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Press photo by Linda RothrockTiliyah Medina puts up a shot during Friday’s opening round of state play. Press photo by Linda RothrockTiliyah Medina puts up a shot during Friday’s opening round of state play.
Press photo by Linda RothrockNeila Luma and the Hawks live to play another day in the state tournament. Press photo by Linda RothrockNeila Luma and the Hawks live to play another day in the state tournament.
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Girls advance in states

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Scranton Prep was not about to allow Bethlehem Catholic to hand them a second loss this season, but neither were the Hawks going to hand the Classics a state playoff victory last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.

“I told our team, we’ve got to break through. We’ve got to get away, so being able to start it, once our momentum goes, I know our team is going to come through,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.

Medina set the example with a three pointer to open the fourth quarter. Until then, it was anyone’s game, but eight minutes later, it was the Hawks who had prevailed 60-37.

“I think it was just that we needed to work on our defense and stop the penetration, and on offense, we needed to move the ball more,” said Becahi forward Tessa Zamolyi.

Actually it was Zamolyi’s three pointer with 3:34 left in the third quarter that sparked the Hawks’ hope for the breakthrough Medina expressed to her fellow teammates.

“Honestly, I’m really happy I hit that shot because I was 0 for 3 in the first half,” Zamolyi said.

The Hawks closed out the third quarter with a five-point lead, and now it was do or die time.

“I think we partly underestimated them, but we had to know they would get better from the beginning of the season to now,” said Zamolyi.

After Medina’s three in the fourth, the Hawks’ defense tightened, and Morgan Orloski stepped up with a three from the deep corner.

“It felt great because Tessa making that shot gave us motivation,” Orloski said. “We locked them down in the fourth quarter because we made adjustments.”

Orloski had a steal immediately afterward, was fouled on her layup, and sank both free throws.

“Even with Mo’s steal, once we started the momentum, I knew we could do it,” said Medina.

Becahi coach Jose Medina was admittedly disappointed with his team’s play of man-to-man in the first half, but was proud they accepted the challenge in the second half.

“[Scranton Prep] came out and played hard. That’s what teams do this time of year,” Coach Medina said. “They played with a lot of confidence, really.”

Coach Medina, however, was able to pull his Hawks back in, especially on defense.

“Later tonight, we find out who we play next, and I’ll watch film and be ready to go at practice tomorrow,” he said. “Up late, up early.”

Becahi is scheduled to have faced Berks Catholic on March 14 at Souderton Area High School in the second round of state playoffs.