Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team became four-time East Penn Conference champions after defeating Nazareth, 34-28, last Thursday at the PPL Center in Allentown.
“When you get pushed to the brink, champions respond,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “They came out with a great game plan, but our girls showed that resolve.”
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.
Freedom junior Sarah Gill placed fifth out of 15 female divers at the EPC Diving Championships last Saturday at Parkland High School.
“Sarah had a good day,” said Freedom/Liberty diving coach Emily Kocis. “She’s an all- around athlete. She’s strong both physically and mentally.”
Gill’s score was 378.35.
“My two best dives were a reverse dive and a back 1.5 twist,” Gill said. “Since the last EPC meet, I switched a back 2.5 twist with a back 1.5 twist 1.5 flip, and it was a little short and my feet came apart a little bit, but overall it was better than my 2.5 twist.”
Liberty’s girls’ swim team defeated Southern Lehigh, 110-76, and Liberty’s boys also defeated Solehi, 89-81, last Tuesday at Liberty.
Sammy Taylor, Abby Mack, Talia Lehr, and Sarah Park opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.12.
Mack went on to win the 200 free in 2:00.32. Brooke Sergent took first place in the 200 IM in 2:21.26, and Addison Collins won the same event in 2:03.49.
Park won the 50 free in 26.47, Lehr came in first in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.42, and Patrick Gilhool also came in first in the fly in 52.90.
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team closed out its season on Feb. 4 at home with a 66-40 loss to North Schuylkill but won its last conference game against Dieruff, 61-34, on Jan. 3 at Dieruff.
“We played a very, very good game yesterday against Dieruff,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “Tonight, [North Schuylkill’s] pressure is a little different, but you know, our kids compete. We don’t give up.
Last Thursday night was an all-girls senior night for Freedom’s swim team when Grace Christiansen, Sage Hillier, Elena Hume, Hallie Smith, Sydney Straka, and Fallon Tatlow were honored by teammates, coaches, family, and friends prior to the Patriots’ swim meet with Stroudsburg at Freedom.
“There are moments when I feel like a senior and I’m almost out, but then there are times where I feel like I still have so much to learn,” said Smith. “My best was probably the 400 free relay at the end. I felt good going out.”
Bethlehem Catholic and Lancaster Catholic have seen recent Class 4A PIAA state championships, so their contest on Jan. 25 at Becahi was a competitive yet friendly rivalry in which the Hawks took early control and won, 58-43.
Liberty’s swim team scored two wins over Northampton when the Hurricane girls defeated the K-Kids, 95-73, and the Hurricane boys also defeated the K-Kids, 107-69, last Thursday at Liberty.
Sammy Taylor, Abby Mack, Talia Lehr, and Sarah Park won the 200 medley relay in 1:56.56, and Patrick Gilhool, Addison Collins, Daniel Lader, and Corbin Eisenhardt also won the medley relay in 1:44.10.
Collins took first place in the 200 IM in 2:03.26, and Park and Ben Service won the 50 free in 26.74 and 24.94, respectively.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team hosted Wilson West Lawn in a nonconference game last week when the Patriots pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Bulldogs, 52-28.
The two teams tied 14-14 after one quarter and 20-20 after two.
“In the first half we definitely weren’t expecting the aggressiveness,” said Freedom sophomore Kailey Turpening.
Also in the first half, Wilson West Lawn’s Kaya Burkhart put up 10 points.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team won their 34th straight game and 21st of the season this Saturday against Central Bucks West, 65-51, at Becahi.
“They made a run and are a great team over there, but our girls answered the call,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We’ve got a great bench, kids who contribute, one through nine, and today we tapped in to a couple others.”