Madison Hough has tough night while Ben Dunlap ties with single game points record
In what turned into an incredible showing for both the Emmetsburg E-Hawk’s girls and boys basketball teams, victory was claimed from both teams when they traveled to Ruthven-Ayrshire school for the cross county matchup.
Heading into the game, the Lady E-Hawks had fallen in their season opener to Cherokee Washington in dramatic fashion. With the taste of defeat still present, the Lady E-Hawks soared to a dominating victory over the Graettinger-Terrill/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans 51-15.
Spreading the ball around to the whole team seemed to be the name of this game as virtually each of the members of the team were able to score with every single player having at least one opportunity at the basket. The defense was sound as well, limiting the Titans stand-out Madison Hough to just two points on the night after she went 1/12 in shooting.
Abbie Schany led the team in scoring with nine points in the rout. Molly Schany was able to muster a good showing as well leading the team in all other categories going 8 (points); 10 (rebounds); 3 (steals); and 5 (assists). Raven Brown also assisted in the victory by providing 6 points and 6 rebounds.
As a team, the Lady E-Hawks were able to land 20/56 shots on target giving a 38.4% field goal percentage. From the line, they were successful in completing 72.7% of their free throws and were able to wrangle in 33 rebounds.
The Titans felt the woes of their shooting performance after going 6/28 earning a 21.4% field goal percentage and completing half of their free throws. G-T/R-A was out rebounded by the Emmetsburg squad as well only reeling in 15 on the night.
The boys’ basketball team also had a good night winning their matchup 63-49. Although freshman Max Hough had another lights out night in front of the home crowd going 8/17 from the field with 20 points 6 rebounds and even 6 steals, the Titans couldn’t muster up enough to beat the E-Hawks.
Ben Dunlap went off with 28 points which is currently the amount of points leading in the Twin Lakes Conference for most points in a single game this season. Ben was able to bring in 11 rebounds and 5 steals as well.
Coming off of the bench, freshman Sean Europa added 10 points to the mounting lead along with Lex Kassel’s 9 points and 5 assists on the night.
Before the game, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Bill Geelan said that he was excited for this match up and wanted to see his players play hard for the duration of the contest.
“The plan tonight is to play physical and fast once again”, Geelan said. “We need to execute our offense for 4 quarters tonight. We will see some different defenses from them and will need to adjust to them”.
In his plan to mitigate Max Hough’s abilities on the court, Coach Geelan acknowledged that Hough was a player that attention needed to be set on.
“If we recognize where Max is and are there on the catch and force him to [take] contested shots, I think we can keep him in check a little bit”, Geelan said. “They have some other good players that can score from outside as well as off the dribble so we will have to communicate well the who game too”.
Both the boys’ and girls’ squads will be at home against the Spencer Tigers tonight, December 9th. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:15pm for the girls and the boys are scheduled for an 8pm tip-off.
The Spencer Tigers (Girls: 1-2/Boys: 1-1) are both coming off of their first victory of the season against Sioux Central.