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Basketball Teams Split Games During Two-Night Stand

By Staff | Jan 23, 2018

WORKING?IN?TRAFFIC - Emmetsburg’s Ben Dunlap fights through the Pocahontas Area defense to get to the bucket during play Friday night. Emmetsburg would fall in a 70-53 loss to the Indians. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s girls and boys basketball teams earned a split in games in back-to-back nights of play at week’s end.

On Thursday, the Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks ventured to Estherville Lincoln Central in a non-conference tilt and on Friday, Emmetsburg returned home to host Pocahontas Area in Twin Lakes Conference action.

In Thursday’s matchup, the Lady E-Hawks took an early 18-7 lead and never looked back on their way to a 62-36 victory over the Midgets. After leading 18-7 at the end of the first quarter, Emmetsburg held ELC?to seven points in the second quarter and eased out to a 37-14 lead at the intermission. In the third quarter, the game tightened up as ELC?matched the Lady E-Hawks almost bucket for bucket, but still trailed 49-24 as the final quarter started. The two teams played evenly the rest of the way but Emmetsburg had too much of a lead for ELC?to overcome as the Lady E-Hawks earned the 62-36 victory.

Molly Schany racked up the double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Lindsay Carter added 11 points and Raven Brown dropped in 10 points. Abbie Schany tallied nine points, while Gretchen Hofstad and Hailey Foxhoven both scored five points each and Somer Hudson added three points to the effort.

The boys contest was a closer contest, as the E-Hawks would trail 12-7 after one quarter and were behind 11-17 at the half-time break. in the third quarter, Emmetsburg would outscore the Midgets 15-7 to take a 26-24 lead going into the final quarter, but ELC would come up with free throws down the stretch to steal the game away with a 38-34 final win over Emmetsburg.

GETTING?A?LOOK - Lady E-Hawk Lindsay Carter gets a look at the bucket against the Pocahontas Area defense in a hard-fought, 52-51 win over the Indians on Friday night. Carter would score 17 points in the win. -- Dan Voigt photo

Blake VerMulm led Emmetsburg with nine points, while Ben Dunlap added seven tallies and Zach Mason scored six points. Dylan Kibbie added five points, with Hunter McAllister adding four points and Tim Geelan chipping in three points.

Returning home on Friday night, Emmetsburg would split with Pocahontas Area in league play.

The Lady E-Hawks would battle the Indians all night long, trailing 15-8 after one quarter and 19-22 at the break. Emmetsburg would rally in the third quarter to take a 39-36 lead, but down the stretch, had to battle and play tough defense at the end to slip by with a 52-51 win.

Lindsay Carter paced the Lady E-Hawks with 17 points, while Abbie Schany added 13 tallies. Raven Brown scored 10 points, while Molly Schany and Gretchen Hofstad both scored six points each as Emmetsburg improved to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in league play.

For the E-Hawks, a good start gave them an 18-12 lead after the opening quarter, but the Indians fought back to tie the game at 32-32 at the break. In the third quarter, PAC would take the lead away from Emmetsburg, jumping out to a 57-40 advantage at the end of the quarter. Down the stretch, Emmetsburg tried to fight their way back into the contest but would come up short in a 55-70 loss to the Indians.

For the E-Hawks, Ben Dunlap would tally 21 points, while Zach Mason scored 11 points. Hunter McAllister came away with seven points and Blake VerMulm scored six points. Tim Geelan added four points, while Gerard Ruiz came off the bench to score three points and Brennan Duhn added two points. Dylan Kibbie rounded out the scoring with one point.

The E-Hawks fell to 4-11 overall on the season and 1-6 in Twin Lakes Conference play.