Girls battle through strong early schedule
Nobody said things would go easily for the Emmaus Lady Hornets this season, especially in the early going. With a young team, the growing pains are hitting full force early on, but those pains are bringing some positive signs with them.
Senior Anne Glowacki leads the team in scoring through the early going, averaging 7.5 points per game, with junior Alyssa Burkhart averaging six points per game. Both players have looked to do their part to help pull a struggling offense along.
Coach Kelsey Gallagher continues to point to the youth and the fact that this team is going to be better later in the season than they are now. With very little varsity experience to draw from and a tough early schedule that featured Northwestern (3-1 overall, 2-1 Colonial), Parkland (4-0, 2-0 EPC), Northampton (4-1, 2-0) and Wilson West Lawn (4-4) for their first four games, the Hornets have seemingly had the perfect storm for a rough start to the season. As they add experience though, they figure to find ways to compete with teams on the court.
“You have to be patient,” said Gallagher. “As frustrating as it can be, this is just young girls learning to play at the varsity level. It’s one thing in practice, but then when there’s another team staring at you and they’ve got more experience, the mistakes are magnified.”
The offense hopefully bottomed out against Wilson this past weekend when it suffered a 46-12 loss to fall to 0-4 on the season. Through their first four games, the Hornets have averaged just 29 points per game this season.
“We knew the schedule was going to be tough,” said Gallagher. “You know that these are teams that have more experience, they have more size and they’re good teams year in and year out. The good part is that tougher competition only makes you better, so as difficult as it is, it’s all part of the learning process.”
Defensively, the Hornets have allowed an average of 54 points per game. Putting it in perspective though, Northampton has averaged 51 points per game, Parkland 45 and Northwestern right around 50 points per game and those numbers are in their games against teams other than Emmaus. In other words, the teams that the Hornets are playing are going to put up a lot of points and Emmaus isn’t doing bad in keeping them right around their season averages.
When the schedule finally breaks and the Hornets start to see some of the lesser teams in the Lehigh Valley, their defense could make a difference in some of those other games.
“The girls are taking the right approach,” said Gallagher. “They go out every night looking to knock off one of these teams and they know that this is the tough part right now and the lessons they’re learning now are going to pay off down the road.”