E’Hawks Split Cage Contests
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks earned a split in games this week, starting with a non-conference win Monday and a league loss on Tuesday.
Monday evening the E’Hawks traveled to Hartley for a non-conference matchup with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and came home with a 50-43 victory.
Emmetsburg led the entire way on Monday, despite running into early foul troubles for center Nick Wuebker, who was whistled for a pair of fouls early in the first quarter. However, the E’Hawks would take an 11-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Wuebker re-entered the fray, only to draw whistle number three to watch the end of the half from the bench. The play remained very physical through the rest of the half, but Emmetsburg held on to a 24-19 advantage at the break.
The physical play continued in the second half, with the E’Hawks battling hard and playing good defense, as they gave up just eight points in the third quarter while taking a 39-27 lead to start the final quarter.
But, Hartley-Melvin-San- born wouldn’t go away. The Hawks cut Emmetsburg’s 13 point advantage down to four points with less than a minute to play after Wuebker was fouled out.
But with a 47-43 lead, Emmetsburg got a couple of late free throws and a bucket to go on to record the 50-43 win.
Ryan Kliegl would lead the E’Hawks with 16 points on the night, while Nick Wuebker added 10 points to the cause. Nate Brown hit a pair of treys for six points, while Bobby Gappa added a trey for three points and Cory Schultes added three points, while Jake Carlson scored two points.
Tuesday night, the E’Hawks made up a game postponed from Dec. 9 with Cherokee. The delay did not help the E’Hawks, as they fell to Cherokee by a 52-40, giving Emmetsburg a 2-3 mark in the Lakes Conference and 6-3 overall.