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Owls Down Builders To Even EMAC Record

Photo Courtesy Apprentice School
Photo Courtesy Apprentice School

Recap Courtesy Apprentice School Sports Information 

Asheville, NC – After having last weekend's games postponed, the Apprentice Women's Basketball team was eager to get back on the floor and Friday night's game gave them that opportunity.  Still looking for their first win of the season, the Builders were feeling confident coming in this EMAC road game.  As Coach Hill said during her pre-game interview, they would need to come out and connect on the offensive side of the ball. 

Warren Wilson got on the board first to start the first quarter, but Apprentice's Jordan Wilson quickly answered to tie the game up at 2-2.  The Owls would eventually regain the lead midway through the quarter and with 2 minutes remaining they held a 9-2 advantage.  However, Alena Puaauli-Pelham drained a 3-pointer at the other end to pull the Builders to within four, 9-5.  On their next possession Jordan Wilson drove the ball to the basket to cut the lead to 9-7.  Unfortunately, Warren Wilson would go on another run and as the quarter came to an end, they held the advantage, 17-10.

The second quarter saw Apprentice have scoring opportunities, but they were unable to capitalize.  The Owls took advantage and with 7:30 left in the half, found themselves with their largest lead of the game, 21-11.  The Builders were able to begin to force some turnovers and pull to within 8 points and then 5 points after Kerrigan Smalls hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.  However, Warren Wilson stopped the momentum and as the two teams headed to the locker rooms for halftime, Apprentice found themselves trailing by a score of 27-18.

The third quarter did not start out the way the Builders had hoped, as the Owls found their offensive rhythm.  While the Builders had their chances, as well, they were unable to cut into the lead and midway through the quarter, they would trail by 20 points, 45-25.  Brittney Jones took the ball and began to get inside, keeping Apprentice in the game and as the quarter came to an end, they would only trail Warren Wilson, 50-38.

The Owls connected on a 3-pointer to begin the fourth quarter increasing the lead to 15 points and that margin stayed for the next 5 minutes.  Brittney Jones again led the charge for the Builders, but they were unable to cut into the deficit.  After being down by 19 points, Alena Puaauli-Pelham hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 63-47 and they eventually pulled to within 13 points but there was not enough time to complete the comeback.  As the buzzer sounded to end the game, the Builders would fall to Warren Wilson by a final score of 74-54.

Apprentice will have a quick turnaround as they travel to South Carolina tomorrow for an afternoon game against Clinton College.  It will be another road conference game and another opportunity for the Builders to pick up their first game of the season.  Tip-off is schedule for 2:00pm.