Lady E-Hawks Split Contests
The Lakes Conference season opened on a down note for Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks after a big win on Monday night. After defeating non-conference foe Armstrong-Ringsted on Monday by a 42-15 tall, the Lady E-Hawks dropped their league opener on tuesday night at Cherokee by a 34-55 score to fall to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Traveling to Armstrong on Monday, the Lady E-Hawks had to work through some cobwebs after not playing for nearly a week. Emmetsburg struggled through the first quarter to get the offense into any sort of a flow, and subsequently, the shooting was as cold as the temperature outside. At the end of the first quarter of play, Emmetsburg held a 9-3 lead over the Lady Mustangs.
The Emmetsburg defense snapped into place fairly quick, but at a cost, as Aly Berven would be rung up for three fouls early in the second quarter and would spend the rest of the half as a spectator from the bench. Whitney Kibbie would come in to replace Berven as the Lady E-Hawks continued to struggle in finding an offensive pattern. However, the defense kept Emmetsburg in the game and allowed the Lady E-Hawks to post a 14-4 advantage at the intermission.
Both teams managed to double up their score in the third quarter, as they began to find range of the bucket, with Emmetsburg being able to move out to a 28-11 lead when the third quarter ended.
Early in the final quarter, Emmetsburg Head Coach John Kennedy went to his bench, bringing the reserve players into the game to take over and finish out the win for some valuable experience for his young ball club.
In taking the 42-15 victory, Emmetsburg was led on Monday by Paige Naig’s double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Faith Schmidt also tallied the double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, while Aly Berven added four points. Nicole Leuer came up with three points and six rebounds and three steals, while Kaity Degen added one point. Coming off the bench, Jacque Carlson and Amy Schultes both added two points to the Emmetsburg coffers.
Unfortunately, the road trip to Cherokee on Tuesday was not as rewarding, as Emmetsburg fell by a 34-55 tally to the Braves.
The Lady E-Hawks struggled hanging onto the ball, as they committed 35 turnovers in the contest, forced by Cherokee’s aggressive, physical half-court defense.
After trailing 15-22 at the intermission, Emmetsburg was unable to counter the Braves’ 33 point run in the second half to fall by the 55-34 margin.
Paige Naig would tally 17 points, while Justine Kummer added six points. Whitney Kibbie came off the bench to add four points, while Faith Schmidt had three ponts. Kaity Degen and Nicole Leuer both added two points.
“We have to take better care of the ball,”?Kennedy noted. “We lost our composure. We have to get it back and get after it for ELC on Friday night.”