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Emmaus girls improve to 3-0 in league play

Early last week, the Emmaus High School girls basketball team went 1-1 in two games last week The Hornets took down Whitehall on the road, 42-33, to stay unbeaten in East Penn Conference play. They suffered their first defeat of the 2022-23 regular season last Saturday afternoon, falling to Scranton, 65-41, on the road in a nonconference game.

Against the Zephyrs, defense played a key role in the victory for Emmaus (5-1 overall, 3-0 EPC). The Hornet defense held the Whitehall offense in check for a majority of the game, limiting the Zephyrs to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters, including just four points in each of the first and second quarters. The Green Hornets held a 15-8 lead at halftime and then outscored the Zephyrs 13-7 in the third quarter to go ahead by double digits in the fourth.

Freshman Gabrielle De Vita was the leading scorer, finishing with a game-high 17 points. Mya Cooper also recorded double digits in scoring with 13 points. Taylor Griffith tallied five points, while Paige Inman added four.

After weather forced the postponement of a road game at East Stroudsburg South on Friday, Emmaus traveled to Scranton Saturday for a nonleague game. The trip did not go as well as the Green Hornets would have hoped, however, as they lost for the first time this season.

Emmaus found itself down by just six (21-15) after the opening quarter, but was outscored 23-4 in the second, helped by the three-point shooting of the Knights.

De Vita and Olive Whitney, Griffith and Inman all scored six points against Scranton, while Cassandra Doemling added five points.

Emmaus hosts Freedom on Tuesday this week back in EPC competition, before making up the game at East Stroudsburg South on Thursday to conclude games before the holiday. The Green Hornets will play in the Coaches versus Cancer tournament at Easton High School next week and will face Phillipsburg next Tuesday, with a game Wednesday to be played against an opponent to be determined.

PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Mya Cooper and the Hornet defense limited Whitehall to just 15 points over the first three quarters of last week's game.
PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Taylor Griffith drives to the basket against Whitehall.