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Lady Builders Fall to JWU In Regular Season Finale

Photo Courtesy Apprentice School
Photo Courtesy Apprentice School

Recap Courtesy Apprentice School Sports Information

Newport News, VA – The Apprentice Women's Basketball team played their final regular season home game on Sunday was they welcomed in Johnson & Wales for the second game of a doubleheader.  Some fans may have been confused, as both teams were wearing Builder uniforms, but the Wildcats had a uniform snafu and Apprentice was able to lone them extras.  With the EMAC tournament beginning next week, Coach Hill and her team wanted to end the season on high note by defeating a team they had lost to in an earlier meeting.

JWU ran out to an early 6-0 advantage as the first quarter began.  But Jordan Wilson hit two free throws to trim it to 4-points.  On the next possession the Builders forced a turnover and Wilson would, once again, make two free throws to make the score 6-4.  However, the Wildcats put together a run and at the 3:40 mark of the quarter, they had their largest lead of the game, 16-4. Apprentice started to find some success on the offensive side of the court but as the quarter ended, they trailed by a score of 22-11. 

The start of the second quarter saw JWU drain 3-pointer from the top of the key, and they proceeded to run out to their largest lead of the game, 28-11.  For the next few minutes both teams would trade baskets, but the Wildcats eventually jumped out to a 20-point lead, 40-20 and as the teams headed to the locker room, the Builders would trail by 15-points, 42-27. 

Apprentice started a comeback in the third quarter, as Ashawnti Williams and Alena Puaauli-Pelham combined for 5-points to pull to within 10-points of the lead.  After Brittney Jones finished a driving layup, the Builders had suddenly cut the lead to 8-points, 46-38.  The deficit would hang around the 10-point range until 3:55 left in the quarter when, JWU went up by 12-points and then 14-points.  Williams and Puaauli-Pelham would, once again, cut the lead to single digits.  However, the Wildcats proceeded to go on 1 10-0 run to end the quarter and increase their lead to 69-50.

The fourth and final quarter would not be what Apprentice had drawn up as JWU increased their advantage to 26-points. 78-52.  Ashwanti Williams converted an old-fashion 3-point play to cut into the lead, but the Builders could not put together a run and as the game came to an end Apprentice would suffer the loss by a final score of 91-69.    

The Builders had four players finish in double figures, with Jordan Wilson leading the way with 17 points, while Alena Puaauli-Pelham finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.  Brittney Jones added 15 points and Ashwanti Williams finished with 14 points and a team high 10 rebounds.  Now that the regular season is over, Apprentice will open up the EMAC tournament Tuesday night at home against Regent University.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm.