Northwestern tops Lady Hornets
The Lady Tigers from Northwestern Lehigh put up 51 points in a win over Whitehall Friday night, so Emmaus knew it would be a tough opponent when they squared off against Northwestern Saturday afternoon on the Hornets’ home court.
The Tigers showed no fatigue from playing the night before and came out red hot with junior Sydney Sevrain leading the way with eight first-quarter points. Northwestern picked up a 50-34 nonconference win over Emmaus in the Hornets’ season opener.
Emmaus struggled with the size of Northwestern’s Emily Sekerak and Sage Christopher early on and couldn’t get enough good looks inside.
The Hornets’ outside shooting was better, but they saw a number of shots fail to fall, although on the night they finished shooting 42-percent (5-for-12) from three-point range.
The result was that Northwestern took off to an 18-6 lead after one quarter and then held Emmaus without a basket until just 1:08 was left in the second quarter. As the teams headed to their locker rooms for halftime, Northwestern was up 32-10.
“We had a lot of good looks in the first half, but they just weren’t falling and they made everything they put up in the first quarter, and that’s always tough,” said Emmaus head coach Kelsey Gallagher. “We just told the girls at halftime that the game wasn’t over and there was nothing we can do about the first half and it’s how we step out in the second half.
“I think we showed the fans and Northwestern that we’re going to be okay this season with the youth we have.”
Emmaus outscored Northwestern 24-18 in the second half, with Alyssa Burkhardt picking up nine of her 12 points in the final two quarters. Anne Glowacki and Brooke Wunderler both finished with six points, with all six of Wunderler’s points coming in the second half.
Gallagher was quick to credit Burkhardt for her play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court against Northwestern. Burkhardt has become the team’s leader as a junior who saw a good amount of playing time last season.
“She didn’t take a play off,” said Gallagher of Burkhardt. “She did it offensively and defensively today.”
Gallagher believes that having to deal with the inside size of Northwestern will help them in league games against teams like Parkland, which has size that can be difficult to deal with.
“I think we saw what we have to do against teams that bring that size to the game.
“As the game went on, we found ways to get around that and we were able to hit some shots from the outside, so I think that’s going to be a lesson that we can put to use,” said Gallagher.
The Hornets host Northampton Friday night and then have three straight road games at Wilson, Nazareth and Central Catholic. After that stretch, they have one more home game before Christmas when they host Scranton on December 22.