Sydney McKinney Becoming A Force for Emory & Henry

Peyton Williams, Sports Writer •

Standout women’s basketball player Sydney McKinney has hit the court running this season. The extremely athletic forward from Big Stone Gap, Virginia recently posted a huge performance against Eastern Mennonite University.

In the Wasps’ 81-72 victory, McKinney filled her stat sheet up nineteen points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. Currently, in her sophomore season, McKinney decided to only play basketball this year after playing both basketball and volleyball last year.

Since McKinney prioritized basketball this year, she is hoping to get back to Salem, Virginia and capture that elusive ODAC Championship. As the women’s basketball season is winding down, she knows the importance of continuing to play well and being victorious.

McKinney said, “We have been playing pretty well. We are just focusing on one game at a time, but we need to win out for the rest of the season.”

When asked about her decision-making process of choosing Emory & Henry, McKinney said “I chose Emory & Henry because I was given the opportunity to play basketball. Emory feels like home to me and I’m glad I chose to come here.”

Aside from the basketball court and from an academic standpoint, McKinney is a physical education major and hopes to one day be an elementary school teacher or future coach.

McKinney and the remainder of the Wasps are currently 7-3 in the ODAC, 14-5 overall on the season. McKinney and her team will return to the floor this Wednesday as they host the Maroons of Roanoke College in their third-to-last home game of the regular season.

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