Lady E’Hawk Freshmen/Sophs Tally Victory, Junior Varsity Sqaud Falls In Opening Contest
The Emmetsburg Lady E’Hawk Freshmen/Sophomore squad opened their season with a 33-27 win over Bishop Garrigan of Algona on Dec. 3. The defensive effort helped lead the young Lady E’Hawks to the win in the opener.
Both teams struggled with their offense in the first quarter, with the score tied at 4-4 after the first quarter. The lead would change hands several times in the second quarter as the two teams traded buckets, and it would be Bishop Garrigan holding the lead at the intermission by an 18-16 tally.
The Golden Bears would score the first four points of the second half to take a 22-16 lead, but the Lady E’Hawks rallied to score nine points and lead at the end of the quarter by a 25-22 margin.
In the final quarter, Emmetsburg would hold on to the momentum they had gained at the end of the third frame, and scored eight points while their defense all but shut the Golden Bears down, giving up just five points as they went on to claim the 33-27 victory.
Emmetsburg would get balanced scoring in the win with seven points from Faith Schmidt and six points from Whitney Kibbie and Shelby Brindley. Miranda Vlasman and Jacque Carlson both added four points to the effort, while Taylor Bruns, Jayme Penrod and Justine Kummer all scored two points in the win.
On defense, Miranda Vlasman and Faith Schmidt both pulled down five rebounds, while Jacque Carlson grabbed four boards. Whitney Kibbie and Shelby Brindley both committed three steals each.
“This was a great win for this team and a real confidence builder as we move forward,” noted Coach Shawn Connelly. “The girls worked hard throughout the game and kept their heads up even when they fell behind in the third quarter. There is a lot of work yet to do and improvements to be made, but this is a great group of girls to work with.”
In a Junior Varsity game on Dec. 1, Emmetsburg lost a 47-11 decision to Spirit Lake.
The Lady E’Hawks had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm in the contest, trailing 21-6 after the first quarter and trailed 33-6 at the intermission.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle for both teams, however, as the Lady E’Hawks held Spirit Lake to five points in the quarter, while scoring just three points of their own for a 38-9 tally.
Emmetsburg would score a bucket in the final quarter as Spirit Lake went on to tally the 47-11 victory.
Emmetsburg was led by Justine Kummer with seven points, while Aly Berven and Whitney Kibbie each scored two points. Defensively, Emmetsburg got eight rebounds from Justine Kummer, while Tayler Bruns had six boards and Faith Schmidt added three boards to the effort.
“We knew that Spirit Lake would be a tough opponent for our first game and they proved to be,”?Coach Connelly said. “They were able to force us into over 30 turnovers during the game and it is difficult to win basketball games when you give the ball away to your opponents 30 times. Taking care of the basketball will continue to be a focus in practice and the girls were able to see other areas we need to improve on in order to be successful as a team moving forward.”