“We just have to play with the same intensity that we did tonight,” said Nation. “Our teams are familiar with each other, and we always know it’s going to be a battle, so we just have to prepare.”

The regular-season-ending loss left a bad taste in the Hornets’ mouths. It was their only setback of the season.

“We want to get our revenge,” said Emmaus’ Henseler. “That was a big game for us, and we started off slow and never got back into the game and got swept in three; we’re ready for the rematch.”

Chuck Hixson is a freelance writer.