Lady E-Hawks, E-Hawks Sweep Alta-Aurelia
Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk and E-Hawk basketball teams picked up a pair of victories in Twin Lakes Conference action Tuesday evening. The Lady E-Hawks came away with a 56-45 win over the Warriors, but the boys contest would come down to a last-second shot before the E-Hawks earned the 42-41 victory.
The wins improve the Lady E-Hawks to a mark of 8-2 in the Twin Lakes Conference race and 13-5 overall as their season winds down.
For the Lady E-Hawks, the contest started out quickly for Emmetsburg as they would jump out to a 10-4 lead for several minutes in the opening quarter of play, but Alta- Aurelia managed to close the gap and held a one-point, 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second frame, however, the Lady E-Hawks battled back in what would become a defensive battle, as both teams would match bucket for bucket in the quarter, with Emmetsburg emerging with the narrow, three-point lead, 22-19, at the halftime break.
In the second half of action, Alta-Aurelia tried to make a run at the Lady E-Hawks, actually outscoring Emmetsburg 10-9 in the quarter, but the Lady E-Hawks were able to cling to the two-point advantage at 31-29 to start the final quarter of play.
Down the stretch, Emmetsburg made several defensive stops when they needed to and added in a few three-point field goals in the late going along with solid free throw shooting to gain some breathing room as they held on to record the 56-45 victory.
Leading the offense for Emmetsburg on Tuesday was Molly Schany, who pumped in 22 points in the contest. Abbie Schany would add 13 markers to the tally and Raven Brown scored 11 points. Lindsay Carter had a pair of three-point field goals and a bucket for eight points and Gretchen Hofstad added a bucket for two points.
The boys contest would start out with Emmetsburg taking an early lead and posting a 12-7 advantage at the end of the opening stanza of play. The contest would become physical in the second quarter, as both teams worked the ball up and down the court evenly, as Alta-Aurelia outscored the E-Hawks 12-10 in the quarter to cut the deficit to a 22-19 tally in favor of Emmetsburg at the intermission.
The fast-paced, physical game continued in the second half, as once again, Alta-Aurelia would outscore Emmetsburg in the quarter bu a 13-7 margin to post a 32-29 lead going into the final quarter of play.
Emmetsburg and Alta-Aurelia would trade buckets down the stretch, with Emmetsburg edging out to a slight lead, only to see the Warriors battle back and tie the score.
The lead would go back and forth in the final minutes of the contest, until with :21 to go, the E-Hawks held a 42-41 lead with possession of the ball under the Warriors’ hoop. An inbounds baseball throw to Zach Mason got away from the senior and went out of bounds, giving the Warriors the ball under their own basket.
Alta-Aurelia would take the ball and inbounded it and began passing around the perimeter working for a final shot, Emmetsburg’s defense kept the Warriors from taking the shot until just :01 remained on the clock. A shot was launched from the top of the key but fell off to the side as the horn sounded and Emmetsburg escaped with the one-point win.
For Emmetsburg, Zach Mason would lead the offense with 11 points, while teammate Ben Dunlap added 10 points to the effort. Tim Geelan came away with nine points off the bench, while Hunter McAllister and Blake VerMulm both scored six points each in the winning effort.
The win improved the E-Hawks to 3-7 in league play and 6-12 overall on the season.
The E–Hawks will close out the week on Friday night when they play host to the Panthers of St. Mary’s of Storm Lake in a girl-boy doubleheader.