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Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team scored its eighth victory of the season last Thursday night in front of a large crowd at Nazareth where the Hawks defeated the Blue Eagles, 59-45.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge so we were excited to play this game because we need this for later on,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier who scored 14 points.
The Hawks had just come off a pre-New Year’s 49-47 victory over Imhotep Charter on Dec. 29.
“I think Imhotep Charter did prepare us because they were a very fast team, so it helped us to slow down the pace and know where each other were at, so I think it really did help us,” said Lanier.
Late in the first quarter, Becahi freshman Kourtney Wilson was left wide open and hit a three to give the Hawks a six-point lead, but the Blue Eagles fought their way back in the second quarter when the score was 22-20 at halftime, favoring the Hawks.
“We talked about moving the ball and being savvy on the post area and defense,” Lanier said. “Really, defense we stressed. We needed to talk it out and where we needed to be.”
Wilson opened the third quarter with another three, but a three pointer by Nazareth’s Madison Amy and four more points by Makenna Fortner, two on a fast break, gave the Blue Eagles a lead they would continue to trade with the Hawks until the last two minutes.
“I was needing to get back in this game, and we needed some energy, so I thought, let me pick up my defense and see if that can spark some offensive play,” said Lanier, who converted for two of the Hawks’ next 11 straight points on a steal.
Keyara Walters hit a three for the Hawks to end their run in the third and lead the Blue Eagles, 41-33.
Becahi started the fourth quarter with a stall, attempting to bring the Blue Eagles out of their zone.
“We wanted to slow down the pace and slow ourselves down, and we wanted them to play us man, and they were playing us two-three, and we were, like, let them play us,” Lanier said.
Nazareth failed to close the gap in the fourth despite threes by Amy and her sister Morgan Amy.
This week, Becahi will host Pleasant Valley on Friday.