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BC girls fighting for playoff positioning

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

After a week of celebrations, including Hope Brown’s 1,000th career point, senior night, and youth night, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team struggled against Easton and lost to the Red Rovers 53-42 on Friday at Becahi.

“It was a battle of two great teams, and credit to them, it was their night tonight,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “They knocked down shots, and in basketball, that’s what it comes down to.”

The Hawks knocked down shots of their own, taking a one-point lead at halftime, but eight straight points by Easton in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back threes by Mikayla Roach, secured the lead for the Red Rovers.

“Coming up to it in the last two weeks we’ve known we were coming to prepare for this, so being able to beat them when they beat us the first time, it means a lot. Morgan Orloski, one of my favorite people in the world, playing against her, it’s weird, but good sportsmanship all around,” said Roach, who transferred from Becahi her sophomore year.

Orloski hit crucial threes, one in the second quarter and one in the fourth, and saved a ball going out of bounds, which was scooped up by Natalie Rhine for two points.

Taliyah Medina and Brown also hit a three apiece on Friday night.

It was in the second quarter when bodies were flying on four or five consecutive possessions on both sides.

“It’s always a physical game, going against Beca. It’s competitive,” Roach said.

Easton’s Leanna Deegan had 17 points and Kyla Smith scored 14 against the Hawks.

“I’ll tell you what, Deegan played really strong for them today. She was tough, and we didn’t have an answer for her,” Coach Medina said.

Roach believes that was the difference between the Red Rovers’ first meeting with the Hawks in December and this time.

“The last time we played them, Leanna Deegan had foul trouble so that was really a game changer. [Our coach Dave Lutz] really made sure we boxed out. We did a lot of drills in practice,” said Roach.

Easton, Becahi, Freedom, and Allen have been fighting for position in the Steel Division of the East Penn Conference all season.

“We play Freedom next week on Wednesday which will be our senior night, so beating Beca, we had a tied record, and now we get to go up, and that’s exciting,” Roach said.

NOTE: Bethlehem Catholic senior Hope Brown scored her 1,000 career point on a foul shot last Tuesday during the second quarter of the Hawks’ game against Liberty at Becahi.

“It was very, very emotional,” Brown said. “It was a thrill because it was something I was looking for since before freshman year. Huge goal.”