Becahi girls capture another District 11 crown
It seems that almost every year, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic are battling for the District 11 title. It happened once again this year.
After missing out on district gold last year, the Golden Hawks were back on top of District 11 in the new 4A classification, defeating the Vikettes 43-27 last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.
“At the end of the day this is one of the goals we strive for from the first day of practice,” said head coach Jose Medina. “When you see the goals that you put forth on paper, and on the board, come to fruition, you have to be happy with that.”
Becahi (22-5 overall) had been the face of 3A, and the Lehigh Valley in girls basketball the last few years. They also claimed the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship this year by beating Easton.
The senior class has now played in the district final all four years, winning three of them. The Golden Hawks program has won four of the last five.
“This is a dream come true for my senior year,” said senior forward Tessa Zamolyi, who finished with eight points. “I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates for the hard work we put in to get to this point.”
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Becahi. Central came out and hit some shots to take an early lead. But it didn’t last for long.
The Golden Hawks then put together a 28-4 spurt spanning the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the third. At that point it was a twenty-point game at 30-10 with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter.
Neila Luma (9 points) and Hope Brown (9) were key behind the run. Luma was playing against her former team, transferring in from Central Catholic this year, after leading the team in scoring last season.
“I was definitely excited,” Luma said on playing against the Vikettes. “But I just took it as another game, and another opportunity to get the gold.”
Even with Central (10-15) coming in after an uncharacteristic down year for the program, the Golden Hawks knew that they could not take their rival lightly, as they have been consistent in big games, and know how to win them when it counts the most.
“We knew there was a lot hanging on us, because they were coming in with nothing to lose,” Zamolyi said. “They did give us a run for our money in the beginning, but we just found a way to fight back on defense.”
Becahi now advances to the PIAA state tournament this weekend as the top seed in 4A.
The Hawks will play District 2’s third seed Scranton Prep on Friday, a team that they beat 40-22 earlier this season.
“Bottom line is that we’re going to reset, refocus, and now it’s a five-game playoff,” Medina said. “We hit two of the goals that we had to start the year, and now there’s one more left to go.”