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E-Hawks Split Against West Hancock

By Staff | Dec 24, 2019

GOING IN - Below, Ben Dunlap rolls off a defender during last Friday’s home matchup against Southeast Valley. The E-Hawks travelled to West Hancock on Monday, Dec. 16 where the boys would beat the Eagles, 41-28. -- Joseph Schany photo

By Joseph Schany

The E-Hawk boys’ basketball team would find success on the road Monday night, taking down the Eagles of West Hancock, 41-28, while the Lady E-Hawks would come up short in a 65-53 setback.

The Emmetsburg boys got off to a great start both offensively and defensively, playing a controlled first half and outscoring West Hancock 21-13.

“I thought we executed our defensive game plan quite well Monday night,” commented Head Coach Bill Geelan. “We saw a lot more communication from our guys which is what I expect as we get further into the season.”

The E-Hawks maintained control of the ball early, improving upon last Friday night’s matchup against Southeast Valley.

“I think we need to continue to work on building some chemistry on offense,” said Geelan.

“We haven’t been as consistent in scoring the basketball in the early going. We have a lot of guys that can score, so now it’s important to grow in our offense and adapt to the different defenses we will see moving forward.”

Ben Dunlap would put 17 points on the board during the contest, including four of five from the free throw line. Under the net, Dunlap grabbed seven rebounds for the E-Hawks.

Lex Kassel and Zach Foxhoven scored seven points for the E-Hawks, with Kassel going four of six from the free throw line. Kassel would grab seven rebounds for Emmetsburg while Foxhoven would recover seven.

The Lady E-Hawks would struggle in the second half after entering the break down by just one point, 31-30, allowing the Eagles to pull away by 12 points in a fourth quarter scoring run to win the game.

No stats were available at press time.

The 3-3 E-Hawks and 4-2 Lady E-Hawks will travel to South Central Calhoun High School to face the Titans on Friday, Dec. 20.