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Lady E-Hawks Defeat Spencer, E-Hawk Boys Face Setback

December 17, 2019
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

By Joseph Schany

The E-Hawk girls' and boys' basketball teams hosted the Spencer Tigers at Emmetsburg High School on Monday nigh, Dec. 9 with very different outcomes.

While the Lady E-hawks would best the Tigers, 54-43, the boys would come up short in a 50-30 setback.

Lady E-Hawks

The Emmetsburg girls got off to an early start in the first quarter, getting points on the board and maintaining control of the ball, outscoring the Tigers 14-9. In the second, Spencer kept pace with the Lady E-Hawks to enter halftime within four. In the second half, Emmetsburg would continue their success in controlling the ball and hold their lead through the last buzzer.

"I though our girls played really hard," said Head Coach Annie Fiene. "Spencer likes to play at a fast pace and we handled them well. I would like to see us cut down on our turnovers but, overall, I really liked how intensely our girls played."

Molly Schany would account for over half of Emmetsburg's point tally, putting up 31 points against the Tigers, while Abbie Schany, Maddy Mueller, Raven Brown, Gretchen Hofstad, Hailey Foxhovem, Lindsay Carter, and Raegan Swanson all contained Spencer defensively.

"We got some big minutes from our bench and I thought everyone contributed to our win," said Fiene.


While the E-Hawks would put up a strong effort against the Spencer Tigers on Monday night, some crucial missed shots and a struggle against an athletic Tiger offense would spell defeat for Emmetsburg.

The E-Hawks would take an early lead in the first quarter, forcing the Tigers into unsteady shots. However, Spencer would find their rhythm in the last minutes of the first and connect crucial baskets to pull ahead, 19-14. The second quarter would see the E-Hawks aggressively press the Tigers but lose the rebound battle under the net. Heading into the break, the Tigers would lead by nine, 27-18. In the second half, Emmetsburg struggled to control the ball and find the basket, scoring only two points in the third quarter. Spencer would continue their offensive success in the fourth quarter to get the 50-30 win.

"I thought we played a great first half and we executed a lot of things offensively," said Head Coach Bill Geelan. "Spencer has a lot of guys who are really athletic and that posed a lot of issues for us. We gave a pretty good effort for most of the game, but I think we have some more in our tanks that needs to get let out for us to win games against talented opponents. We just need to put together four quarters of solid offense moving forward."

The E-Hawks faced the Storm Lake Tornadoes on Tuesday night and will host Southeast Valley at EHS on Friday, Dec. 13.



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