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Press photo by Rob MerchantTaliyah Medina and Kourtney Wilson battle for the ball against Eastburg South. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA Press photo by Rob MerchantTaliyah Medina and Kourtney Wilson battle for the ball against Eastburg South. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA

Hawk girls hoop team still unbeaten undefeated

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team continued its undefeated season with a 76-29 victory over East Stroudsburg South on Friday at Becahi.

Also continuing is the Hawks’ hunger to challenge themselves with nonconference games throughout the season.

The Hawks began on Dec. 7 when they defeated Springfield DELCO, 64-50.

One week later, the Hawks competed in the She Got Game Invitational in Virginia where they defeated Sidwell Friends High School, 61-58, the same school attended by President Barack Obama’s daughters.

“It was an awesome experience for our kids,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It was a back-and-forth type game, but we had that championship resolve.”

Becahi hosted Imhotep Charter on Dec. 23 and trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter, only to come back and win 53-52.

Most recently, the Hawks defeated Georgetown Visitation Prep, 45-42, at the Blue Star Invitational on Jan. 5 in Philadelphia.

“Last year, they beat us by 30, and we said we’d only come back if we could play them again,” said Medina. “Last year with the injury to Taliyah [Medina] a lot of kids were thrust into new roles.

“As the season progressed, our confidence began to grow, and we as a staff started to see that toward the middle of the year, and the girls used that momentum all the way through to a state title. Fast forward a year later and they came in with that confidence, so now as a staff, we challenge them.”

Later this month, Becahi will host the 2018 4A state champion Lancaster Catholic and on Feb. 1, Central Bucks West, but first, the Hawks will take on Nazareth this Friday at home.

“They’re a good team, they’re a well-coached team, and we’re looking forward to having them here,” Medina said. “It’s going to be our Youth Night, so we want to put on a strong performance for the 80 to 100 youth that we are expecting here from throughout the Lehigh Valley.”