Emmetsburg Earns Split At ELC
Emmetsburg’s basketball teams earned a split on the road at Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday night. The Lady E’Hawks fell by a 49-26 margin to the Midgettes. In the boys contest, the E’Hawks survived a very physical contest to claim a 55-44 win over the Midgets.
Emmetsburg’s girls struggled with their offense in the opening quarter, scoring just two points in the first quarter to trail 14-2 after one quarter and 25-5 at the halftime break.
The Lady E’Hawks began making some shots in the third quarter to trail 39-13 and then came up with 13 points in the final quarter for the 49-26 final tally.
Paige Naig and Nicole Leuer both had six points, while Tiff Wollum added five points. Kaity Degen added four points, while Justine Kummer and Taylor Bruns both had two points and Maddison Woodruff added a free throw.
The boys contest turned into a battle in more ways than one as the E’Hawks faced off against the Midgets. ELC worked hard to deny the inside game to the E’Hawks, who answered with a barrage of three-point shots. Bobby Gappa drained a trio of treys in the opening quarter to help the E’Hawks post a 14-9 advantage after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Cory Schultes helped the cause, completing would be four out of five three-pointers in the first half to help give the E’Hawks a 25-17 lead at the intermission.
The play continued to be rough through the third quarter, with lots of action under the buckets as the two teams fought hard for every point. Emmetsburg’s defense held the Midgets to just nine points in the third quarter, as they took a 40-26 lead into the final quarter.
But in the final frame, ELC?made a concentrated push, but the E’Hawks were able to keep things in hand and put the game on ice with eight of 11 free throws down the stretch to take the 55-44 win.
For Emmetsburg, the E’Hawks got 16 points from Cory Schultes, who also had seven rebounds. Bobby Gappa added 13 points, while Nick Wuebker added 10 points. Ryan Kliegl chipped in nine points and had six assists, while Nate Brown added five points and Kyle Elbert made two points.