of the points coming at the charity stripe.

Nicole Leuer would tally a short jumper, while Paige Naig canned three free throws. Justine Kummer and Tiff Wollum each added a free throw to account for Emmetsburg’s second quarter scoring, as they would trail the high-flying Tigers by a 30-20 tally when the half time break rolled around.

In the second half, Emmetsburg continued to try and run their offense, but Spencer was able to substitute liberally, keeping fresh legs on the court, while the Lady E’Hawks were left with three bench players to rotate in and out of the lineup, not allowing the starting five much recovery time.

When the third quarter ended, Emmetsburg trailed b a 46-15 margin, but the Lady E’Hawks refused to go quietly. Emmetsburg continued to battle against the Tigers, as the bench was rotated in for the Tigers with just over 2:00 to go in the game.

Emmetsburg continued to work and would end the game with the 25-59 final tally.

For the Lady E’Hawks, Paige Naig would score 13 points in the effort, while Tiff Wollum added seven markers. Nicole Leuer had two points, along with Kaity Degen and Justine Kummer added the remaining free throw for one point.

After the holiday respite, the Lady E’Hawks will resume action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, when they travel to Storm Lake to take on the Tornadoes for the second half of the season.