Emmetsburg Earns Split At Spencer
SPENCER – With memories of a sour taste from their last meeting with Spencer, Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk and E-Hawk basketball teams traveled to Spencer Tuesday night on a mission.
The mission was to avenge a pair of overtime losses to the Tigers from back in December on Emmetsburg’s home court.
For the Lady E-Hawks, the script didn’t quite pan out as hoped, but for the E-Hawks, the outcome was far better than anyone had expected.
The Lady E-Hawks battled hard in a 36-31 loss to the Tigers in a low-scoring affair, while the E-Hawks flew away from Spencer in the second half on their way to a 61-22 shellacking of the Tigers.
For Coach John Kennedy’s Lady E-Hawks, the contest started a little slowly, as Emmetsburg was only able to score six points in the opening quarter of play, while Spencer worked out to a narrow, 10-6 advantage when the first eight minutes were completed.
Emmetsburg would continue to struggle slightly on the offensive end of the court in the second quarter, but stayed with Spencer, matching bucket for bucket, but would end up trailing by a 21-15 tally at the intermission.
In the second half, Emmetsburg began to find their game, as they would go on to outscore Spencer 10-9 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to five, 30-25.
But in the final quarter, Spencer would play the delay game, as Emmetsburg would match the Tigers bucket for bucket to score six points each way, but Emmetsburg could not erase the five point deficit for the 36-31 margin of loss.
Only three of the Emmetsburg squad found the bucket in the contest, as Faith Schmidt led the effort with 13 points, while Paige Naig tallied 11 points and Ashton Connelly scored seven points.
The loss gives the Lady E-Hawks a Lakes Conference mark of 3-6 and an 8-7 mark overall on the season.
For Coach Mike Brennan’s E-Hawks, it was a Homecoming of sorts on Tuesday as the roster was graced by the return of junior Jake Jackson to the lineup after an absence of seven weeks due to illness.
Jackson made his presence known quickly as the E-Hawks came out of the starting gate firing on all cylinders. Emmetsburg wasted little time in taking a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter of action.
In the second quarter, the E-hawk defense began to stake its claim on the court of the Fieldhouse, as they would limit Spencer to just six points in the second frame, while on the offensive end of the floor, Emmetsburg had racked up 15 points to take a 28-15 lead at the intermission.
Emmetsburg had a full head of steam to start the second half and picked up right where they led off. The offense continued to score almost at will, while the defensive effort simply frustrated the Tigers.
When the third quarter ended, Emmetsburg had given up five points while scoring another 15 for a 43-20 lead.
In the final quarter, the defense did its’ job well, giving up a lone bucket to the Tigers over the final eight minutes as the E-Hawks added 18 points to their tally for the 61-22 revenge victory.
Jake Jackson’s return yielded a team-high 15 points, while Michael Wolff added 14 points. Ryan Kliegl chipped in a dozen tallies. Jake Carlson and Marcus Akridge both scored six points each, with Zach Overberg and Michael Myers each adding three points and Brady Berkland rounding out the effort with two points.
The win improves Emmetsburg to 7-7 overall and 3-6 in league play as they prepare to host Storm Lake in Emmetsburg this Friday evening.