Hawks down Easton
Bethlehem Catholic guard Isabelle Rosario correctly predicted the Hawks would be facing Freedom in the EPC semifinal, played Tuesday, past Press deadlines.
“I’m actually ready for Tuesday,” Rosario said after the Hawks defeated Easton, 64-49, in the first round of conference playoffs last Friday night at Becahi.
“Last time we played Easton, it was actually a really, really close game until the fourth quarter, and we knew that they’re coming back here, it’s playoffs, and we couldn’t slack off,” said Rosario.
But the Hawks suffered a close call when the Red Rovers scored 13 straight points in the latter part of the second quarter to cut Becahi’s lead to one point, 25-24.
“In the locker room we spoke about that. We were saying that this happened last time, but in the fourth quarter, and they were really getting close, and we said that they’re out rebounding us, and we have to rebound and stop with our turnovers, and play how we usually play,” Rosario said.
Rosario took charge, sinking back-to-back threes in the opening minutes of the third quarter, and again halfway through, along with threes by Abby Brown and Jaleesa Lanier.
“I did find myself wide open,” Rosario said. “We practice on passing the ball, so during the game, we made the extra pass, and I was just wide open and shot the ball.”
The Hawks had a comfortable 13 point lead to start the fourth quarter, 49-36.
“Even though we were up, we still wanted to keep pushing on the gas because we didn’t want them to come back,” said Rosario. “Basically, we didn’t stop.”
Taliyah Medina was Becahi’s top scorer with 15 points, and 11 of those came in the first quarter. Rosario had 14 points.
Cassidy Saylor had 10 points for Easton, and Emily Violante scored nine points.