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Lady E-Hawks’ Post Season Ends

By Staff | Feb 14, 2012

NAIG?HONORED - Paige Naig was awarded the game ball Saturday night after scoring 18 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Naig ended her prep career with a total of 1,005 points in an Emmetsburg uniform.-- Dan Voigt photo

The second season came to an abrupt end Saturday night for Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks, as they were eliminated in the first round of 2A regional tourney play in a 46-35 setback to North Sentral Kossuth/ Armstrong-Ringsted. But even in the defeat, there was a bright moment for the Lady E-Hawks.

Senior four-year starter Paige Naig scored 18 points in the contest and with her 14th point, broke the 1,000 point barrier. Naig would end the game and her prep career with 1,005 points as a Lady E-Hawk, and was awarded the game ball at the conclusion of the contest.

The game started with both teams struggling to find their offense, as shots would not fall and the quarter ended with a 7-7 deadlock.

The defensive pressure of NSK/AR began to take its toll on the Lady E-Hawks in the second quarter, as they forced several turnovers and were able to convert turnovers into points to take a 23-13 lead at the halftime break.

The second half opened with the Eagles continuing to put forth a pressure defense that continued to bother Emmetsburg on the offensive end, and NSK/AR was able to make some three-point shots as the Lady E-Hawks struggled to cover the Eagles defensively.

I;LL?TAKE?THAT - Emmetsburg’s Faith Schmiidt pulls down a rebound against NSKAR’s Tori Johnson in Saturday’s Regional tourney game at Emmetsburg. The Lady E-Hawks would see their season come to a close in a 46-35 loss. -- Dan Voigt photo

As the third quarter ended, Emmetsburg trailed by a 40-26 tally.

But in the final quarter, Emmetsburg tried to fight back, outscoring NSK/AR by 9-6 in the quarter, but it was too much of a deficit to erase.

Naig was able to break the thousand-point barrier with a short jumper with 5:31 to go in the game, and would add four more points before the game’s end to give her 1,005 points in her prep career.

Emmetsburg would be led by Paige Naig’s 18 points, while Faith Schmidt added nine points to the tally. Ashton Connelly scored four points, while Hadley Egland and Alexa Naig both scored two points.