Girls hope to turn things around with a new year
Shades of Jeff Jacksits' first season as head coach of Northampton's girls basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids of the 2012-2013 season are off to a 1-7 start and that record mimics the Kids' record of 4-17 in Jacksits' first season nine years ago.
"We're a work in progress," says Jacksits as his team has only two seniors and three letter winners from last year's 19-5 team.
Junior letter winner point guard Leandra Sterner, senior center Ashley Brink and senior guard Michele Dally are the only returnees and Jacksits is trying to find the right combinations.
Northampton dropped a 59-34 to District 3 powerhouse Central Dauphin in the opening game of the Kralo Memorial Tournament at Central Catholic and the Kids then lost the consultation game to CCHS 51-39. Central Dauphin won the championship with a 64-25 victory over North Hunterdon, N.J.
The Kids lost their first five games before beating East Stroudsburg South 37-31 on December 22 with Sterner leading the way with 12 points. Sterner led the Kids with 16 points in the loss to CCHS and made the all-tourney team. Meanwhile, sophomore Giovanna Martinez was Northampton's top scorer with 11 points in the loss to Central Dauphin.
With 14 games remaining11 in the Lehigh Valley Conference the Kids need 10 wins to gain a birth in the District 11 playoffs this year after the Kids reached the playoffs for six consecutive years.
Northampton returns to LVC action on Friday with a home game against Emmaus. Next week's schedule has Northampton at Dieruff before returning home for a game with preseason LVC favorite Bethlehem Catholic. Then on Saturday, January 12, the Kids are at home for a nonleague game with Holy Redeemer from the Scranton area.