ARMSTRONG - After winning just two games in the regular season, Emmetsburg has doubled its win total in the postseason as the E'Hawks defeated North Union 49-44 in overtime on Tuesday.
The E'Hawks (4-19) defeated Pocahontas on Saturday while North Union awaited the winner.
On Tuesday, the difference for Emmetsburg came at the free-throw line where they scored the last three points of regulation to tie the game at 40-40 and then scored all nine points in overtime from the charity stripe.
North Union’s Jasmine Clausen (14) is fouled by Ashton Connelly (15) in Tuesday’s game.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Meanwhile North Union struggled from the free throw line throughout the night, going 2-of-8 in the first half and finishing 6-of-18 overall.
The game was a battle from start to finish.
Emmetsburg took an early 9-4 lead, but a 3-pointer by Clausen brought North Union within two at 9-7.
Emmetsburg's Whitney Kibbie immediately answered with a trey that she banked in from the top of the key. The E'Hawks scored the final basket of the first period to lead 14-7.
North Union came roaring back as Aurora Oliver opened the second period with a 3-pointer, Clausen hit a jumper and Sara Rolling made a long two-pointer to tie the game at 14-14 with 2:49 remaining.
Connelly then hit a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left in the half and Clausen answered with a trey of her own to tie the game at 17-17.
As Emmetsburg brought the ball up court, E'Hawk coach Anne Fiene slapped the floor to get her team's attention-a rules violation that resulted in a technical.
Cheyanne Boland made both free throws and that proved the difference at halftime as North Union led 19-17.
Neither team could gain an advantage in the third quarter, which was tied four times before a basket by Whitney Kibbie gave Emmetsburg the lead. A Connelly free throw at the end of the period gave Emmetsburg a 29-26 advantage. She then hit two more from the foul line at the start of the third quarter as Emmetsburg pushed the lead back to five.
Again the Warriors charged back with a Oliver hitting a trey and another basket to tie the game.
Emmetsburg made the next two baskets, but this time Madison Bollig hit a 3-pointer and a basket to give North Union the lead. Sara Rolling scored to give North Union its biggest lead of the night at 38-35.
But the Warriors fouled Alexa Naig, a 57 percent free throw shooter, who kept knocking them down on this night. After two free throws by her, Rolling scored again with 1?:19. But Naig was fouled twice more in the final minute and made three free throws to tie the game at 40-40.
North Union had 19 seconds, but didn't get a shot off before the buzzer.
In the extra frame, Kibbie, Naig and Michaela Rehm all made free throws to push the lead to 47-40 until Clausen finally hit a trey in the final 30 seconds. But it was too little too late.
Clausen and Oliver each finished with 13 points while Boland had seven, Rolling had six and Bollig had five.
Connelly led the E'Hawks with 16 points while Naig had 14 and Kibbie had 11.
North Union (14-8 overall) bids farewell to seniors Haag, Clausen and Shelby Luke.