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Briana Barnard is one of the key, returning players for the Hawks this season. Copyright - Digital Media Magic Briana Barnard is one of the key, returning players for the Hawks this season. Copyright - Digital Media Magic

BC has to replace scoring

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

There will be some familiar players on Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team for the 2018-2019 season, but the Hawks’ leader in all offensive and defensive categories, Taliyah Medina, will sit out for the season after tearing her left ACL this past June while playing with her AAU team.

“Having to replace her output will definitely be a priority,” said Becahi coach Jose’ Medina.

Key returners for the Hawks will be forward Briana Barnard, forward Abigail Brown, guard Solei Rodriguez, center Julia Zambo, forward Taliah Peterson, guard Jaleesa Lanier, and guard Isabelle Rosario.

“Our girls made the championship game of SportsFest 2018,” Medina said. “We have also gone 6-1 playing in fall preseason tournaments. Our girls also did a great job participating in our fall strength and conditioning program.”

The Hawks lost their top four scorers from last season that they will need to replace.

“Evident strengths are our team speed and athleticism,” said Medina. “The majority of our girls played AAU basketball and have all improved their play. We also have some talented freshmen who will definitely contribute to the varsity program this year.”

Other players on the varsity roster are Yvonne Perez, O’neviah Scott, Kamryn Williamson, Kelby McNally, Kourtney Wilson, Stephanie Donato, and Keyara Walters.

Becahi will have three home games to start the season, hosting Cardinal O’Hara on Dec. 7, Freedom on Dec. 11, and Liberty on Dec. 14.