Freshmen E-Hawks Learn Much During 2015-2016 Season
The 2015-2016 Emmetsburg boys Freshman squad had 10 boys out for basketball this season. They worked hard this season with weightlifting three days a week at 6:30 in the morning and then practicing after school as well.
We worked really hard at improving our fundamentals in all phases of the game of basketball. Our record was 2-9 on the season.
We started out the season with four straight games on the road before Christmas. The season started out great with a win against Algona Garrigan 37-29. We played great defense, but sputtered on offense most of the game when Nick Schany took control and started to drive to the basket to tally a season high 17 points in the game.
We followed that up with a loss to Okoboji 24-39. Connor Joyce was our leading scorer in this contest with nine points.
Next was a close one with Hartley losing 28-34. This was a disappointing loss because I felt we were a better team than how we played.
The last game before Christmas was against Spirit Lake. These were two very evenly matched teams, but Spirit Lake got the win 26-34. Despite having way too many unforced turnovers, we made a surge at the end to keep it a close one.
In these first 4 games, the Freshman played really hard defense, but we were inconsistent on offense.
After Christmas we finally got to play at home which was nice. Home court advantage didn’t help though against a very scrappy Storm Lake squad because we lost 38-58. We didn’t come ready to play which sometimes happens when you don’t have school on a game day. Connor Joyce was able to hit the double digit mark scoring 14 points.
Our second win of the season was an exciting 29-28 win over Pocahontas. We did just enough to get the win and for a second game in a row Connor Joyce was our leading scorer with 11 points.
Next, we played a very good Algona squad tough for a half, but the turnover bug hit in the second half due to a pressing defense. The game got away from us losing 23-54. I told the kids afterwards it was good practice for us because we can’t simulate a press like that in practice, so I was glad we got the chance to improve as the second half went along.
We traveled to Estherville for the next game. We started to pressure Estherville in the second half a little bit where we were able to get some steals, but we couldn’t quite get the job done. We lost 34-44.
We then travelled to Humboldt where we ended up losing 37-44.
These were two games in a row where we did lots of good things, but couldn’t quite put it all together. We were starting to play better team basketball where we would create shots for our teammates. We just weren’t consistent enough shooting the ball.
The last two games were chances to see if we how much we’d improved because we were playing teams for a second time. We were playing with eight kids in these last two games.
We lost to Estherville in a 48-52 battle. Our highest scoring game of the season, but we just couldn’t close the deal. We had three players in double figures which were Corbin Saathoff, Connor Joyce, and Nick Schany. They were definitely making improvements which is what I was shooting for.
The last game of the year was a little disappointing, we lost to Storm Lake 25-35. We had lots of good looks at the basket, but they just didn’t fall which was the theme for the year.
These kids never gave up which shows signs of good character. They improved on the team concept on offense, and realized it isn’t about one guy always creating for himself.
I feel they are so close to being good basketball players, but it will take hard work in the offseason to get where they WANT to be.