EU beats Golden Eagles

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at 7:06 PM
EU beats Golden Eagles by Erica Burkholder
Cheniya Sharpe high-fives her teammates as she gets ready for tip off. | Photo: Dylan Baumgartner

The Edinboro women’s basketball team rebounded from their loss to IUP, defeating Clarion in the follow-up, 63-47.

The team faced less prep time between games, due to weather pushing the contest up a day.

“Anytime something like that happens, it puts a wrench into plans; I thought the girls handled it well,” said assistant coach Chris Bess.

Edinboro got on the board early and continued to push the pace, ending the first quarter leading 22-17. In the second frame, the Scots were slowed by the Golden Eagles, only putting nine points on the board. Edinboro played even better defense, though, allowing only seven points and maintaining the 31-24 margin.

In the last quarter, Clarion rallied to pull closer, eventually getting the margin down to five. Emily Hegedus earned three points for Clarion (on a basket and a free throw) and Michaela Barnes was then fouled. The teams exchanged points to bring Edinboro’s lead to six within the first two minutes of the quarter.

The teams then kept even with each other for scoring for another two minutes, before Bridgette Shaffer would hit a 3-pointer. Clarion scored the next two baskets, bringing the game within five. Head Coach Callie Wheeler called a timeout after this.

“It was a little nerve-racking, no doubt. I knew they were going to go on a run, and I think that when we called the timeout, we needed to make an adjustment,” said Wheeler about the last quarter.

“They were beating us at the rim and they really didn’t shoot a ton of 3-pointers. The shooters were on the bench, and I felt going zone was going to pack the lane and force them to make outside shots. I thought our team did a great job.”

Before the timeout, Shaffer was the only Scot on the books defensively in the last quarter. After the timeout, more players added their name.
The Scots would respond, as Madison Amalia and Barnes combined for five points to get the lead back to 10. Barnes would add four more from the line, while Bella Burrelli added a basket, bringing the score to 63-47.

“I thought we played well,” said Bess, before commenting on the after effects of the previous loss.

“To come out flat was a bit of a surprise. We thought we were going to be amped up still from the IUP game, but obviously that was draining. It was a learning experience and I think things we went through in that game helped us tonight.”

Wheeler also spoke about the team bouncing back: “You’re gonna have games where the shots don’t fall, or things are just off, and I thought they did a really good job of recouping, bringing it together and pulling out the win.”

She continued: “I think the one thing I’m taking from this game is that they’re able to play through that [and] they’re able to play through some adversity, which is a big thing, especially come January, February.”

Barnes put up almost half the Scots’ points, with 30. This was the fifth game this season in which Barnes scored at least 30.
Cheniya Sharpe had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Scots faced Seton Hill on Wednesday (after our print deadline) and play Slippery Rock on Saturday.

“There’s no nights off in the PSAC. Slippery Rock is a scrappy bunch. Mercyhurst, local rivalry, it’s always a good game. You have to bring it every night in the PSAC. It’ll be fun,” said Bess.

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