The first half of the season for the Emmetsburg E-Hawk Junior Varsity squad has resulted in a 3-4 mark for Coach Phil Geelan's players.
The E-Hawk reserves opened their season on Nov. 29 with a 53-44 win over the Indians of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer. Emmetsburg would trail 10-12 after one quarter, but came back to lead 27-19 at the half and 34-26 after the third quarter before taking the 53-44 victory.
Austin Krause would earn the double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Myers added 11 points and five steals. Michael Pugh tallied eight points, with Erik Drost adding eight points and three assists. Aaron Bird scored seven points, with Joe Jackson adding six points and Brandon Elbert chipping in to points.
The E-Hawks made 15 of 38 shots inside the arc and four of 11 outside, with 11 of 17 free throws.
On Dec. 6 the E-Hawks entertained Estherville Lincoln Central but fell by a bucket in a tough 33-31 loss.
Emmetsburg led 13-4 after the first quarter, but the Midgets battled back to trail by one, 15-14, at the intermission. ELC would take the lead after three quarters, at 25-22, but Emmetsburg would fight hard in the final quarter and almost caught the Midgets, only to see a last second shot bounce off for the 33-31 heartbreaking loss.
Once again Austin Krause led the offense with eight points and six rebounds, while Mike Myers added six points, six boards and made four steals. Michael Pugh scored five points and grabbed four rebounds while Brandon Elbert and Aaron Bird both had four points, with Bird grabbing four rebounds. Erik Drost rounded out the scoring two points with five rebounds.
Emmetsburg hit 11 of 32 shots from two-point range and just two of 13 long balls, while making three of six free throws as they moved to 1-1.
A tough spell would follow for the young E-Hawks, as they would travel to LeMars on Dec. 9, where they suffered a 57-21 loss to the Bulldogs.
It was tough going in the first quarter as Emmetsburg trailed 13-2 after the first quarter. The E-Hawks would trail 30-10 at halftime and only scored six points in the third quarter to trail 51-16. Cold shooting and tough defense would combine to hold the E-Hawks to just five points in the final quarter for the 57-21 final score.
Emmetsburg got six points from Austin Krause, who added nine rebounds. Mike Myers added five points, with Erik Drost, Tate Kizzier and Michael Pugh all scoring three points. Brandon Elbert added a free throw to the effort.
Emmetsburg made just three of 21 shots from two-point range and two of six three-pointers, and made nine of 21 free throws in the loss.
The JV boys entertained Harris-Lake Park on Monday, Dec. 12, and came up a bucket shy in a 39-37 setback to fall to 1-3.
The game was tied at 6-6 after the first quarter, with Harris-Lake Park edging out to a 17-16 lead at the halftime break.
Emmetsburg would lead 25-21 after the third quarter, but in the final frame, the visiting Wolves managed to slip past the E-Hawks to steal the 39-37 win.
Michael Pugh would lead the offense with nine points, while Austin Krause added seven points. Erik Drost chipped in six points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Aaron Bird scored five points.
Joe Jackson and Brandon Elbert both scored four points and Mike Myers added two points.
The E-Hawks made 13 of 46 shots from the field and two of 12 three-pointers, along with five of 10 free throws.
Entertaining Spencer on the following night, the young E-Hawks came up on the wrong end of a 41-33 decision to drop to 1-4 on the season Dec. 13.
The game stayed close through the first half, with Emmetsburg trailing 22-16 at halftime, but the E-Hawks couldn't close the margin through the second half and fell by the 41-33 final score.
Michael Pugh would lead the offensive effort in the loss with a 10-point performance, while Brandon Elbert added nine points. Austin Krause added six points, with Erik Drost adding four points and grabbing six rebounds with five steals.
Aaron Bird would score two points and pulled down four rebounds and Mike Myers added two points and four rebounds as well.
With a four-game losing streak, the E-Hawk JV wanted to get back on the positive side going into the final week of the first half of the season. Traveling to Storm Lake on Dec. 16, the E-Hawks got the monkey off their back with a 57-45 victory over the Tornado junior varsity in Storm Lake.
It was a slow start as Emmetsburg took a 9-4 lead after the first quarter of play, but the E-Hawks found their offense in the second quarter and took a four-point lead with a 24-20 advantage at the intermission.
Emmetsburg would pour on the offense in the third quarter, and toughened up on defense to limit Storm Lake to eight points in the third frame while jumping out to a 43-28 advantage to start the final quarter of play. Emmetsburg would hold off a furious late rally by the Tornadoes to earn the 57-45 victory.
Mike Myers would score 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win, while Austin Krause added 13 points and collected five boards. Erik Drost scored 10 points with eight board, while Michael Pugh scored seven points. Aaron Bird chipped in five points and hauled in five rebounds, while Brandon Elbert added four points. Joe Jackson scored three points and Tate Kizzier rounded out the effort with two points as Emmetsburg improved to 2-4 on the season.
The first half of the season on the hardwood would end on Thursday, Dec. 22 at Milford as the E-Hawk JV took a 45-34 victory over the Okoboji Pioneers.
The young E-Hawks would trail 10-6 after the opening quarter of play and trailed by eight points, 20-12, at the halftime break.
In the second half, the E-Hawks came out and tightened up their defensive efforts to hold Okoboji to just five points in the third quarter, Meanwhile, Emmetsburg's offense added nine points to their total to trail 25-21 to start the final quarter.
Emmetsburg would continued to put up a solid defensive effort, but on the other end of the floor, the offense was firing on all cylinders in the final period as Emmetsburg outscored Okoboji 24-9 down the stretch, using the free throw line to their advantage to earn the 45-34 victory to improve to 3-4 on the season.
Michael Pugh would lead the young E-Hawks with 14 points and also collected seven rebounds in the winning effort.
Mike Myers added eight points and four rebounds, while Brandon Elbert also added eight points. Erik Drost scored seven points and added nine rebounds to the effort, while Aaron Bird tallied three points and grabbed six boards.
Joe Jackson would score two points and Landon Schiek made a free throw in the win.
Emmetsburg hit 13 of 36 shots from the field and two of 10 three-pointers, but the difference came at the free throw line, as Emmetsburg made 14 of 20 shots while Okoboji hit six of seven.