Winona Lake, I.N.- The Emmanuel Women's Basketball Team passed the first round of the NCCAA D1 Basketball National Championship and moved on to the Semi-Finals which took place last night. The ladies played against Mid-America Christian University and won a close one, 75-74. The top scorers of the game were Elise Coberly, with 21-points, and Timia Reynolds, with 18-points.
Avery Scarbrough started off the first quarter of the game with two points to tie the game at 2. Timia Reynolds was on fire the first quarter starting out with a 3-pointer. Mikayla Trombley made a jump shot followed by three shots from Timia Reynolds. The ladies were in front 16-8 with a 3-pointer from Elise Coberly. Timia Reynolds posted up a jump shot bringing the ladies in front by 10-points. With 25 seconds left in the quarter, Timia Reynolds scored her thirteenth point with a jump shot to put the ladies up ahead 29-18 to end the first quarter.
Timia Reynolds continued to put on a clinic with a jump shot to start off the second quarter followed by a made basket by Elise Coberly. Genesis Jones entered the game and added a free throw to the board. Avery Scarbrough made a jump shot followed by a 3-pointer from Mikayla Trombley, which would be her first of the game. Mid-America tried to come back but Elise Coberly scored a jump shot to push the ladies back in front, 41-31. Jenesai Mohommad ended the second quarter with her first 3-pointer of the game. The ladies went into half-time up 44-33.
Coming out from half-time the ladies were expected to keep their defense up and maintain their lead. Elise Coberly made a jump shot to start the scoring for the Lions. Lochlain Corliss fired up a 3-pointer, which brought the ladies in front 49-36. Mikayla Trombley put up her second 3-pointer of the game. Emmanuel’s offense did not slow down during the third quarter. Elise Coberly made a jump shot and then snagged a defensive rebound allowing Avery Scarbrough to make a jump shot. Timia Reynolds stole the ball from Mid-America allowing Elise Coberly to put up a 3-pointer. The Lady Lions had a nice lead and Mid-America started handing out fouls. Between Mikayla Trombley, Elise Coberly, and Lochlain Corliss six free throws were made. This would end the third quarter with the ladies up by 18-points, 68-50.
The ladies had a substantial lead going into the fourth, but Mid America was not going away without a fight. Lochlain Corliss scored the first two points for Emmanuel off a steal by Timia Reynolds.. The ladies defense did not hold up against Mid-America’s shooting and they tied the game up 74-74 with 35 seconds left on the clock. Timia Reynold was fouled with 13 seconds left. Reynolds missed the first free throw, making the second which ultimately sealed the victory. Mid-America missed their last shot and the Lady Lions ran on to the court victorious in the semi-finals with a final score of 75-74.
The Lady Lions will now play in the National Championship for the NCCAA on Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 P.M. vs. Greenville College.
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