Franklin Springs, GA - The Emmanuel College Women's Basketball team have suffered their first loss in 8 games at the hands of Barton College, after a heart-wrenching 64-63 loss on Saturday afternoon. After an early 7 point lead to the Lions, the Barton Bulldogs continued to claw their way back into the game, overtaking the Lions with 7 minutes to go. The Lions early lead was thakns to Elise Coberly's 10 point opening quarter, but the momentum could not be sustained as the Lions proceeded to be outscored for the remaining three quarters.
After overtaking the Lions early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs raced to a five point lead before the Lions rallied to bring the game back within a point. Still trailing by three with 45 seconds to go, the Lions missed two 3-point opportunities that could have tied up the game. Mikayla Trombley was fouled with 4 seconds on the clock while trying to sink a 3-pointer. She managed to convert the first two points, but failed to tie to game up with a three point conversion.
The Bulldogs got the defensive rebound and manged to see out the remaining time to win 64-63. Elise Coberly was the highest scorer for Emmanuel with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Mikayla Trombley finished with 12 points, and Avery Scarbrough 10. Addie McNeely also had 9 points and 3 rebounds coming in off the bench. Emmanuel's poor field goal percentage (38%) and 3 point percentage (29%) cost them tremendously, and fell short of the standard they set for themselves in the past few exceptionally high scoring games.
Despite the loss, Emmanuel (12-5) remains in third place on the conference ladder behind King (14-4) and Limestone (18-0), and is still in good standing for the post season. Emmanuel have three games in the next 7 days, midweek games on the road against North Greenville and Limestone, before returning home to the Jack and Jane Shaw Athletic Center in the Williamson Arena for a 2pm game against Lees-McRae College on Saturday February 20th.
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