Emmetsburg Squads Fall To Western, Down Cherokee
Back-to-back road games on Monday and Tuesday night had opposite outcomes for Emmetsburg’s boys and girls basketball teams. On Monday, both squads suffered disappointment in makeup games at Western Christian, but Tuesday was a different story. For the Lady E’Hawks it was the first conference win of the season at Cherokee, while the E’Hawks played their best offensive game of the year in a win over the Braves.
For the Lady E’Hawks, the season mark improves to 2-11 overall and 1-8 in league play, while the E’Hawks remain at .500 in the Lakes at 4-4, with an 8-4 overall mark to their credit.
On Monday, the Lady E’Hawks played a close game with Western Christian, trailing 19-12 after one quarter, but saw their offense slow in the second frame to trail 35-17 at the intermission. In the second half, Emmetsburg battled hard to stay close to the Wolfpack, trailing 41-29 at the end of the third quarter to fall by 12, 52-40.
Paige Naig led the scoring with 20 points, while Nicole Leuer added seven. Justine Kummer had four points, while Tiffany Wollum added three points. Kaity Degen, Maddison Woodruff and Aly Berven all added two points.
Paige Naig grabbed nine rebounds and Justine Kummer collected seven, while Kaity Degen pulled down five steals.
But on Tuesday night, the Lady E’Hawks simply brought a “refuse to lose” attitude to Cherokee to claim the 40-36 victory.
Emmetsburg led after the first quarter by a 14-7 tally and survived a Cherokee rally before the intermission for a 22-19 advantage.
The Lady E’Hawks would match the Braves bucket for bucket in the third quarter to a 31-31 tie before claiming the win with the 40-36 final.
Paige Naig recorded 16 points and Tiffany Wollum had a career game with 15 points, including a trio of three-point shots, as well as several drives to the bucket for points.
Maddison Woodruff added five points, while Justine Kummer and Kaity Degen rounded out the effort with two points each.
Naig had nine rebounds, while Wollum collected seven and Woodruff had six. Naig made four steals, while Wollum and Nicole Leuer both dished out four assists.
“We executed pretty well on Tuesday but it was really that the girls refused to lose,”?noted Lady E’Hawk Head Coach John Kennedy. “We just fought hard for the entire game and it was a much-appreciated win for the girls.”
It was a similar story for Coach Mike Brennan and the E’Hawks, but on Monday at Hull, the E’Hawks were stymied by 20 turnovers and cold shooting in their 27-66 loss. Emmetsburg couldn’t buy a bucket in the first quarter, trailing 16-0 at the end of the first period, and continued to struggle to a 34-8 score at the intermission.
The offensive woes continued in the second half as the E’Hawks trailed 54-17 at the end of the third quarter and went on to finish with the 66-27 final.
Cory Schultes led the effort with nine points, and was followed by Bobby Gappa with seven points. Nick Wuebker had a dunk on his way to four points and grabbed six rebounds, while Nate Brown added three tallies. Jake Carlson and Tommy Kuecker both added two points each. Ryan Kliegl dished out three assists and made four steals.
Putting the off-night behind them, the E’Hawks came back with a vengeance on Tuesday, but it didn’t start that solidly.
Emmetsburg struggled at the outset of their game with Cherokee, trailing 19-9 at the end of the first quarter. But the second quarter would see a completely different E’Hawk team take the floor.
The E’Hawks started hitting shots, led by Cory Schultes, who would end up without a miss in the entire first half, and outscored the Braves 28-11 in the second quarter for a 37-30 lead at the half time break.
With the lead in hand, Emmetsburg would not relinquish their advantage in the second half. Nick Wuebker came up big for the E’Hawks in the second half, as he would not miss a shot in the final two quarters to help Emmetsburg take a 50-41 lead into the final quarter on their way to the 60-53 final margin of victory.
Nick Wuebker would earn the double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Cory Schultes tallied 20 points in his best game of the season.
Kyle Elbert added eight points, while Ryan Kliegl chipped in six points and Jake Carlson had one point.
Ryan Kliegl pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists in the winning effort.
Emmetsburg hit 14 of 27 shots from inside the arc, 25 percent, and hit their three-pointers, five of seven, 71 percent, as well as 17 of 28 free throws for 61 percent.
“I’d say the game with Cherokee was by far our best offensive effort of the season,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan. “Nick Wuebker had a monster game and didn’t miss a shot in the second half and Cory Schultes didn’t miss a shot in the first half for one of his best games.”