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Hawks starting over

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Katie McDonald in Sports

As defending state champions, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team will be expecting every other team’s best shot throughout the upcoming season, and that best shot is what the Hawks are preparing for.

“I told our girls the first day of practice, 229 days had passed [since the state final], and for us, the message was that was last season. None of that stuff matters,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “The only thing that matters is knowing we’re going to get everybody’s best shot, which we like, so now our girls have to match that intensity.”

Natalie Rhine, Jaleesa Lanier, Solei Rodriguez, Hope Brown, Morgan Orloski, Briana Barnard, Taliyah Medina, Julia Zambo, and Abigail Brown are all returning.

The Hawks’ one newcomer, sophomore Isabelle Rosario, is a transfer from Liberty.

“All the goals we met last year, we come in with the same goals, but there’s a lot of work that goes into that. We’ll put our best foot forward knowing that we’re going to get everybody’s best shot, and it will enhance us and what we do,” Medina said.

The Hawks already defeated District XI Class 6A champions Boyertown by 17 points in a scrimmage two weeks ago.

“We’re doing different things in practice with strength and agility and conditioning to get us ready for the physical, and we do a lot of stuff behind the scenes to gear us up for the mental,” said Medina, who is positioning his players for whatever is to come.

“Nothing goes in pen here. Everything is in pencil. One week you can look really good, but the moment you start to get complacent, things start to happen and other girls are creeping up that depth chart. We want our girls to know that everyone here has an opportunity [to play] throughout the season.”

Becahi will compete in a tournament at Downingtown East on Dec. 8 and 9 before its first conference game on Dec. 12 at home against Parkland.