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E-Hawks Split Contests With Storm Lake Tornadoes

By Staff | Jan 24, 2017

FOULED - Emmetsburg’s Brent Wesley puts up a shot despite pressure from Storm Lake’s Cham Deng in Friday’s 81-45 loss to the Tornadoes. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks earned a much-needed 50-48 win on Friday while the E-Hawks tasted an 81-45 defeat in a Lakes Conference doubleheader with Storm Lake. The win improves the Lady E-Hawks to a mark of 2-6 in league play and 3-9 overall, while the E-Hawks fall to 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the Lakes.

The girls started out slowly on Friday, as Storm Lake would take an early 12-7 lead over the Lady E-Hawks at the end of the first quarter of play. Emmetsburg would fight back in the second quarter, as the defense slowed Storm Lake down. The Lady E-Hawks would claw their way back to take a one-point, 22-21 lead at the intermission of the contest. In the third quarter, Emmetsburg’s offense began to fire on all cylinders as they outscored Storm Lake 20-12 to take a 42-33 lead going into the final quarter.

But Storm Lake refused to conceded, and slowly chipped away at the Lady E-Hawks’ lead and with :43 to play in the contest, the Tornadoes took the lead, 48-47.

With the clock winding down, Emmetsburg would get the ball and worked the offense before Gretchen Hofstad drained a rainbow three-pointer with :03 to put Emmetsburg back on top at 50-48.

Storm Lake would get a final shot at the buzzer that banged off the top of the glass and hit the wall at the buzzer to give Emmetsburg the much-needed win.

FIGHTING?THROUGH - Lady E-Hawk Raven Brown fights her way to the bucked against the defense of Storm Lake’s Nya Malout Friday night. Emmetsburg would earn a 50-48 win over the Tornadoes in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

Bailey Naig led the offensive effort with 17 points, while Gretchen Hofstad added 11 points. Parker Traub and Molly Schany would both score eight points each and kayla Joyce, Jordan Hoyman and Lindsay Carter all scored two points each.

The boys contest got off to a fast start as Storm Lake’s run and gun offense quickly set the tempo of the contest by jumping out to a 26-17 advantage over the E-Hawks at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Emmetsburg tried to stay with the Tornadoes, but the nine-point deficit grew to 15 at the half time break, 45-30.

Storm Lake’s defense tightened in the third quarter, as they held the E-Hawks to just nine points while they extended their lead to 69-39 to start the final quarter.

The continuous clock would come into effect midway through the final quarter as the Tornadoes cruised to the 81-45 victory.

Emmetsburg was led by Dalton Connelly with 10 points, followed by Blake VerMulm with eight points and Thomas Schultes with seven markers. Brent Wesley added five points and Matt Kibbie added four tallies off the bench, while Grant Deitering and Conner Joyce both scored two points and Dylan Kibbie added a free throw for one point.