E’Hawks Gain Revenge With Win Over Storm Lake
A loss at Storm Lake last month left a sour taste in the mouth of the Emmetsburg E’Hawks. So, when the E’Hawks hosted the Tornadoes on Tuesday night, there was a little matter of revenge to deal with.
Consider the debt repaid, as the E’Hawks took care of Storm Lake with a 57-49 win to improve to 7-5 in the Lakes Conference. Overall, Emmetsburg improves to 13-5 on the season.
Tuesday’s game opened with the E’Hawks showing good patience on the offense, working the ball around for good shots, and making some nice defensive plays on their way to a 20-14 lead after the opening frame.
The E’Hawks would continue battling evenly with the Tornadoes through the second quarter, despite losing the services of ?Ryan Kliegl after he was rung up for his third foul of the game early in the second quarter. When the half ended, the E’Hawks held a 34-25 lead over the Tornadoes, but a whole half of basketball still remained to be played.
The E’Hawks came out to start the second half and found the Tornadoes ready to do battle. With some shots not falling and the Tornadoes getting some turnovers, Storm Lake was able to close the gap on the E’Hawks, trailing by just three points, 39-36, when the third quarter ended. Emmetsburg would see the Tornadoes tie the score at 40-40 shortly after the start of the final frame. The two teams would battle as the E’Hawks edged back out to a slight lead, and with some physical play inside on both ends of the court, the E’Hawks would slowly work their way back out to a lead. Despite a final attempt by the Tornadoes to rally with time running down, Emmetsburg held on to claim the 57-49 win.
Nate Brown had the hot hand, as the senior hit six three-pointers in the contest for 20 points on the night for the E’Hawks. Nick Wuebker would add 13 points, while Ryan Kliegl survived foul trouble to score eight points. Cory Schultes chipped in five points, while Tommy Kuecker and Jake Carlson both added four points and Bobby Gappa came away with three points.
The E’Hawks will honor their senior players this Friday night when Western Christian comes to Emmetsburg. On Monday, the E’Hawks will host North Sentral Kossuth and then host Spirit Lake on Tuesday.