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EHS girls reach tournament final

The Emmaus High School girls basketball team began the first month of the 2022-23 regular season as winners of eight of their first 10 games, including all five against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference competition.

The Green Hornets used the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s to hit the road and play in the Easton Rotary Club Holiday Tournament at Easton Area High School. Following a win over Phillipsburg in the opening game last Tuesday, Emmaus advanced to the tournament championship game against the host Red Rovers. Easton came out on top to take the tournament title in a nonleague game between two EPC foes.

Against the Stateliners, the Green Hornets took control of the game early, outscoring them 13-6 in the opening quarter. Emmaus continued to stay on top the rest of the way in finishing it off 39-34. Taylor Griffith scored a game-high 13 points, including four 3-pointers. Paige Inman recorded eight points and both Mya Cooper and Cassandra Doemling finished with six. Sofie Laird had four points and Gabrielle De Vita rounded out the scoring with two points.

It was a different story in the championship game as the Red Rovers raced out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter, including scoring the game’s first 15 points, and never looked back in winning the title. Griffith once again led her team in scoring with six points. She was named to the All-Tournament team. Cooper recorded five points and De Vita had three. Inman, Doemling, Laird and Emma Naccarato all contributed two points.

The Green Hornets (8-2) and Red Rovers (9-0) are both unbeaten in the EPC at 5-0. One other team remain unbeaten in league play as Parkland is also 5-0.

Emmaus gets back into conference competition when it hosts Northampton on Tuesday. The Green Hornets will then travel to play at Pocono Mountain West to conclude the week on Friday night.