Lady E-Hawks Cruise To Victory
The roundball season officially began Tuesday night on a positive note for Coach John Kennedy’s Lady E-Hawks, as Emmetsburg defeated Pocahontas Area/ Pomeroy-Palmer by a 43-19 tally.
For the first full outing of the season, the first quarter was understandably slow to develop. Both teams struggled, as Emmetsburg struggled to get the range of the basket on their shots, and the Maidens struggled with ball control.
Nicole Leuer would break the scoring ice with a three-point bucket almost 2:00 into the contest to start the offense, as the teams played to a 5-5 tie at the end of the opening quarter.
Emmetsburg managed to come to grips with its offense and jumped out to an 18-7 lead at the intermission, as the defense limited the Maidens to a lone bucket in the second quarter.
The Lady E-Hawk defense continued to play strong in the third quarter, as they continued to deny the Maidens the inside, forcing several long shots and turnovers, while working the defensive boards. On the offensive end of the court, Emmetsburg pulled away from the Maidens, taking a 27-point advantage into the final quarter with a 37-10 lead.
With the game firmly in hand, Coach Kennedy went to his bench early in the fourth quarter to give the reserves some valuable game experience. Clearing the bench, the Lady E-Hawks were able to keep the pressure on Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer and would keep Emmetsburg on track for the 43-19 victory.
Emmetsburg would be led offensively by Paige Naig with 13 points, while Nicole Leuer, the team’s lone senior member, stroked a pair of three-point shots on her way to tally 10 points on the night.
Faith Schmidt would come off the bench to add eight points, while Justine Kummer tallied six points for the Lady E-Hawks. Whitney Kibbie, Kaity Degen and Hadley Egland each scored a bucket for two points in the final tallies.
“It’s nice to get a win the first night out,” noted Head Coach Kennedy. “We saw some things we need to work on, but it’s easier to see what you have to do after you’ve tried things in a real game. The girls are working hard and we’re looking forward to the season.”