E-Hawks, Lady E-Hawks Split Contests At Week’s End
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks would fall in a three-overtime affair on Thursday but earned a Lakes Conference win on Friday, while the E-Hawks earned a win on Thursday but fell in conference play on Friday night to close out the first week of the new year.
Thursday night the Lady E-Hawks hosted Sioux Central’s Rebels in what would turn into a defensive battle that took three overtimes to decide before Emmetsburg fell by a single point, 38-39.
The low-scoring affair would see Emmetsburg trail 4-3 after the first quarter and 13-7 at the half time break. In the third quarter, Emmetsburg would close the gap, trailing 15-19, and in the final quarter, outscored the Rebels 13-6 to tie the contest at 28-28 to send the game into overtime. Both teams would score four points in the first overtime for a 32-32 tie, and in the second OT, scored three points each for a 35-35 tally, but in the final overtime, Emmetsburg came up a point short for the 38-39 final.
Kate Jackson led the scoring for the Lady E-Hawks with 18 points, while Bailey Naig added seven points. Kayla Joyce chipped in five markers, while Jenna Chapman and Parker Traub both added three points and Kaity Mason scored two points.
The next evening, Emmetsburg hosted Estherville Lincoln Central and claimed a 52-29 win over the Midgets.
Emmetsburg would lead 13-1 after one quarter as they held ELC to a lone point and went on to post a 30-15 lead at the intermission. Emmetsburg would continue to lead in the second half, taking a 38-19 lead to start the final quarter on their way to the 50-27 final score.
Bailey Naig would lead the effort with 15 points, while Jenna Chapman added 10 points. Kate Jackson came away with nine points and Kayla Joyce scored eight points, with Kaity Mason adding six points and Rachel Geelan chipping in two points off the bench.
The spilt gives Emmetsburg a 2-8 mark overall and a 2-4 Lakes Conference mark.
The E-Hawk boys would collect a win on Thursday night against Sioux Central dominating the Rebels in a 52-29 decision. The game opened with the E-Hawks holding a bucket advantage at 12-10, but the defense held Sioux Central to a point in the second quarter and took a 25-11 lead at the intermission. In the third quarter the E-Hawks extended their lead to 39-18 and coasted to the 52-29 win.
Blake VerMulm would lead the effort with 14 points, while Max Dunlap added 11 points and Thomas Schultes scored 10 points. Dalton Connelly chipped in six markers while Wes Schultes had five points. Grant Deitering added three points, with Kyle Kassel scoring two points and Matt Kibbie adding a free throw for one point.
Friday night the E-Hawks would host Estherville Lincoln Central, but struggled early in a 62-54 loss to the Midgets.
The E-Hawks struggled in the first quarter, trailing 10-4, but cut the gap to 24-20 at the half. In the third quarter, Emmetsburg stayed close, trailing 38-33 going into the final quarter, but the Midgets went on a run that would give them the 62-54 final margin of victory over the E-Hawks.
For Emmetsburg, Thomas Schultes and Wes Schultes both scored 14 points each, while Blake VerMulm added 10 points. Dalton Connelly scored eight points, with Brent Wesley tallying four points and Cameron Heddinger and Max Dunlap both scoring two points as the E-Hawks moved to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in league play.