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Saturday, October 21, 2017

GIRLS HOOPS - Becahi moves on to district finals

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

It did not take long for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to make a statement in its 66-30 District XI Class 4A semifinal victory over Blue Mountain Wednesday night at Whitehall High School.

As a result of drawing a bye in the quarterfinals, the Hawks had a long time to prepare for its run in the district tournament, 12 days to be exact.

“I think the week off helped us to recoup. We broke down film, and we saw what we needed to work on, like rebounding and sharpening up on defense,” said Becahi guard Natalie Rhine, who had 12 points. “I think that worked for us today.”

Blue Mountain players Emily Fasnacht and Taylor Martin hit a three apiece at the start of the game, but that’s all it took to spur the Hawks onto an 11 point run, led by Rhine and Taliyah Medina, who scored eight points in the semifinal.

“It felt really good to play and let loose,” said Rhine regarding her steals against the third-seeded Eagles.

By halftime, the Hawks were ahead 37-18, but they were long from finished, leading by 30 points at the end of the third quarter.

Hope Brown and Neila Luma also went on a run, combining for 10 straight points.

A new line-up started the fourth quarter for Becahi, including Morgan Orloski, Julia Zambo, Briana Barnard, Soleil Rodriguez, and Jaleesa Lanier.

Orloski scored four points, and Barnard, Rodriguez, and Lanier added two points each.

“It was really nice because we had an entire week to practice,” Orloski said. “We talked about [the possibility of] losing momentum, but what overrides that is our effort, energy, and passion.”

Tessa Zamolyi and Abby Brown also scored in the game with four points each.

Bechai will take on Central in the 4A girls finals at 1:30 at Easton. Central won on a buzzer-beater three pointer to stun Northwestern.