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E’Hawks Close Week With Win

By Staff | Jan 19, 2010

GO?TO?THE?HOLE - Emmetsburg’s Tommy Kuecker gets behind the Spirit Lake defense for a bucket in Friday’s 46-33 win over the Indians. Kuecker scored seven points in the win. -- Dan Voigt photo

SPIRIT?LAKE – Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks closed out a difficult week with a win over Lakes Conference foe Spirit Lake Friday, taking a 46-33 win over the Indians. The win keeps Emmetsburg at .500 in the league with a 3-3 mark and 7-3 overall as they embark on another busy week, with games Monday, Tuesday and Friday night.

Against Spirit Lake on Friday, the E’Hawks took an early 10-8 lead after one quarter, but the Indians wouldn’t give up and took a 19-18 advantage over the E’Hawks at the break. But in the second half, Emmetsburg played some good defense, limiting the Indians to just two points in the third quarter for a 33-21 lead. The Indians would try to make a run on Emmetsburg in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too great, resulting in the 64-33 final tally.

Bobby Gappa came off the bench to score 13 points to lead the E’Hawks in the win, while Nick Wuebker added 12 markers. Ryan Kliegl and Tommy Kuecker both scored seven points, while Jake Carlson added four points off the bench. Kyle Elbert dropped in two points and Nate Brown had a free throw to round out the effort.

The win soothed the heartbreak of a 52-40 loss to Cherokee on Tuesday night in Emmetsburg. In that contest, the E’Hawks trailed the entire contest, suffering from offensive woes against the Braves. The E’Hawks trailed 17-8 after the first quarter and 28-17 at the break. Cherokee went on to lead 39-28 after the third quarter and took the 52-40 final win over the E’Hawks.

Ryan Kliegl led the scoring with 13 points, while Nate Brown and Nick Wuebker both had eight points each. Cory Schultes and Tommy Kuecker both had four points and Jake Carlson added three points.

Emmetsburg shot just 30 percent in the game, but committed 19 turnovers in the game.