Emmetsburg's girls and boys basketball teams hosted the Pioneers of Okoboji in a makeup game Monday evening and earned a split at the end of the evening's action. The Lady E-Hawks fell to Okoboji by a 47-32 margin but the E-Hawk boys withstood a furious rally to take a 48-46 victory.
The girls contest featured a meeting of former Emmetsburg players as coaches, with Okoboji's Abby Goodlaxson returning to her home floor to face Emmetsburg Coach Annie (Burdorf) Fiene.
Both teams would struggle offensively in the opening period on Monday, as Okoboji would eventually claim a 9-6 lead over the Lady E-Hawks. Both ball clubs continued to struggle somewhat in the second quarter, but it was the Pioneers who were able to pull out to a 22-14 advantage at the intermission.
Emmetsburg would get a better handle on the Okoboji defense in the third period, as the Lady E-Hawks got several nice looks at the bucket and were able to outscore Okoboji by a 12-9 margin to cut the deficit to five points, 26-31, going into the final quarter.
But Okoboji readjusted their defense and took away the Lady E-Hawks' second shot opportunities to edge out to the 47-32 win over Emmetsburg.
Ashton Connelly would finish the night with 19 points. Alexa Naig and Hadley Egland both added four points to the effort, while Whitney Kibbie made three points and Michaela Rehm added a bucket for two points.
The boys contest got off to a slow start in the first quarter, as Emmetsburg found themselves trailing 14-8 at the end of the first stanza. But as the second quarter wound down, Emmetsburg would find a spark and powered past the Pioneers to take a 30-25 advantage at the intermission after outscoring Okoboji 22-9 in the quarter.
The offenses in the third quarter were as frigid as the temperatures outside the gym Monday night as neither team could get much going. Emmetsburg would score just five points in the quarter while the Pioneers answered with six tallies to make the score 35-31 at the end of the third frame.
Emmetsburg would continue to lead in the final quarter as the clock wound down, but Okoboji continued to chip away at the E-Hawks, using a couple of well-timed three-pointers to make the deficit smaller and smaller.
With just under a minute to go in the contest, Emmetsburg held a 46-43 lead, but an Okoboji trey tied the game up. The E-Hawks would be fouled and missed the free throws, only to see Okoboji lose the ball out of bounds.
Once again, Emmetsburg came downcourt and was fouled, putting Michael Pugh on the charity stripe. Pugh dropped in the shots for a 48-46 lead as the E-Hawks hustled back to play defense.
With the clock ticking down the final few seconds, Okoboji drove in for a shot that rimmed off. A put-back try was too hard and Emmetsburg came down the rebound with :01.9 to go in the game and held on to take the much-deserved win.
A trio of E-Hawks scored in double figures, led by Mike Myers with 15 points. Jake Jackson added 14 points, with Michael Pugh accounting for 13 markers. Austin Krause added four points and Aaron Bird came off the bench to add two points in the win.
Tuesday evening Emmetsburg made the short trip over to Spencer for a pair of Lakes Conference contests that saw Spencer earn the sweep.
In the girls' contest, Emmetsburg traded buckets with the Tigers in the first quarter and trailed 10-6 to start the second quarter and then matched Spencer point for point to trail by four, 18-14, at the intermission.
The Lady E-Hawks would struggle in the third quarter as Spencer would outscore them 11-6 to take a 29-20 lead going into the final frame before earning the 40-23 final victory.
In the contest, Alexa Naig scored nine points to lead Emmetsburg, while Hadley Egland came away with six points. Ashton Connelly and Whitney Kibbie both scored four points in the effort.
After earning a two-point win the night before, the E-Hawks got off to a good start on Tuesday against Spencer, taking a 10-7 lead at the end of the opening quarter of play in the boys contest. But the solid start would stall out as the E-Hawks only made one bucket in the second quarter as Spencer recovered and dropped in 13 unanswered points in the quarter to take a 22-12 lead at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Emmetsburg tallied nine points to trail 43-21 going into the final quarter, and the Tigers would go on to earn the 56-39 win over Emmetsburg.
For the E-Hawks, Jake Jackson led the effort with 12 points, while Michael Pugh added 10 points. Mike Myers chipped in five points, with Austin Krause and Jacob Kibbie both adding four points. Brandon Elbert and Aaron Bird both added two points each to the effort.
Emmetsburg will resume action this Friday night when the girls and boys travel to Storm Lake for Lakes Conference action.