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E-Hawks’ Post Season Run Ends In Opening Round

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

CENTER?OF?ATTENTION?- E-Hawk Wes Schultes draws the attention of the OKoboji defense as he puts up a jumper in Emmetsburg’s 46-52 loss Monday night. Schultes would score eight points in the final game of the season. -- Dan Voigt photo

MILFORD?- The post season run of the Emmetsburg E-Hawks came to a close Monday night in a 52-46 loss to Okoboji in the first round of Class 2A District tournament play. The loss ends Emmetsburg’s season at 4-17.

After closing out their regular season with a win over Manson Northwest Webster ;ast Thursday night, the E-Hawks entered the post-season Monday with extra momentum as they traveled to Milford to take on Okoboji.

When the game started, Emmetsburg came out with great gusto and caught Okoboji by surprise, limiting the Pioneers to just four points as the E-Hawks would jump out to a 17-4 lead when the first quarter of play came to a close.

But Okoboji would find their footing in the second quarter as they were able to knock down several three-point shots as Emmetsburg’s offense cooled, and by the time the second quarter came to a conclusion, Emmetsburg’s lead had evaporated to a deuce at 25-23, as Okoboji had outscored the E-Hawks 19-8 in the second quarter.

When the game resumed following the intermission, the two squads would trade buckets back and forth in a very evenly-played quarter of action, with Emmetsburg outscoring Okoboji 14-13 to post a three-point, 39-36 lead to start the final quarter of the contest.

BIG?REBOUND - Emmetsburg’s Cameron Heddinger skies for a rebound of an errant Okoboji shot in Monday’s Class 2A District tournament game at Milford. -- Dan Voigt photo

Neither team would be able to find the basket in the first few minutes of the final quarter, but Okoboji continued to battle, and with 6:22 left in the contest, the Pioneers would take the lead for the first time, 40-39.

The E-Hawks battled back to post a 43-40 lead, but Okoboji would tie the contest with 3:19 to go at 43-43. Both teams would add buckets in the next minute but the E-Hawks would trail 47-46 with 1:00 to play. Okoboji would get a bucket and a free throw for a 50-46 lead with :30 to play, and a final pair of free throws would seal the deal as Okoboji would hold the ball for the final second after a missed shot by the E-Hawks for the 52-46 final.

For Emmetsburg, Thomas Schultes would lead the effort with 14 points, 10 of which were scored in the first quarter before he injured an ankle in the second quarter and was slowed the remainder of the contest.

Wes Schultes and Dalton Connelly both scored eight points each, while Blake Ver Mulm added six points to the tally and Brent Wesley chipped in two points to close out the scoring.