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Emmetsburg Drops Conference Doubleheader

By Staff | Jan 10, 2012

ZONE?DEFENSE?- Emmetsburg’s Alexa Naig, Paige Naig and Hadley Egland, left to right, put up a strong defense against Spirit Lake’s KJ?Veldman (15) as Emily Mercer (53)?tries to work for position. The Lady E-Hawks would battle Spirit Lake hard but came up short in a 48-40 contest Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

Playing two games in two nights resulted in mostly unpleasant results for the Emmetsburg girls and boys basketball teams. The Lady E-Hawks would drop a pair of tough losses to Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday in a non-conference tilt and then battled Spirit Lake very tough in an eight-point loss on Friday night.

For the E-Hawk boys, a 16-point win over Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday was overshadowed by another three-point setback on Friday night at the hands of Spirit Lake.

Thursday night, Coach John Kennedy’s Lady E-Hawks hosted the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster and battled tough in a 10-point, 51-41 loss.

Emmetsburg would be doubled up in the first quarter, trailing 9-18, and trailed at the half by a 31-16 margin. But in the second half, the Lady E-Hawks battled back hard to outscore the Cougars by a 10-8 margin in the third frame to make the score 26-39. Emmetsburg’s offense would outscore Manson NW in the final stanza by a 15-12 margin, but the deficit was too great to overcome before time ran out.

Paige Naig would lead Emmetsburg with 27 points on the night, while Ashton Connelly added eight points. Hadley Egland would chip in five points and Kaity Degen sank a free throw to round out the scoring.

THE?HARD?WAY?- Emmetsburg’s Ryan Kliegl had to work hard to get this reverse layup in action against Spirit Lake on Friday night. The E-Hawks would lose another tough three-point, 41-38 margiin to the Indians. -- Dan Voigt photo

After a good rally on Thursday, the Lady E-Hawks entertained Lakes Conference powerhouse Spirit Lake on Friday, and battled the Indians closely all night before falling by a 48-40 score.

It was Emmetsburg that took the early lead over the Indians, a seven-point, 11-4 advantage after the first quarter ended. But Spirit Lake would reverse their fortunes in the second quarter, passing Emmetsburg to claim a 23-15 lead at the intermission.

Emmetsburg would match Spirit Lake bucket for bucket in the third quarter to trail 25-35 as the defensive battle continued. In the final stanza, the Lady E-Hawks fought hard but Spirit Lake rode some late turnover to had Emmetsburg the 48-40 setback.

Paige Naig would score 25 points in the losing effort, while Hadley Egland and Ashton Connelly both scored six points and Kaity Degen added three points.

Emmetsburg made four of 10 free throws in the contest while Spirit Lake made 10 of their 17 trips to the line.

For the E-Hawks, Thursday saw a strong performance for all four quarters in a 59-43 win over Manson Northwest Webster. The E-Hawks led 17-13 after the first frame and edged out to a 34-24 advantage at the halftime break. Emmetsburg would maintain a solid lead in the third quarter, posting a 43-32 advantage to start the final quarter and cruised to the 59-43 final margin of victory.

Ryan Kliegl would rip the nets for 21 points, with Zach Overberg adding 13 and Jake Carlson coming up with 11 points. Marcus Akridge scored five, while Austin Krause added four points. Michael Pugh tallied three points and Erik Drost added two points.

On Friday, the E-Hawks battled Spirit Lake closely all the way but fell by the 41-38 margin. Emmetsburg trailed 11-12 after one quarter and 16-19 at the half, but faced their biggest deficit at the end of the third, an eight-point, 36-28 score. But, the E-Hawks clawed their way back into the contest, only to fall by the 41-38 final score.

Michael Wolff would come off the bench to lead the offense with 10 points, while Zach Overberg added eight points and Ryan Kliegl and Marcus Akridge both had seven points. Jake Carlson scored four points and Austin Krause would close the effort with two points.

Emmetsburg travels to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn tonight (Tuesday).