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EHS girls beat Pates, ESS

In what had been something not seen yet through the first three weeks of the 2022-23 regular season, the Emmaus High School girls basketball team suffered a loss, one that came by a double-digit margin. It was mostly the other way around as the Green Hornets had won four of their first five games, all by double figures.

Following their first defeat on the road at Scranton in a nonconference game back on Dec. 17, Emmaus responded the way the Hornets expected to, getting back in the win column and starting another win streak.

The Green Hornets (7-1 overall, 5-0 EPC) took down Freedom in a big way, 64-37, at home last Tuesday night and then went on the road to defeat East Stroudsburg South, 49-43, two nights later, to continue to stay undefeated in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference competition.

Against the Patriots, Emmaus opened up a two-point halftime lead and extended it by outscoring them 43-18 in the second half. Paige Inman led all scorers with a game-high 23 points, 16 of which came in that big second half.

Gabrielle De Vita recorded 14 points and Taylor Griffith also finished in double figures with 12. Olive Whitney tallied five points, Mya Cooper added four and Cassandra Doemling, Sofie Lard and Emma Klinedinst all had two points to round out the scoring.

In the win over the Cavaliers, the Green Hornets led by five points after both the first (11-6) and second quarters (25-20). They opened up a double-digit lead after the third quarter, going ahead 40-28, but ES South made a comeback effort and pulled to within just six, before Emmaus held on. Once again, three Green Hornets finished in double figures in scoring, led by 14 from De Vita. Griffith tallied 12 and Cooper added 11. Inman just missed out, finishing with eight points.

Emmaus is playing in a holiday tournament this week at Easton Area Middle School. It is a two-day event that takes place Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The Green Hornets open up against Phillipsburg. They return to conference play next Tuesday against Northampton.

Emmaus is one of just three teams in the EPC undefeated, with Parkland and Easton the others. The Green Hornets may be paired up with the Red Rovers during the holiday tournament this week.

PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Taylor Griffith drives to the basket during a recent Emmaus girls basketball game.