BC girls eye state finals trip
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.
In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.
“I’m excited,” said Becahi forward Hope Brown. “Our defense ran our offense, and we kept up the same intensity. It was hard to stay constantly up, but we worked on that. After last year, we knew they’d come out hard.”
The Hawks came out harder, taking a 21-5 lead after the first quarter.
Keeping Berks Catholic’s Taylor Keys under control was one of the Hawks’ main concerns.
“We knew about their big girl,” said Zamolyi. “We needed to keep her off the boards, and we knew they wanted to get the ball to her.”
By halftime, the Hawks succeeded, holding Keys to five points and taking a 44-17 lead.
“We were mainly clapping up at halftime, for the first part, anyway, because we held them to five and 17 points,” Brown said.
The Saints scored mainly on free throws by Keys to start the third quarter, but the Hawks shared the wealth of scoring among Zamolyi, Brown, Neila Luma, Natalie Rhine, and Briana Barnard, stretching the lead 60-30.
Becahi coach Jose Medina replaced his starters for the fourth quarter, and the Hawks handled the Saints with 12 more points.
“We mainly focus on defense at practice, but we make time for all our shots,” said Zamolyi.
Rhine, Zamolyi, Luma, and Taliyah Medina all were in double digits for Becahi. Also scoring for the Hawks were Solei Rodriguez, Julia Zambo, and Morgan Orloski.
The PIAA State 4A final is scheduled for this Thursday in Hershey.