ARMSTRONG - North Union came ready to play in the Warriors' first playoff game of 2017. With Samantha Hagedorn hitting a 3-pointer off the opening tip, North Union raced out to an 11-0 lead against Emmetsburg. A 3-pointer by Brea Anderson capped successful first quarter as the Warriors led 20-4.
North Union's scoring did have some letdowns in the second and fourth quarter, but they led by double digits the rest of the way in defeating Emmetsburg 47-32 on Tuesday.
"We had good looks overall and defensively we did a good job," said North Union coach Merle Tigges. "We need to find a way to get more consistent scoring."
The win advances the Warriors (18-3) to the regional semifinal on Friday against fourth-ranked Western Christian (20-2). The Wolfpack is coming off a 75-47 victory over Unity Christian. Game time is 7 p.m. in Hull.
"They're very athletic, tall and quick," said Tigges of the Wolfpack. "We'll have to try to outthink them and make some small adjustments."
Tigges said his squad will try to slow Western Christian down as the Wolfpack is averaging nearly 68 points per game.
"We'll need to keep them in the 50s," he said.
In Tuesday's win, North Union was firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. Besides Hagedorn, the Warriors had scoring from Chloe Lofstrom, Hallie Reese, Kate Anderson and Bre Anderson.
North Union had stretched its advantage to 27-9 before the E'Hawks put together a 7-3 run to end the half, as they trailed 30-17 at the break.
North Union's defense clamped down in the third quarter, again holding Emmetsburg to just four points as they stretched their lead to 42-21 to start the final frame.
The E'Hawks didn't go quietly as they went to a full-court man-to-man pressure. However, the deficit was too much to overcome while the E'Hawks outscored North Union 11-5 in the period.
Hagedorn led North Union with 15 points along with four rebounds and four assists. Lofstrom finished perfect from the field as she was 4-of-4 and finished with 10 points. Reese chipped in nine points while Kate Anderson had six, Bre Anderson had five and Rory McClellan had two.
The Warriors shot 47 percent (16-of-34) from the field including 50 percent (4-of-8) from 3-point range. North Union struggled a little at the free throw line, where they were 11-of-19.
Bailey Naig led Emmetsburg with 18 points and the E'Hawks shot just 25 percent (12-of-49) from the field.