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E-Hawks Split Doubleheader With South Central Calhoun

By Staff | Jan 26, 2017

STARE?DOWN - Emmetsburg’s Lindsay Carter intently watches South Central Calhoun’s Maddie Jones for a pick off attempt during play in Tuesday’s 55-57 overtime loss for the Lady E-Hawks. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks and Lady E-Hawks made up a basketball game with South Central Calhoun Monday night and earned a split before weather forced a postponement of Tuesday’s contests with Western Christian.

In Monday’s contest, the Lady E-Hawks would come out and battle South Central Calhoun’s Titan girls evenly through the opening quarter to trail 13-14 as the second quarter started.

The two teams continued their battle through the second stanza, but at the halftime break, South Central Calhoun held a 27-24 advantage over Emmetsburg.

But in the second half, the Lady E-Hawks were able to fight their way back into the contest, matching the Titans bucket for bucket to tie the game at 41-41 to enter the fourth quarter.

Down the stretch, Emmetsburg would take a four-point lead, but South Central Calhoun came back to take a 55-53 lead with 1:00 to play. A late bucket by Emmetsburg would tie the game at 55-55 with :54 to play as the Titans held the ball to go for a game-winning shot, but on a three-point shot at the buzzer, Jordan Hoyman was whistled for a foul, sending South Central Calhoun to the line for three shots.

FAST?BREAK - E-Hawk Dalton Connelly starts a fast break down the court in Emmetsburg,’s 54-51 win over South Central Calhoun Monday night. Connelly would score seven three-pointers in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

The first shot was waved off for a line violation, and the next two shots missed to send the game to overtime.

Neither team would score through the first 3:20 of the overtime period, but the Titans got a bucket with :40 to play for a 57-55 lead.

Emmetsburg would try for a couple of final shots but couldn’t get a good look at the bucket as time ran out for the 57-55 overtime loss.

Bailey Naig would lead Emmetsburg with 21 points, while Kayla Joyce added eight points. Molly Schany chipped in seven points, with Gretchen Hofstad and Raven Brown both scoring six points each. Jordan Hoyman added four points and Lindsay Carter chipped in three points in the effort, which gives Emmetsburg a mark of 2-6 in the league and 3-10 overall.

The outcome was much different for the E-Hawk boys, as they outlasted South Central Calhoun to claim a 54-51 victory in the nightcap game Monday night.

The E-Hawks would take a 15-12 lead after the opening quarter and clamped down defensively to hold the Titans to just six points on their way to a 30-18 lead at the intermission, buoyed by a half-dozen three-point field goals from Dalton Connelly.

But in the second half, South Central Calhoun came out and found a way to counter the E-Hawk defense and tied the game at 40-40 to start the final quarter. As the clock wound down, the two teams matched bucket for bucket, but the E-Hawks would get a seventh trey from Connelly to open up a little breathing room.

A late free throw from Thomas Schultes with :16 to play would make the score 54-51 as the E-Hawks held on to take the win.

Dalton Connelly led the effort with 21 points, while Thomas Schultes added 15 markers. Blake VerMulm tallied 11 points, while Max Dunlap scored four points and Grant Deitering added three tallies.

Emmetsburg improved to 6-7 overall on the season with the win and is 2-6 in Lakes Conference play.