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Seniors leave mark on program

The Emmaus High School girls basketball team concluded a very successful 2023-24 season two weeks ago, a season that will go down as one of the best in recent memories for seventh-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher and her program.

Emmaus finished its campaign with a 17-12 overall record, ending the year by winning 12 of its last 16 games, and went 10-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. They finished runner-up in the EPC tournament and won two games in the District 11 tournament, defeating Liberty to qualify for the PIAA tournament for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

The final game was a 78-65 defeat to Red Lion in states back on March 9th.

“I am so proud of this team,” said Gallagher. “We didn’t start the season the way we had wanted to and lost a number of games, but we bounced back and made a great run at the end of the year.”

Seniors Mya Cooper, Taylor Griffith, Julia Adams and Lexi Krum all played their final games in green and gold and will graduate, but they left their marks on the program.

“My message to the seniors after the game is that we have gotten better every single year for the past four years and it’s a tip of the hat to them for everything they’ve done,” said Gallagher. “From the girls that have played almost every single minute to the ones that didn’t get a lot of playing time, the impact that they’ve made on this program over the last four years has been huge and it’s a reason why it’s going to continue being successful.”

Heading into next season now, the Green Hornets will look to make that one game leap and win a conference and/or district title.

“We have a lot of good kids coming back and a lot of key returnees and kids that want to compete and want to play at this level and that’s half the battle,” Gallagher said. “The new goal every year now is not just to make districts. Let’s get back to the PPL Center for the EPC finals and let’s get back to states. Our kids work so hard, and we have the talent and these kids deserve it.”

PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Mya Cooper is one of four seniors who helped Emmaus reach the state playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons.