EHS girls show signs of growth at tourney
Summer basketball is all about getting better as a team and the Emmaus girls basketball team has improved with each passing game. That continued in its second major summer tournament at the A-town Throwdown at Cedar Beach Park two weeks ago.
The Green Hornets did not have the type of tournament that they wanted, losing all three games in pool play.
Emmaus was on the wrong end of games against Moravian Academy, University of New Jersey and Sankofa. But it’s not all about wins and losses during the summer and third-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher knows that.
“Things may not look great on paper this summer, but we’re taking a lot of positives out of it,” said Gallagher. “We’re changing up our defense and offense so coming out and executing the game plan has been our main focus. Obviously it’s summer so we don’t always have a full roster, but the one thing that doesn’t change with our kids is that they play hard. No matter who is here they play to the final whistle. This is something that Emmaus has always been and we’re looking to continue this into the fall.”
The Hornets dealt with graduation to some key contributors a year ago, so there are new faces getting acclimated to the varsity level. There’s no time better than the summer to gain valuable experience for the winter.
The Emmaus JV and freshmen programs all had successful tournaments. The JV team started 2-0 and the freshmen won the tournament title.
“We’re really young as a program, even on the varsity side,” Gallagher said. “I have a handful of freshmen and sophomores playing quality minutes. JV has had a great summer overall and that’s continued here. And the freshmen team winning the tournament is fantastic for them and our future.
“It’s exciting for us because we have good things going. The kids are buying in and the team chemistry is improving each day. We have a lot to look forward to but we can’t take a step back.”
Emmaus will now look to keep building team chemistry and experience as it builds its way to competition for the 2018-19 season this winter.