Emmetsburg boys and girls basketball teams square off against the Cherokee Washington Braves in the season’s home opener
And so it begins. The start of the Emmetsburg E-Hawks Girls and Boys 2019-2020 basketball seasons. Coach Anna Fiene and her squad will play host to the Cherokee Washington Braves with tip-off scheduled for 6:15pm tonight, December 3rd.
This will be the first regular season game for the Lady E-Hawks and following a 15-8 finish last year. Historically, Cherokee Washington has caused plenty of issues for the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawks. In the 20 games that they have played against each other, the Braves have managed a 13-7 win/loss record. Last season, the E-Hawks fell victim to a 73-32 rout. Hoping to change the narrative on history and projections, they are hoping to be able to hold junior stand out JeMae Nichols at bay.
Before Thanksgiving break, the Braves fell to Sioux City West with a final score of 90-70. Previously mentioned Nichols ended her night leading the team in points (20) and rebounds (11) Emmetsburg will likely rely on Molly Schany to do a lot of the same as last year from inside the paint in order to keep the ball in the possession of the E-Hawks by dominating the rebound game.
E-Hawk fans came to expect big things from junior Abbie Schany last season after she started setting the tone offensively. A. Schany proved to be a tough kid with a passion to win getting taken out of one game following a laceration to the head during play. Abbie was the team’s season leader in free throws making 68.8% of her attempts. She also ended her season with a 32.5% field goal percentage and didn’t do too bad beyond the arc either when she completed 27.7% of her three point shots.
Possessing a heavy loaded senior squad this season, hopes are high for a longer stretch into the playoffs. But in order to get there, the Lady E-Hawks will need to take each game one play at a time.
Later into the night, fans will be able to watch the boys start their season in the home opener as well. Coach Bill Geelan and his squad finished last season with their heads held high, but are hoping for a better outcome this year. The E-Hawks ended their season ranked 8th in Twin Lakes standings with a record of 8-14.
Coach Geelan will rely heavily on the veteran players to maintain a more aggressive style of play against a team that they have been able to win 12 of the 19 games.
Last season though, the E-Hawks were dealt a heavy defeat by the Braves with a final score of 62-34. The team was held to single digits in scoring individually, but were able to find some success defensively in rebounds.
The Emmetsburg boys basketball game is scheduled to start at 7:45pm following the girls.
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