Dramatic Finish in Home Opener of Basketball Season for Emmetsburg

E’Hawks force an overtime game in defeat.

In what turned into a dramatic home opener at the Emmetsburg High School, both the E-Hawks girls’ and boys’ basketball teams fell to the Cherokee Washington Braves.

In the girls’ game, senior Molly Schany went nuts scoring 21 points in the overtime defeat with the final score of 59-55. The squad kept the game close headed into halftime trailing by just three with Cherokee on top 20-17.

Coming back from the break, the Lady E-Hawks felt the tide of the game turning to their favor after matching 13 points scored with the Braves making it a 33-30 game headed into the 4th. With a sense of urgency, Coach Fiene’s girls came back with a monstrous 4th quarter and sent the game into overtime after scoring 16 points to the Braves’ 13 and an end of regulation score of 46-46. But the Braves proved to be just too much for the E-Hawks and put together a strong finish at the end of one overtime and the game closed 59-55.

Despite the close game, the Lady E-Hawks had difficulties landing any 3-point shots while scoring only one of the 13 attempts that were made. A big focus on the night and hope for the team was to keep the ball in their own possession off of rebounds. They did just that when they were able to combine a total of 36 rebounds both offensively and defensively.

The Lady E-Hawks definitely brought out the excitement and set a big stage for the boys’ team who was due up next on the home court. Before the game, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Bill Geelan told me that he and his team were exited to get a chance to compete against another team other than themselves. Their mettle was tested against the Braves’ boys’ team in their 52-43 loss.

Leading the boys in scoring was junior Ben Dunlap who scored 15 points in the defeat. The team was able to haul in 17 rebounds. Juniors Lex Kassel, Zach Foxhoven, and Dunlap all tied with team high rebounds with seven a piece.

Coach Geelan was happy with the level of play that was shown by his crew.

“We played really hard. Just ran out of gas a little bit.”, Geelan said. “Proud of our effort last night though”.

Both the squads will square up against local team Graettinger-Terril on Friday December 6th at the Ruthven-Ayrshire school. The Titan girls team is 0-1 on the year while the boys are 1-0. Another night of excitement during the week is sure to be on display.