BC girls cruise by Central
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team repeated as District XI Class 4A champions after defeating Allentown Central Catholic 45-19 on Saturday at Freedom High School.
“These are never to be taken for granted,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It’s an awesome feeling. We’re going to enjoy today, and I think we’ve got to get ready for Berwick.”
Although the score tells one story, the first half was quite another, as the Hawks trailed for the first eight minutes, and then fought to take a permanent lead in the second quarter.
As the Vikettes attempted to inbound the ball, they threw it away, and Becahi forward Hope Brown hit a three pointer, followed by two more points.
“Early in the game when we were down, we just had to battle back, and as soon as we battled back, we came to the end of the first half with a lead, and that brought us so much momentum, and I think that’s what brought the change,” said Brown.
Brown scored eight of her 11 points in the first half, but Central’s Jess Davis was finding her way inside after an early three pointer.
“She was getting some drive in lanes, and we talked about closing that up in the second half, and recovering and rotating behind it. The girls did a great job of communicating when she touched the ball in the second half,” Medina said.
So great, in fact, that the Hawks held the Vikettes to two points in the entire second half, which came early in the third quarter.
“We just came in the locker room and knew we wanted this really bad, and so coming out in the second half we came out with full fire,” said Becahi guard Natalie Rhine.
The Hawks also utilized nine players in order to keep their players fresh and hopefully wear down the Vikettes.
“They’re pretty much five, six deep, against us ... and our girls did a wonderful job with their rotations,” Medina said.
Becahi’s lead continued to grow on a two points from Brown, a three pointer by Morgan Orloski, four points on free throws by Taliyah Medina, and another three by Orloski.
“I knew that’s what we were capable of,” said Brown. “It feels amazing. I’m so proud of my team and my coaches.”
Also scoring for the Hawks were Abby Brown, Briana Barnard, and Jaleesa Lanier. Julia Zambo and Solei Rodriguez also saw time.
Becahi will take on Berwick on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Freedom High School in the first round of PIAA State Class 4A playoffs.