Becahi girls defeat Easton
For Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team, December is becoming that time of year when there’s not only Christmas to look forward to, but the Becahi-Easton game, this year on Dec. 22 at Easton.
With the intensity of a Freedom-Liberty rivalry, the Hawks held on in the fourth quarter to defeat the Red Rovers 49-43.
“It’s great competition every time we play them. They always bring their best, and we always bring our best, and we all play hard,” said Becahi guard Natalie Rhine, who scored the first points of the game and totaled 11.
“As soon as I knew I was open I went for it, and same with Abby [Brown]. We just played our hearts out, and we played with confidence.”
Brown, a new starter for the Hawks this year, had 12 points in the game.
“Last game I was kind of hesitant to shoot even though the girl was playing off me, so I was determined to make it up in this game, so when I saw she was off me, I saw my opportunity, and I took it,” Brown said.
“Some of our girls came from Easton, so there’s a kind of a love hate thing going on. This is one of the more exciting games, when you come to it.”
Easton’s Jahnel Oliver brought the excitement for the Red Rovers in the second half, seemingly coming out of nowhere to score four three-pointers and 16 points in total. In fact, Becahi was leading 37-25 after three quarters.
“She put the team on her back, especially in the second half. She came out making shots, and that’s what they needed for their team,” said Rhine.
With 3:30 left in the game, the Hawks began to stall, but Oliver went for the steal and made a layup, pulling the Red Rovers within five.
“I have to give her credit. She did a really good job,” said Brown. “Defense, mainly defense. We needed to pick it up because we let their shooters get too many, so Coach [Jose Medina] wanted to shut that down.”
In a chaotic final two minutes, Taliyah Medina grabbed a rebound on a missed Becahi foul shot to score, and Briana Barnard rebounded a missed foul shot that resulted in two foul shots for Jaleesa Lanier.
The Hawks and the Red Rovers exchanged fouls for the rest of the game, and in grand style, Oliver hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, although it would not be enough for Easton.
“It feels awesome,” said Rhine. “This is the game on the calendar we always look forward to.”