Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BC girls beat Allen

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

By halftime, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team had its game against Allen well in hand with a 14-point lead, but there was still plenty to go over in the locker room.

“We knew they were quick. We knew they were going to be physical so we knew we had to beat them on the defensive end and then beat them on the floor,” said Becahi senior Hope Brown. “We just talked about who we needed to lock down on, our zone, and how to execute that.”

Brown had 13 points in the Hawks’ 66-45 victory over the Canaries last Tuesday night at Becahi.

“That feels good, especially after coming out of a few games where our shots weren’t falling,” Brown said. “We always say that defense runs our offense, so even if we’re off on the defensive end, once we keep running through our defense, things come along on the offensive end.”

That’s exactly what happened midway through the first quarter when Becahi sophomore guard Jaleesa Lanier entered the game.

“Every time we can get someone in who makes a difference on the defensive end, that has such an impact,” said Brown.

Lanier’s tight defense resulted in some foul trouble, but not before taking the ball the length of the court for a layup. That was the beginning of the end of Allen’s scoring in the first quarter, sparking a 14-0 point run by the Hawks.

“I like to be a firecracker off the bench, so getting that steal and pushing it through, I got to see some holes through the defense, and I just took it up and shot,” Lanier said. “Even if that [foul trouble] happens again, I just need to adapt and adjust. I’m going to try and keep space between my defender, and just learn to, instead of using my hands more, just slide my feet.”

Becahi guard Taliyah Medina scored seven straight of her 14 points, and Brown had two points to end the first quarter.

The Hawks were determined to lock down on Allen’s Miriam Rodriguez, who had a game high of 18 points, and Kion Andrews, who scored 11, and were successful in the second half allowing just eight points between them.

Becahi led by 20 points at the end of the third quarter, outscoring the Canaries 16-10.

Morgan Orloski’s three pointer, and Solei Rodriguez’s free throws ended the game.

Becahi guard Natalie Rhine also had a three pointer, along with Medina and Brown.

This Friday, the Hawks will travel to Freedom to take on one of their two city rivals.