The regular season came to a close on a down note for Emmetsburg's basketball teams as they dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday night.
In the girls contest, the Lady E-Hawks would struggle offensively in a 43-28 loss to the Cougars, while the E-Hawk boys would come up short in a 48-44 decision to the Cougars.
The Lady E-Hawks struggled from the opening tipoff as Manson Northwest Webster grabbed the early momentum and jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the opening quarter of action. The Cougars would outscore Emmetsburg 11-8 in the second quarter of play to post a 23-12 lead at the half-time break of the contest.
PLAYIN’ DEFENSE - Emmetsburg’s defense put up a determined effort against Manson Northwest Webster Thursday night, as Austin Krause (52), Erik Drost (32), Brandon Elbert (10), and Michael Pugh (12) along with Mike Myers in the background, close in on the Cougars’ Hudson Spedding. -- Dan Voigt photo
In the second half, Emmetsburg struggled to come up with an offensive spark as they scored just four points as Manson Northwest Webster edged out to a 34-16 advantage to start the final quarter.
In the final period, Emmetsburg would come up with their best output of the night, scoring 12 points, but it was too little too late as Manson took the 43-28 final.
Tegan Olson would lead Emmetsburg with nine points, while Alexa Naig and Bailey Naig both scored eight points each. Hadley Egland would chip in a bucket and Ashton Connelly scored a free throw for one point as the Lady E-Hawks slipped to 12-9 on the season going into Tuesday night's tournament opener against Clarion-Goldfield in Emmetsburg.
For the E-Hawk boys, it was a matter of keeping the defensive pressure going in their contest.
The boys game started in slow fashion, with the two teams battling to a 7-4 score at the end of the first quarter, with the Cougars holding the advantage.
The scoring heated up in the second frame, as Manson Northwest Webster went to big man Cal Twait inside to get things opened up for a 21-18 lead at the half in a much closer contest.
In the second half, physical play was the rule, as the battles in the paint became more intense, but it was the visiting Cougars who were able to work the boards and deny the E-Hawks second-shot opportunities to take a 34-31 lead into the final quarter.
Emmetsburg would never be able to get closer than four points through the final quarter, as the two teams battled bucket for bucket down to the wire before the Cougars claimed the 48-44 win that dropped Emmetsburg to 7-14 on the season.
For the E-Hawks, Austin Krause led the effort with 11 points, while Mike Myers added eight tallies. Erik Drost and Michael Pugh both scored six points, with Max Dunlap adding five markers, with Brandon Elbert and Thomas Schultes both scoring four points.