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Hawks fall in finals

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team made it to the finals of the A-town Throwdown Divaz Tournament this past weekend, but lost in its last game to Northampton, 38-29.

The Hawks beat Northwestern in the quarterfinal, 28-24, and then went on to beat Allen, 22-18, in the semifinal.

“I really like the way our girls are playing defense, and that’s one thing we talked about,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We did a good job of getting in the gym for two months in terms of weight training, strength and conditioning, and it shows. It shows out here as these girls are scrapping in some tough conditions. We scrap for loose change, and today we got a couple of loose change baskets, and we prevailed.”

The Hawks were 3-0 in pool play, defeating Cedar Crest, Dieruff, and Emmaus.

“Everybody [participated] with the exception of Abby Brown, who got hurt in our first game, and Julia Zambo, and a couple younger kids who would be playing but they have other things going on,” Medina said.

“Solei Rodriguez, Jaleesa Lanier, our guards [are stepping up], and our guard play has been really good. Briana Barnard is a senior, and she’s definitely bringing her leadership here in terms of doing the rotations, where to move and what to do, so it was good to see that today.”

A new face on the coaching staff is former Whitehall coach Dwight Repsher, who replaces Lisa Kanyuk.

“Dwight does a great job with the kids,” said Medina. “I saw him at Whitehall, and I always admired his work from afar, and I said if I ever have a chance to reach out to someone, he’s somebody I’d want to reach out to. He knows the game, and I’ve learned so much from him, and we work very well together.”