Emmetsburg Teams Split Doubleheader With Cherokee
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks opened the regular season Tuesday night hosting Cherokee in non-conference action. The locals would end up with a split of their contests, as the Lady E-Hawks would fall by an 81-54 margin, but the E-Hawk boys fought off a determined rally in the final minutes to escape with a 38-36 victory over the Braves.
The Lady E-Hawks started out well against a senior-dominated Cherokee ballclub, matching the Braves bucket for bucket in the first quarter and actually held an 18-17 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
In the second frame, however, Cherokee made defensive adjustments that would get the Lady E-Hawks out of their offensive flow. Cherokee got several turnovers and used them to their advantage to take an 11-point, 47-36 lead at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Cherokee’s pressure defense continued to bother Emmetsburg, holding the Lady E-Hawks to 11 points as the Braves built a 62-47 lead for the final quarter and went on to claim the 81-54 final margin of victory over Emmetsburg.
For the Lady E-Hawks, Abbie Schany led the offense with 19 points, while Molly Schany added 17 markers and Gretchen Hofstad chipped in seven points. Lindsay Carter tallied four points and Maggie Jackson came off the bench to contribute four points as well. Raven Brown scored three points and Mackenzie King added a free throw for one point.
In the boys half of the double-dip, the contest became a battle of ball control from the outset, as both teams committed numerous turnovers in the first quarter. The scoring was slow in the quarter, but it was Emmetsburg taking a 10-5 lead when the first period ended.
Both teams cleaned up their ball handling somewhat in the second quarter, but shooting still was a struggle at times, as Emmetsburg posted a 22-14 lead at the intermission.
As the second half opened, Emmetsburg came out and gave a good defensive showing, limiting Cherokee to just five points in the quarter, while they scored 11 points for a 33-19 lead going into the final frame.
But down the stretch, Emmetsburg seemed to have a lid on their basket, scoring just one free throw in the first five and a half minutes of the quarter, while Cherokee slowly clawed their way back into the game.
The Braves would keep chipping away at Emmetsburg’s lead and with 2:35 to play, Cherokee trailed 34-31. After an exchange of possessions, Cherokee tied the game at 34-34 with 2:18 to go.
The E-Hawks got a bucket from Blake VerMulm with 1:42 to play for a 36-34 lead, but the Braves would tie it up with :52 to go at 36-36.
Emmetsburg would get the ball and worked the clock down to :08 when VerMulm was fouled and went to the line to shoot the bonus. The senior calmly sank the first shot for a 37-36 lead, and then dropped the bonus shot through the cords for the 38-36 lead.
Cherokee would get the ball and raced downcourt for a last desperation three pointer that bounced off the rim and a put-back shot was too late as the horn sounded, giving Emmetsburg the narrow 38-36 victory.
For the E-Hawks, Blake VerMulm led the effort with 14 points, while Zach Mason scored seven points and Hunter McAllister tallied six points. Ben Dunlap came off the bench to add five points to the tally, while Corbin Saathoff and Tim Geelan both scored three points each.
The Emmetsburg teams will travel to Ruthven Friday night, Dec. 1, to take on Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire.