Emmetsburg Sweeps Cherokee On Road
CHEROKEE – It’s always tough to win on the road, and both the Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks were tested Friday night at Cherokee. Both squads overcame tough second quarters to emerge victorious in their respective games against the Braves.
For the Lady E-Hawks, a 50-45 victory would come only after two rugged periods of play on Friday night.
Emmetsburg jumped on the Braves in a big wat to open the game, taking a 21-6 advantage over the Cherokee girls, but in the second quarter, the wheels literally fell of the Lady E-Hawks’ wagon.
Cherokee would hold Emmetsburg scoreless for nearly 3:00 as they made a run at the Lady E-Hawks. Emmetsburg would hang on to take a 28-23 lead at halftime.
But in the third quarter, Cherokee continued to chip away at the Lady E-Hawks, using a full court press to force numerous turnovers as Emmetsburg couldn’t score. The Lady E-Hawks’ first points of the third came with 1:38 to go in the quarter, and Emmetsburg would trail 34-35 to start the final quarter.
But just as quickly as their fortune had turned against them, Emmetsburg came back. Shots began to fall for the Lady E-Hawks, who would go on to earn the 50-45 win.
Paige Naig would tally 17 points in the win, with Ashton Connelly adding 14 points. Alexa Naig chipped in 10 points on the night, while Kaity Degen added four markers. Hadley Egland scored three points and Faith Schmidt added two tallies.
The boys game was almost written from the same script, as Emmetsburg took an early 25-12 lead after the opening quarter of play. But in the second quarter, Cherokee fought back as Emmetsburg’s shooting touch went on a break. The E-Hawks got plenty of looks, but no drops in the quarter, scoring just four points while the Braves added 17 to tie the game at 29-29 for the intermission.
Something needed to happen in the second half to break the E-Hawks out of their shooting slump. Emmetsburg would open the third period with a lightning-quick 11-0 run for a 40-29 lead with 5:35 to go in the third. With the cold shooting chased out the door, Emmetsburg would go on to outscore the Braes 18-8 in the third for a 47-37 lead to start the final frame.
The E-Hawks would continue to hold a comfortable margin through the final quarter as Coach Mike Brennan would bring in the reserves to end the game with th 59-56 victory.
The E-Hawk offense was led by the play of Michael Wolfe, who led the way with 24 points in the win. Marcus Akridge added 15 points and Ryan Kliegl came up with 14 points. Jake Carlson scored 10 points, with Zach Overberg added four points and Austin Krause rounding out the effort with two points.
Emmetsburg will travel to Estherville Lincoln Central tonight (Tuesday)?for Lakes Conference action and then return home on Friday night, Jan. 20, to start the second run through the Lakes Conference by hosting LeMars.