Lady E’Hawks Hoopsters Play Hard In Setbacks
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks put up a good fight in a pair of losses to Lakes Conference opponents. On Friday, Emmetsburg came up short in a 47-20 loss to Spencer and on Tuesday night, the Lady E’Hawks fell by a 62-26 tally to Storm Lake. The losses drop Coach John Kennedy’s ball club to a mark of 2-11 in the Lakes Conference and 3-14 overall on the season.
With just two games remaining in the regular season for the Lady E’Hawks, thoughts begin to turn towards the post season.
Emmetsburg will begin post-season play on Saturday, Feb. 13, when they take on the Rebels of Sioux Central in Class 2A Regional first-round action at Sioux Rapids. Game time is at 7 p.m.
In Friday’s game at Emmetsburg, the Lady E’Hawks simply couldn’t get their offense to flow with any continuity. Falling behind 17-6 after one quarter of play, the Lady E’Hawks trailed Spencer 29-11 at the intermission. Emmetsburg would score four points in the third quarter to trail 39-15 and would fall by the 47-20 final tally.
Paige Naig led the offense with eight points in the contest, while Nicole Leuer added five points. Kaity Degen tallied four points and Tiff Wollum added three points to the effort.
Tuesday’s contest with Storm Lake saw Emmetsburg struggle with turnovers in a 62-26 loss to the Tornadoes. The offense battled hard against Storm Lake’s pressure defense, but the quickness of the Storm Lake defense kept the Lady E’Hawks at bay.
Emmetsburg trailed 16-5 after the opening quarter and 18-29 at the intermission, after the offense found a rhythm in the second quarter.
But coming out of the locker room after the intermission, Emmetsburg went ice cold on offense, hitting just a lone free throw to answer Storm Lake’s 20 point effort for a 49-19 lead. Emmetsburg would add seven points to their coffers in the final quarter for the 26-62 final score.
Emmetsburg got 14 points from Tiff Wollum, who hit a trio of three-point field goals in the second quarter of the contest. Justine Kummer added four points, while Paige Naig chipped in three points. Maddison Woodruff and Aly Berven each added a bucket for two points and Nicole Leuer added the lone point of the third quarter.
Emmetsburg will salute its seniors on Friday night, weather permitting, when Western Christian comes to town to close out the Lakes Conference campaign. Then on Monday, the Lady E’Hawks close out the regular season on the road at Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer.