E’Hawks Struggle At Storm Lake
STORM?LAKE – The road was an unkind place for the Emmetsburg E’Hawks Tuesday night. Coach Mike Brennan’s ball club opened the second half of their hardwood season on a down note in a 58-37 loss to the Storm Lake Tornadoes.
The loss drops Emmetsburg to a 2-2 mark in Lakes Conference play and 5-2 overall on the season.
Emmetsburg started well enough in the contest at the Storm Lake gym, taking a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter of play, but things quickly went south for the E’Hawks in the second quarter. Uncharacteristic turnovers and over cautious play in the second quarter allowed Storm Lake to come back to take a 26-21 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, the E’Hawks offense got as cold as the conditions outside the gym. Emmetsburg made just eight points in the third quarter to trail 29-45 and then scored just another eight points in the final stanza for the 58-37 final score.
Nick Wuebker would lead Emmetsburg’s offensive effort with 18 points in the contest, while Ryan Kliegl added six points. Jake Carlson came away with four points, while Nate Brown hit the E’Hawks’ lone three-point field goal in the game. Tommy Kuecker rejoined the lineup for two points after missing all of December with a wrist injury and Cory Schultes added two points along with Austin Oppenheimer.
The E’Hawks made just one three-pointer out of 12 attempts on the night, while Storm Lake made six of their 13 attempts, a telling difference in the game. Another major factor in the game was the nine offensive rebounds collected by the Tornadoes, who scored off all nine of the second opportunities.
Inside the arc, Emmetsburg made 15 of 28 shots, 53 percent shooting.
The E’Hawks have little time to shake off the setback, as they are slated to host Manson Northwest Webster in a non-conference matchup tonight (Thursday) and then resume Lakes Conference play Friday on the road at Western Christian in Hull.