Last Wednesday, Emory & Henry played a tough game against Guilford College. Guilford shot an impressive fifty percent in the second half to defeat E&H. During the first quarter, scoring between the two teams was fairly even; there were eight ties and three lead changes. At the end, Guilford came out on top but only with an 18-15 lead. E&H came out the second quarter strong taking a 21-20 lead. GC shut the Wasps down with a 10-2 run and ended up going into halftime with a 32-25 advantage.
The Wasps struggled coming out of the half and GC took their first double-digit lead. The Quakers extended their lead all the way to 50-29 by the end of the quarter. During the final quarter, GC did not let up on the Wasps. At one point, GC led by as much as 32 points. E&H scored five of the last seven points and ended the game with a 74-45 loss.
E&H shot just fewer than 30 percent for the entire game and only hit 3 out 13 attempted three-pointers. Free throws were also a struggle for the Wasps as they shot 50 percent from the line. Senior Asja Jenkins led the Wasps with ten points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. First-year Sydney McKinney added seven points and six rebounds, while Sophomore Jada Penn also scored seven points, along with two rebounds. First-years Aubriana Peebles and Peyton Williams each scored six points.
This past Sat, Jan. 28, the Wasps basketball team had the home court advantage as they hosted Virginia Wesleyan College after their loss to Guilford. The beginning of the game was fairly slow, until the Wasps went on a seven point scoring run to lead VWC 17-8. They ended the quarter with a 25-16 point lead, staying consistent with their nine point lead. During the second quarter, baskets were traded between the two teams. However, E & H had previously built up a comfortable lead and held it, going into the locker room with a 38-28 lead.After coming out of halftime, the storyline changed a bit. Virginia Wesleyan ended up outscoring E&H in the third quarter alone. They came out with the first 7 out of 9
After coming out of halftime, the storyline changed a bit. Virginia Wesleyan ended up outscoring E&H in the third quarter alone. They came out with the first 7 out of 9 points to begin with. VWC even cut the Wasps’ lead to three on multiple occasions, but E&H kicked it in with a 5-0 run to give them a 55-46 lead going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was pretty smooth sailing for the Wasps. They extended their lead to 18 at one point with less than 3 minutes remaining. VWC found a spark but it was too late and it was only good enough to get them within 9 points. E&H put an end to that scoring streak with an 8-3 run, closing out the game with a score of 81-67, giving them a very important win.
E&H shot 50 percent on field goals. Sophomore Taylor Blevins displayed a tremendous performance with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. She also went 17 out of 20 from the free throw line, tying the record for the most free throws made in a game by E&H as well as breaking the record for the most free throw attempts. Seniors Megan Jacoby and Asja Jenkins added 15 and 10 points to the stats respectively. Jacoby also led all players in assists with 8. First-year Sydney Mckinney finished the game with nine points, as well as two blocks and freshman Kara Stafford added five points, three rebounds and two assists.
– Kayla Mulkey