Lady Hornets refuse to lose
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The Emporia State Lady Hornets basketball team, in true fashion, defeated the Nebraska Kearney Lopers by 14 points in last night’s home game at White Auditorium. Six players ended the night in double figures.
“It was really spread out,” said Jory Collins, head coach. “Just about everybody that was in there contributed something that was really positive, whether it was on the offensive end or the defensive end.”
The Lady Hornets jumped out to a quick 2-6 lead with a couple of free throws from Laura Patrick, senior guard. ESU would continue the pressure, improving their lead 8-15 with a three from Patrick with just over 13 minutes left in the first half.
ESU would lead by as much as 13 in the first, but the Lopers would close the gap to ten, going into the break, trailing 48-38. Kelly Moten, freshman guard ended the first with 12 points and two rebounds, both Merissa Quick, junior forward and Patrick added nine.
“We wanted to come out and attack them first,” Moten, a crime a delinquency major said. “We just wanted to build up on our lead the first 40 minutes, so we don’t have to play down to the last minute.”
Patrick would start the scoring off in the second with a quick jumper, the next trip down the court Kionna Kellog, senior forward, would increase the Lady Hornets lead to 13 with an uncontested three ball. The Lady Hornets out rebounded the Lopers 43-35, but let Nebraska Kearney get 21-second chance opportunities.
The Hornets put up good numbers for the night by shooting 61 percent from the field, while holding the Lopers to 39 percent. Patrick was player of the game putting up 17 points and seven rebounds for the night.
“Washburn is a very good rebounding team, so going into that game we know that boards are important,” said Desiree Wylie, senior forward and a crime and delinquency major. “It is a great asset to us and for us to win that game. We are going to need to win that stat.”
With that win, the Lady Hornets improved their record to 24-2 overall and 15-2 in the MIAA. They stay at Emporia for their last regular season game this weekend against Washburn in 5:30 p.m. in White Auditorium.