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The Becahi girls are looking to get back to the state finals with Taliyah Medina also back in the fold. The Becahi girls are looking to get back to the state finals with Taliyah Medina also back in the fold.

BC heads to quarters

Friday, March 20, 2020 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s second round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs ended in a 70-49 victory over Gwynedd Mercy Academy last Tuesday at the Geigle Complex at Reading Senior High School, two days before the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Some states canceled it, and some states are playing down south,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It’s a fluid situation. New Jersey canceled, and that’s our next door neighbor. We remain optimistic but understand the severity of the situation, and safety prevails.”

Becahi will be taking on Scranton Prep in the quarterfinal if the tournament resumes.

In the Lady Hawks’ game against the Monarchs, Becahi took a 24-10 lead in the first quarter, but three Becahi players were in early foul trouble, and their lead was cut to nine points by halftime and six points at the start of the third quarter.

“When they started to come back at us, we started going really fast, so we needed to settle down and get the right pass to get the open shot,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier.

That open shot came to Lanier when she hit a three pointer early in the second half.

“Taliyah [Medina] started penetrating and then she saw me on the kick out and then I just felt it was going to go in, so it was pretty exciting,” Lanier said.

Medina went on to score 21 points in the second half.

“We got into foul trouble earlier in the game so I needed to start affecting the game,” Medina said. “Our seniors talk about wanting to take off our jersey on our own terms, and we don’t want another team to dictate when that happens. I think that motivated me.”

Medina, Lanier, Abby Brown, Isabelle Rosario, O’neviah Scott, and Kamryn Williamson, all seniors, now find themselves in a tough spot with the postponement of the state tournament.

“I had my eyes on Scranton Prep one-and-a-half months ago and got film in advance,” said Coach Medina. “I gave the game plan to our girls. We can’t be in the gym physically, but they can be mentally, online.”

As the parent of a player, Coach Medina is also in a tough spot along with all the seniors’ parents.

“Coming off Taliyah’s injury after sitting out for a year, we want to get back to Hershey,” he said.