East Penn Press

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Girls basketball searching for more victories

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus girls basketball team put together a five-game winning streak to reach .500 on the season, but Stroudsburg (15-2 overall, 9-2 EPC) prevented Emmaus from moving over that mark when the it downed the Lady Hornets 58-53 last weekend.

The loss dropped Emmaus to 7-8 overall and 4-7 in the East Penn Conference.

The team is looking to finish with a .500 record either in the conference or overall to qualify for districts.

Emmaus senior Brooke Wunderler led the way against the Mounties, hitting five three-pointers and finishing with 17 points. Junior Marah Sisonick finished the game with 11 points for Emmaus.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, they didn’t have a way to stop Emily Strunk, who scored a game-high 24 points for the Mounties.

“We tried a couple of different things against her and she was able to find the basket,” said Hornet head coach Kelsey Gallagher of Strunk’s performance. “You’re going to have players like that who just have those nights against you and you seemingly can’t stop them and that’s what we faced with her.”

Before facing Stroudsburg, Emmaus picked up its fifth win in a row when it downed Allen (5-9, 3-7), coming from behind in the fourth quarter to get the win. Emmaus trailed throughout the game and was down 27-21 at halftime before cutting that lead in half in the third quarter. The Hornets outscored Allen 15-8 over the final eight-minutes to pick up the 46-42 win.

Senior Alyssa Burkhart had the hot hand from beyond the arc, hitting on four three-pointers and finishing with 16 points in the win, while freshman Keziah Brantley was seemingly fouled every time she touched the ball and took advantage of her 16 shots from the line, nailing 12 of them and finishing the game with 14 points.

“We stress doing the little things and playing fundamental basketball and that shows how important those things can be,” said Gallagher. “Without our foul shooting, we don’t win this game and nothing else that happened really matters.”

Emmaus was 16-of-28 from the free-throw line in the game and followed that up by hitting 14-of-20 free throws against Stroudsburg.

Emmaus had a nonconference game against Blue Mountain postponed until February 1 because of Saturday’s snow. Next up on the schedule was a game Tuesday against rival Parkland, who downed Emmaus early in the season. That game was played after Press deadline.

The Lady Trojans downed Emmaus 52-30 in the first EPC game of the season for both teams and are now 10-5 overall and 7-4 in the EPC this season.

Parkland hit a rough patch where it won just twice in a six-game stretch, but has turned things around to win three of its last four games.

The Lady Hornets have seven games left and need to find four wins to make their first appearance in districts since 2013.

Their remaining games are against Parkland (10-5, 7-4), Northampton (14-3, 8-3), Dieruff (3-12, 1-10), Nazareth (13-2, 9-1), Central Catholic (10-6, 6-5), Whitehall (6-10, 3-8) and Blue Mountain (15-2, 9-2 Schuyllkill League).