E-Hawks Advancing Down District Trail
SIOUX?RAPIDS – A delay of two days didn’t derail the Emmetsburg E-Hawks in their Class 2A District Quarterfinal tournament opener. After being postponed on Monday due to snow, the E-Hawks stormed into Sioux Rapids and earned a 57-47 win over Sioux Central.
That win sent the E-Hawks into a District semifinal the following night at Paullina against South O’Brien.
Wednesday’s game opened with the E-Hawks making the first bucket of the contest, but Sioux Central would reel off the next seven unanswered points as the E-Hawks tried to get their offense flowing. In the final two minutes of the quarter, Emmetsburg found their shooting touch and began hitting, catching the Rebels and taking a 13-11 lead to end the frame.
The contest would continue with a fast tempo, as the E-Hawks kept up the defensive pressure while expanding their lead to as many as 15 points at one time, as Sioux Central only scored one bucket in the first 6:00 of the quarter.
When the half ended, Emmetsburg held a 30-20 advantage, but the game was far from over.
The E-Hawks would build their lead to 16 points in the third quarter as play resumed, but then the offense cooled as Sioux Central found a spark and cut the deficit to five points when the quarter ended, at 36-30.
Emmetsburg’s lead was trimmed to three with a big bucket by the Rebels just after the start of the final quarter, but Emmetsburg would answer with a jumper by Jake Carlson to make the score 38-33 with 6:45 to go.
A defensive stop and bucket from Zach Overberg made the score 40-33 as the E-Hawks started building their cushion again.
Good defense turned the Rebels away again as the E-Hawks would score and kept adding to their total, taking a 46-33 lead with 3:40 to play after a Michael Wolff backet.
The Rebels sank a three-pointer with 3:10 to go for a 46-36 score, but Emmetsburg would continue to add to their tally, getting a big one-and-one free throw from Ryan Kliegl to make the score 48-36 with 2:22 to play.
Sioux Central would drop in another trey with 1:54 to play to cut the E-Hawk lead to nine points, but Jake Jackson would be fouled and shot a pair for a 50-39 lead moments later.
The game would turn into and exchange of free throws in the final minute, with the E-Hawks hitting the shots down the stretch. Ryan Kliegl would make three of four in the span of :11 to help give the E-Hawks a 55-44 lead.
Sioux Central would drain a pair of three-pointers in the final minute of the game, but a bucket by Jake Jackson with :22 to go sealed the deal with the 57-47 final for the E-Hawks.
Ryan Kliegl would lead Emmetsburg with 17 points, while Jake Jackson made 11 points and Zach Overberg added 10 tallies. Michael Wolff dropped in nine points, with Marcus Akridge scoring six points and Jake Carlson rounding out the effort with four points.
There was little time to rest or prepare for the next evening’s game at Paullina, as the E-Hawks knew South O’Brien had been in Sioux Rapids to watch on Wednesday night.
Emmetsburg blasted out of the starting gate on Thursday night in the district semi-final, jumping out to a 13-3 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
The game would settle in during the second quarter, with the two teams trading bucket for bucket, but with time running out, a “Hail Mary” shot from Jake Jackson would rattle home to send the E-Hawks to the locker room with a nine-point, 25-16 lead.
The second half would take an Emmetsburg flavor, as the E-Hawk defense limited South O’Brien to just seven points. Meanwhile, the E-Hawk offense was tacking on another 17 points to the tally to take the 41-33 lead at the end of three periods of play.
Even with a comfortable lead, Emmetsburg knew that no lead was safe and kept up the pressure. South O’Brien would generate 21 points of offense in the final quarter as Emmetsburg matched the performance with 22 points of their own to take the victory with the 63-44 score.
Jake Jackson would lead the effort with 21 points, while Ryan Kliegl added 18 points. Marcus Akridge scored 13 points, while Zach Overberg chipped in five points. Jake Carlson added four points and Michael Wolff chipped in two points.
The win improves Emmetsburg to 15-8 on the season as they enter the 2A District final tonight (Tuesday) at LeMars against Sioux Center, who defeated Unity Christian on Thursday night.
The winner of the District Championship will play in the Class 2A Substate Game on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City for a berth in the 2012 Iowa Boys High School Basketball Championships.