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Press photo by Rob MerchantBriana Barnard scores an uncontested layup during the Hawks victory. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA Press photo by Rob MerchantBriana Barnard scores an uncontested layup during the Hawks victory. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA

BC girls cruise in opening round

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team cruised through the first round of PIAA State Class 4A playoffs in a mercy rule game, defeating Carver Engineering & Science, 68-19, at Easton Area Middle School.

Carver had started the game, already behind, when they hit traffic coming from Philadelphia, forcing a late start.

“I really commend them. I feel they had class, they weren’t angry. They played aggressive, but I was happy they were a good opponent,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier, who hit the first two three-pointers of the game.

Jayla Henderson scored early for Carver, but the team’s offense was quiet afterward.

“They had a great attitude,” said Becahi forward Briana Barnard. “Your late and you don’t have time to shoot around and warm up- I think they adjusted well. They were a good team, good girls, and they just played their game.”

Despite Carver’s defensive efforts, the Hawks were able to tally 15 to 20 points per quarter in the first three.

“They were on the floor a lot,” Lanier said. “I think that was good for us, to be on the floor and be the first to the ball. They were great defensive tries.”

Barnard was consistent underneath, racking up 17 points in the game.

Kourtney Wilson added 11 points, and Isabelle Rosario had seven.

“Were working as a team more,” she said. “Especially coming down to states, it’s a good time to play together, pass the ball more, and get more opportunities for each other. We have to go out there and play our game. That’s all you can do. We’re just going to have to be ready.”

Round two for the Hawks is scheduled for this Wednesday at 6 p.m. when they will take on Gwynned-Mercy at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School in Shillington, Pa.

“I’m looking forward to the competition,” said Lanier. “Hopefully we win. This is our goal. We need to play 32 and beat five, so I’m excited for the competition Wednesday.”