EHS girls beat Dieruff
There’s nothing like a couple of wins to get a team back on track and build some confidence. The Lady Hornets picked up back-to-back wins against Scranton and Dieruff to close out the 2018 portion of their schedule and it provided them with a needed lift.
“Winning always makes things easier and you could sense a little confidence boost after those games,” said Emmaus head coach Kelsey Gallagher. “Of course, we would have liked to get those wins earlier in the season but they came at a pretty good time to give us some confidence and get us heading in the right direction.”
The bad news is that the schedule called for Emmaus to open the 2019 calendar year against two tough teams in Stroudsburg (9-2 overall, 4-2 EPC) and Bethlehem Catholic (9-1, 6-0). Both teams handed Emmaus losses to drop the Hornets to 2-8 on the season and 0-6 in East Penn Conference play.
Even though Emmaus beat Dieruff, an EPC team, the game was scheduled as a nonleague game, leaving the Hornets winless in the EPC. The win over the Huskies came down to fundamentals with Emmaus hitting all six of their free-throws in the last minute of regulation to beat the Huskies 47-41. Kayla Griffith hit four of those shots and Alyssa Burkhart added the other two to get the win.
“We’ve stressed doing the little things,” said Gallagher. “You can only control what you do and how you play on the court and doing those fundamental things can help a team a lot.”
Both Griffith and fellow junior Brooke Wunderler scored 14 points in the win over Dieruff (2-9, 0-6).
Stroudsburg and Bethlehem Catholic handed losses to Emmaus in their first two games into 2019. The Mountaineers beat Emmaus 46-30, while the Golden Hawks, coached by former Emmaus girls assistant coach Jose Melina, beat the Hornets 38-25.
Emmaus played well early and late against Bethlehem Catholic, trailing just 10-5 at the end of the first quarter, but a big second quarter by Beca made it 27-8. Sophomore Gabrielle Martin finished with 10 points, matching Beca freshman Kourtney Wilson for the game-high. It was the second time this season that Martin finished in double-digits.
The schedule eases up a little when the Hornets play at Liberty (1-8, 0-6) Friday night before home games against Reading (8-2) on Saturday and East Stroudsburg North (4-6, 2-4) next Tuesday.