WBB: Lady Colonels fall in Senior Day affair

Kirsten Peters, Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — On Feb. 17, the Lady Colonels were defeated 81-68 in their last regular season home game against the Eastern University Eagles on Senior Day.

Before the game got underway, the Lady Colonels honored their five seniors, Jamie Campbell, Nicole Farrell, Catey McFadden, Sarah O’Hara and Emily Sofranko, for their accomplishments both on and off the court.

In the first quarter, Eastern’s starters were hot off the bench, establishing a lead from the beginning and never allowing Wilkes to surpass it. In response to the Eagles’ early lead, Wilkes’ Campbell put the Lady Colonels first seven points on the board. Freshman Maddie Kelley tacked on a two-pointer at the 1:18 mark to close out the quarter for the Lady Colonels, leaving them trailing 16-9.

With a fire burning in their stomachs, the Lady Colonels got the ball rolling with a three-pointer by sophomore Gianna Roberts only nine seconds into the second quarter. Although the Lady Colonels were able to decrease Eastern’s lead to an attainable four points, the Eagles offense answered back, primarily with senior Taylor Price scoring 10 of her 20 points for the night in this quarter, pushing Eastern ahead 44-24.

With 47 seconds left in the quarter, Roberts, one of Wilkes’s leading scorers for the day with 13 points, made a jump-shot to kick-start the Lady Colonels seven-point run to close out the half. A shot from behind the arc by sophomore Kelsey Yustat and a layup by Roberts finished out the half for the Lady Colonels with a deficit of 13 points.

After the half, the Eagles demonstrated their purpose by reaching their largest lead of the game at 61-40. But the Lady Colonels did what they do best and had another hard-fought mini comeback to end the quarter at 61-48 with a layup by Roberts and two three-pointers, one by sophomore Chelsea Erkes and one by McFadden, who tied Roberts with 13 points and whose two three-pointers of the night tied her for seventh in school history with 89 shots from behind the arc in her four years as a Lady Colonel.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Colonels continued their efforts at making a comeback by putting 20 points on the board. However, the Eagles matched the 20 points Wilkes got with 20 points of their own, not allowing the Lady Colonels to gain any ground on their lead and closing out the game 81-68.

In the MAC Freedom, the Lady Colonels finished with a record of 0-14 and had an overall record of 4-21 for the season.

Eastern 81 Wilkes 68

Eastern (81) — Taylor Price 6 6-6 20, Amanda Riff 6 0-0 15, Regie Robinson 6 1-2 13, Brianna Young-Harris 2 2-4 6, Taylor Azer 2 1-2 6, Da’Naziah Brown 1 3-3 5, Maya Harris 2 1-2 5, Viki Kneis 1 2-2 4, Naomi Harris 1 1-2 3, Sarah Getzinger 1 0-0 2, Faith Gingrich 1 0-0 2, MaryKate McGloughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 17-23 81.

Wilkes (68) — Catey McFadden 5 1-2 13, Gianna Roberts 6 1-1 13, Jamie Campbell 3 0-0 7, Alyssa Alfano 2 3-4 7, Kelsey Yustat 2 1-2 6, Nicole Farrell 1 3-4 5, Maddie Kelley 2 0-0 5, Chelsea Erkes 2 1-1 5, Emily Sofranko 1 1-1 3, Sarah O’Hara 1 0-0 2, Sierra Smith 1 0-2 2. Totals 26 11-17 68.


Wilkes `9 `22 `17 `20– `68

3-point goals — EAST 6 (Riff 3, Price 2, Azer); WIL 5 (McFadden 2, Campbell, Yustat, Kelley)