Recap Courtesy Apprentice School Sports Information
Newport News, VA – Home Sweet Home. The Apprentice Women's Basketball team was back in the friendly confines of their home court, as they prepared for a rematch against EMAC foe Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The last time the Builders were on this court, they came a way with a big win and were looking to repeat that tonight. However, they were facing a Mustangs team that beat them down in North Carolina, but as Coach Hill said in her pre-game interview, the team was ready.
The first quarter started with two defensive stops by both teams and then MACU scored the first points of the game to take the early lead, 2-0. They would extend that lead on their next possession and then drain a 3-pointer, forcing Coach Hill to call a timeout trailing by a score of 7-0. Brittney Jones got Apprentice on the board out of the timeout and then connected on another basket. However, the Mustangs offense kept finding a way to score to eventually take an 8-point lead. Jones, again, would keep the Builders at striking distance with another layup and then Jordan Wilson would connect on 2 free throws to pull to within 4-points. Ashawnti Williams trimmed the lead to 2-points after taking a pass from Kerrigan Smalls, but MACU had an answer to go back up 14-10. Jordan Wilson tied the game at 14-14 after hitting four straight free throws, but as the quarter would come to an end Apprentice would trail, 20-14.
The Mustangs scored the first 7-points of the second quarter and all of the sudden the Builders had their largest deficit of the game, 27-14. Brittney Jones tried to get something going on the offensive end of the court, but a turnover gave the ball back to MACU. The score did not change over the next 3 minutes but, Ashawnti Williams was able to make free throws to trim the lead to 11-points. However, with 1:31 remaining, the Mustangs found themselves up by 17-points and as the team headed to the locker room Apprentice would trail by a score of 40-18.
The Builders got on the board first to start the third quarter but, once again the Mustangs had an answer. However, that did not prevent Apprentice from keeping up the pressure trying to cut into the lead. MACU was stubborn, though, and did not give the Builders many opportunities, while they continued to increase their advantage on the scoreboard. Jamica Jones was able to get Apprentice 2 more points, and as the clock ran down Alena Puaauli-Pelham drained a 3-pointer to cut eh lead to 52-34.
The fourth quarter saw Puaauli-Pelham hit her second 3-pointer of the game to pull to within 14 points of the lead. On their next possession, Britney Jones was fouled on a driving layup and was able to convert both of her free throws, which was followed by a defensive stop on the other end of the court. However, the Mustangs answered with a 3-pointer of their own, but Jordan Wilson kept the Builders in the game when she took the ball at the free throw line for a short jumper. With 4:18 left in the game, Ashawnti Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and took it back up for the basket, keeping the deficit at 12-points. Kerrigan Smalls cut it to 10-points with a strong drive to the basket, however, MACU pushed it back to 11-points with a free throw. Apprentice didn't let up get the lead to singled digits, but as the game came to an end, the Builders would fall by a final score of 62-49.
The Builders were led by Jordan Wilson and Ashawnti Williams, who each finished the game with 12 points. Williams also continued her dominance on the boards grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. Brittney Jones added 10 points, while Kerrigan Smalls pulled down a total of 9 rebounds. Apprentice will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Johnson & Wales. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:15pm.