BC girls win EPC title
Prior to winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again.
After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.
Becahi players Tessa Zamolyi, Taliyah Medina, and Morgan Orloski summed up the feeling with the same word. Amazing.
“We knew we would be coming in to a different match because we knew them, and they knew us,” said Zamolyi.
The Hawks and Red Rovers met twice before, and Becahi won twice. Easton would come well-prepared, but so would the Hawks.
“Defense, defense, defense,” said Taliyah Medina, “and momentum.”
In fact, that was Orloski’s job, coming off the bench throughout the game.
“I was supposed to lock up on defense,” Orloski said, “and on offense, take care of the ball. We did everything we could to be successful. I’m so proud.”
Early in the second quarter, Becahi’s Neila Luma accumulated three fouls, and Julia Zambo came in the game, scoring four points almost immediately, two points on a pass to the inside from Orloski after the Red Rovers lost the ball on an overthrow.
The Hawks had a five point lead at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, but not without challenges from Easton’s Gabby Bloshuk, Shelby Stocker, and Leanna Deegan, who scored 13, nine, and eight points, respectively.
Stocker hit a three to start the final eight minutes, and teammate Olivia George pulled the Red Rovers to within three points, but Luma’s foul shots put the Hawks back up by five.
The last big play of the game came when Medina intercepted a Red Rover pass and threw to Zamolyi, who went in for the lay-up.
“No one was in front of me, and I was thinking, I can’t miss this lay-up, but I heard everyone coming from behind me, and I knew everything was on my shoulders because it was coming down to the end,” she said.
Medina also felt responsibility on her own shoulders.
“I made a mistake on the play before that, but I was thinking, it doesn’t matter, and I have to keep playing. I didn’t let it get to me, and I redeemed myself,” Medina said. “We lost to Easton last year, and I remember sitting on the bench with my dad, so this is just amazing, and for our team. We’re all a family.”