E-Hawks Fall From Undeafeated Ranks
They say all good things must come to an end. Sadly, the undefeated streak for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks came to a shuddering close Friday night when defending State Champions Western Christian humbled the E-Hawks in a 74-38 loss. The loss, coupled with a win on Thursday night over Manson Northwest Webster, gave Emmetsburg a season mark of 5-1 in the Lakes Conference and 8-1 overall at the end of the week.
After sitting alone atop the Lakes over the holiday break, Emmetsburg re-opened the second half of the season with three games in four days, and the effects were noticeable on Friday.
The E-Hawks struggled to get any offensive flow going against the defensive minded Wolfpack, who continually shuttled substitutes in and out of the game.
Keeping fresh legs on the floor, Western Christian was able to put full and half court, man-to-man pressure on the E-Hawks the entire contest. Emmetsburg trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and 34-13 at the intermission. With fouls working into the equation early on Friday, the E-Hawks had to be more conservative on defense, and the Wolfpack exploited the opportunity in the second half, racking out to a 61-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.
With the new 35-point mercy rule, Western was able to make the clock run continuously at the 6:02 mark in the final quarter and went on the post the 74-38 win, despite a pair of late three-pointers from Austin Oppenheimer, who would come off the bench to lead the Emmetsburg offense.
Oppenheimer would finish the game with 10 points, while Ryan Kliegl ended up with eight. Jake Carlson added six points, while Nick Wuebker was held to four points and Cory Schultes was limited to three points on the night.
Bobby Gappa, Jake Jackson and Steven Heddinger all tallied two points and Arthur Heldt added a free throw for one point.
The E-Hawks managed to grab just 18 rebounds in the loss and had 10 assists.
It was a different story on Thursday night, as the E-Hawks journeyed to Manson to take on the Cougars and came away with a 52-38 non-conference victory.
Emmetsburg was able to get a good offensive rhythm going early, taking a 14-9 lead after the opening quarter. The E-Hawk defense played well, holding the Cougars to five points in the second frame and a 30-14 lead at the break.
The E-Hawks would outscore Manson-Northwest Webster 15-12 in the third quarter to take a 45-26 lead into the final frame, and Coach Mike Brennan cleared the bench to ice the 52-38 final margin of victory.
Nick Wuebker had the double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Cory Schultes added 13 points. Ryan Kliegl scored 12 points with six assists, while Jake Carlson offered up six points. Jake Jackson had three points and Arthur Heldt added a free throw.
The E-Hawks grabbed 34 rebounds to the Cougars’ 13 and had 17 assists.