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Season Ends For Lady E-Hawks In Regional Tourney Opener

By Staff | Feb 15, 2011

Emmetsburg’s Justine Kummer, right, gets a helpful screen from teammate Paige Naig, left, during a shot in Saturday’s Class 2A Regional tournament game at Estherville. The Lady E-Hawks saw their season come to a close in a 47-26 loss to ELC. -- Dan Voigt photo

ESTHERVILLE?- The hopes of a post-season rally came up short for Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks on Saturday night. Emmetsburg was eliminated from the post-season in a 47-26 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central in the opening round of Class 2A Regional tournament play.

The season ends for Coach John Kennedy’s team with a 7-14 overall mark, and a mark of 4-10 in the Lakes Conference girls standings.

Saturday’s tournament game started out on a positive note for the Lady E-Hawks, who took a quick 5-0 lead over Estherville Lincoln Central, surprising the defending Lakes Conference champions. Emmetsburg held the lead until 2:30 remained in the first quarter, when the Midgettes were able to get their offense to start. At that point, the Lady E-Hawks went cold and would trail 8-5 at the end of the opening stanza.

Emmetsburg tried to apply a tough defense to the Midgettes, but it became costly as Justine Kummer picked up three fouls in the second quarter and would finish the half in the precarious position. In the meantime, ELC’s pressure bothered the Lady E-Hawks and kept the offense off balance, allowing ELC?to earn a 26-13 lead at the break.

The defensive battle continued for Emmetsburg in the second half, and became even more costly, as Faith Schmidt would foul out shortly before the end of the third frame, with Kummer, Paige Naig and Nicole Leuer all charged with three fouls going into the final quarter.

Trailing 37-22 to start the fourth frame, Emmetsburg continued to battle for every shot against the speedy ELC squad, and continued to play aggressively against the Midgettes. Justine Kummer would also foul out of the contest midway through the final period,

ELC?would be able to keep Emmetsburg at bay to earn the 47-26 final margin of victory and end Emmetsburg’s season.

It was a low-scoring night for the Lady E-Hawks, as Faith Schmidt’s seven points were high for Emmetsburg. Paige Naig, Nicole Leuer and Kaity Degen all scored five points each, while Justine Kummer and Teegan Olson each chipped in two points.

“I was pleased with the way the girls fought and never gave up,” noted Coach Kennedy. “We did some good things out there and I couldn’t be prouder of the way these girls played. They’ve worked hard all season long and I?wish the season could have lasted just a little longer for them.”