Lady E’Hawks Victorious On The Road At LeMars
LeMARS – It is said that good things come to those who wait, and along those lines, that patience is a virtue. For Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks, a patient, yet persistent offense and aggressive defensive effort at LeMars led the Lady E’Hawks to their second league victory of the season Tuesday night. Emmetsburg defeated the Bulldogs of LeMars in a 45-39 decision to improved to 2-9 in the Lakes conference and 3-12 overall as the regular season winds down.
After playing their opponents tough through the season, the Lady E’Hawks have repeatedly put forth good defensive efforts and good offensive efforts in their games, but have struggled in getting both aspects of their game to meld together. On Tuesday night, the two pieces fit together.
Emmetsburg opened the game with determined defense, working hard on the defensive end of the court for rebounds and steals, On the other end of the court, the Lady E’Hawks were patient in setting up their offense and working for the shots they wanted. Even though LeMars held an 11-10 lead after the first quarter, Emmetsburg would not be denied. With their game working on both ends of the floor, the Lady E’Hawks caught the Bulldogs and took a 20-17 lead a the intermission.
Nothing was settled as the second half started, as LeMars would come back and slip out to a small lead midway through the third quarter. But with aggressive rebounding from Justine Kummer and Paige Naig, along with Nicole Leuer and Tiff Wollum, the defense contested every LeMars shot.
When the Lady E’Hawks weren’t clearing the glass, they were disrupting the Bulldogs’ offense, as Kaity Degen came away with several steals and hustled hard to grab turnovers and tipped passes for Emmetsburg.
The Lady E’Hawks would ride the defense and used some big offensive rebounds of their own to retake the lead for a 33-30 advantage at the end of the third frame.
In the final quarter, the Lady E’Hawks continued to battle hard on both ends of the court, with the bench players coming in to give the starters a break and gain some valuable playing time. Despite a late rally try by the Bulldogs, Emmetsburg held on to claim the most satisfying 45-39 victory.
Emmetsburg’s Paige Naig claimed a double-double in the win, as she racked up 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the club. Naig also grabbed two steals and blocked one shot.
Tiffany Wollum added seven points to the tally and grabbed five rebounds while making three steals and dishing out two assists.
Nicole Leuer added six points and grabbed five boards, while Kaity Degen scored four points with six rebounds, made four steals with two assists.
Justine Kummer also scored four points and collected five rebounds with an assists. Maddison Woodruff added three points and Alyson Berven added a bucket at the buzzer of the third quarter for two points and handed out two assists.
Emmetsburg will host Spencer this Friday night.