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Press photos by Mark KirlinJaleesa Lanier and the Hawks moved on in the state tournament. Press photos by Mark KirlinJaleesa Lanier and the Hawks moved on in the state tournament.
Isabelle Rosario drives to the hoop for a basket during the Hawks victory over the Huskies. Isabelle Rosario drives to the hoop for a basket during the Hawks victory over the Huskies.

BC girls win opener

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Katie McDonald Special to the Press in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team doesn’t want to get beat, but they don’t mind getting beaten up.

Becahi center Abby Brown loves the physical games. Teammate Keyara Walters has talked about tough practices as being the norm. So when the Hawks scrimmaged Archbishop Wood last Wednesday in preparation for state playoffs, getting beaten up is exactly what they were looking for.

“It was a 50-50 fight, so Thursday and Friday we had a good practice,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “The out of conference games we played this year, the girls come in at a different level. I wanted to get beat up going in.”

In the first round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs, the Hawks dealt the beating, taking a 23-0 lead in the first quarter and defeating Prep Charter from Philadelphia, 62-28.

“We started to execute,” said Becahi senior O’neviah Scott. “Before the game, we knew we can’t underestimate anyone. We had our assignments, came out, and we were ready.”

Jaleesa Lanier, Kourtney Wilson, and Taliyah Medina combined for the first 23 points, and then, for the most part, it was up to Becahi’s bench to pick up where the starters left off.

Scott, Walters, Cydney Stanton, Kelby McNally, and Lauren Alia started the third quarter and later, Yari Fernandez and Kendra Rigo.

After Stanton sank two free throws, McNally hit a three early in the second half.

“We were passing the ball around because we want to work on spacing out the floor, and then I found an open spot around the three-point line, and I knew it was going to go in,” McNally said. “It’s really nice, relaying what we do at practice into games. I think we made a lot of progress, getting ready for the next games.”

Scott tallied 12 points in the game with 10 in the second half.

“O’neviah is ready to go,” said Coach Medina. “‘Hey, Coach, whatever you need, I’m ready to go,’ and we’re so happy for that. When you play with a lot of effort, with a lot of energy, the basketball finds you, and today it found us at great spots, and we were able to convert great defense into simple offense.”

Azori Edwards scored 22 of Prep Charter’s 28 points.

Becahi will take on Gwynedd Mercy Academy in the second round of state playoffs at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at the Geigle Complex in Reading.

“Usually, the second round is harder than the first, so I’m excited,” Scott said.