Emmetsburg's basketball teams played back-to-back contests to finish off a busy week on Friday and Saturday and ended up with three losses and one victory in the set. On Friday night, the Lady E-Hawks earned a 31-23 win over the Storm Lake Tornadoes, but on Saturday night, fell to South Central Calhoun's girls in a 41-27 non-conference setback. The E-Hawk boys lost a hard-fought 54-42 contest to the Storm?Lake boys in Lakes Conference play on Friday, and then fell to the Titans of South Central Calhoun on Saturday by a 69-49 final score.
For the Lady E-Hawks, Friday's game opened with the defense pitching a shutout for the first quarter. Emmetsburg would struggle hanging onto the basketball in the first quarter as they earned an 8-0 lead over the Tornadoes and then matched Storm Lake point-for-point in the second quarter to post a 17-9 lead at the end of the first half of play.
In the third quarter, Emmetsburg struggled to get any kind of offensive flow going in their game, as they struggled to get open shots, but were able to maintain a 10-point, 24-14 lead at the end of the quarter. In the final frame, Emmetsburg would see Storm Lake outscore the Lady E-Hawks 9-7, but it was too little, too late for Storm Lake, as they lost their 50th consecutive game to Emmetsburg by the 31-23 final score.
Ashton Connelly and Alexa Naig both scored 10 points each in the victory for the Lady E-Hawks, while Hadley Egland added four points. Whitney Kibbie, Michaela Rehm and Kaity Mason all scored two points in the win.
It would be a different story on Saturday night as Emmetsburg hosted South Central Calhoun and struggled offensively in a 41-27 loss.
The visiting Titans used a size advantage to put the Lady E-Hawks down 11-2 at the end of the first quarter and then went on to take a 21-9 lead at the intermission. Emmetsburg would outscore the Titans in the third frame by a 13-8 margin to cut the deficit to 29-22 to start the final quarter, but South Central Calhoun re-started their offense and powered away to the 41-27 victory.
Ashton Connelly would lead Emmetsburg with 13 points, while Alexa Naig added 12 points and Michaela Rehm added the final two points.
The Lady E-Hawks will finish up the first half of the season hosting the Okoboji girls on Thursday night and then hosting Western Christian on Friday night.
Emmetsburg's boys had a bad third quarter in their outing against Storm Lake on Friday night that would lead to their 54-42 loss to the Tornadoes.
Emmetsburg had problems dealing with the pressure defense of the Tornadoes to start the contest, and would trail 19-12 when the first quarter of play ended. But, the E-Hawks continued to battle and cut that deficit from seven points down to three by the end of the quarter to trail 29-26 at the half-time break.
But in the third quarter, the wheels fell off the wagon. Storm Lake would run away from the E-Hawks, outscoring Emmetsburg by a 15-2 margin over eight minutes to take a 44-28 lead going into the final quarter.
But Emmetsburg battled back and outscored the Tornadoes 14-10 over the fourth quarter, but the early deficits were too much to overcome as the E-Hawks fell by the 54-42 final tally.
Jake Jackson would tally 15 points in the loss, while Erik Drost added 12 points. Austin Krause, Michael Pugh and Mike Myers all finished the contest with five points each.
Finishing out their fourth game of the week on Saturday, Emmetsburg fell victim to a three-point shooting South Central Calhoun ballclub in a 69-49 contest.
The tone was set early as the visiting Titans began lighting up the scoreboard quickly with three point shots, taking a 28-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The scoring pace slowed somewhat for the Titans in the second quarter as Emmetsburg would outscore SCC?13-11 to make the score 39-26 at the break.
South Central Calhoun continued to shoot the ball well in the second half, but Emmetsburg stayed with the Titans in the third frame as both clubs tallied 14 points each for a 40-53 tally at the end of the third. But down the stretch, South Central Calhoun continued to make their shots while the E-Hawks ran into some foul trouble and ended up falling by the 69-49 final score.
Mike Myers led Emmetsburg's offense with 15 points on the night and was followed by Erik Drost with 12 points and Michael Pugh chipped in 10 points. Austin Krause added six points before fouling out and Aaron Bird, Brandon Elbert and Jacob Kibbie all scored two points in the effort.
The E-Hawks will play two boys games at Sioux Rapids tonight (Tuesday) against the Rebels of Sioux Central, and then host the Okoboji Pioneers on Thursday night before closing out the first half of the season by hosting the Wolfpack of Hull Western Christian in Lakes Conference play on Friday night.