Recap courtesy Apprentice School Sports Information
Elizabeth City, NC – After a long break, the Apprentice Women's Basketball team was finally back in action as they traveled south to Elizabeth City, NC to face the Lady Mustangs of Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The Lady Builders were in search of their first win of the season and no better place to get than on the road facing a fellow EMAC and USCAA Conference foe. With the long layoff, Coach Hill knew her team would need to be patient to establish the pace of game they wanted. If they did, they would hopefully come out with, not only their first win, but a conference win at that.
In the first quarter, Apprentice jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage behind strong play on the defensive end of the floor. On the next few series, the Lady Builders were able to get the ball down low to their post players and all of the sudden they found themselves with a commanding lead, 12-0, forcing MACU to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, Apprentice picked up where they left of, once again getting the ball down low for a layup to increase the lead their lead to 14 points and as the quarter ended, they would lead the Lady Mustangs by a score of 16-4. The second quarter began with another basket from the Lady Builders, which was followed by a big defensive play, as MACU was called for an offensive charge. However, things began to slow down and with 3 minutes remaining in the half, Apprentice led, 18-8. The Lady Mustangs were able to cut into the lead and as the teams headed into the locker room for the half, the Lady Builders held the advantage, 19-12.
The third quarter started out slow with both teams unable to connect on the offensive side of the court. However, a 3-pointer from MACU pulled them to within 5 points, 20-15 and that was followed by another to cut the lead to 20-18. A third 3-pointer gave the Lady Mustangs their first lead of the game, 21-20, but Apprentice answered with a 3-pointer of their own to regain the lead 23-21. Another basket pushed the lead back to 4 points with 3:08 left in the quarter and it would end with the Lady Builders holding a 2-point lead, 30-28. Both teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter and with 6 minutes remaining in the game MACU, once again cut the lead to 1 point, 37-36. At the 3:15 mark, the game would be tied at 38-38, until the Lady Mustangs drained a short jumper to take the 2-point advantage. Apprentice answered to tie it again and then regained the lead after hitting a turnaround jumper. After 2 free throws MACU tied the game and then took the lead with 20 seconds left in the game. The Lady Builders would have a chance to tie it but missed a driving layup and would eventually fall by a final of 45-42.