Girls win two at SportsFest
When the Emmaus girls basketball team took the court for its first game last Friday night, there was a new look. The Honrnets not only had new starters and role players from a year ago, but also new head coach.
First-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher officially took over for Carl Scheitrum within the past two weeks.
Gallagher was not around yet for the first major tournament of the summer, the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach, but quickly made her mark with her new team last weekend back at Cedar Beach for Sportsfest.
The Green Hornets won two of four games over the weekend and advanced to the Sportsfest playoff elimination round on Sunday before falling to perennial power Dunmore on Sunday morning.
In her first major go-around with the Emmaus program, unfamiliarity is not a cause of concern this summer.
“I’ve been able to be around and see them at their summer league games, so it hasn’t all just been brand new,” said Gallagher. “I’ve been able to see what we’re capable of and what we can do so I can bring in my system and work with the players we have.
“We play tough, and that’s the type of system I want to be instilled here. The girls have adjusted to this and I’m excited to be working with them.”
In the round-robin style format of Sportsfest, the varsity girls bracket had eight groups of four teams.
The Hornets finished tied for first in their group with Nazareth, who they lost to on Friday, and Notre Dame Green Pond, who they defeated on Saturday. Emmaus also took down Shenandoah Valley.
With the two straight victories on Saturday, the Green Hornets positioned themselves for a berth in Sunday’s playoff tournament. The scoring differential of the teams’ wins decided who would advance to Sunday outside of the group winner.
Saturday proved a lot to Gallagher in her search to find the identity of her team.
“They stayed focused,” said Gallagher. “We had a tough one [Friday] night against Nazareth, so my biggest thing for them today was to come out with confidence, play together as a team and just do what they’ve been doing so well for years together. They came out with composure and got the job done today on both sides of the ball.”