Girls play as team
"Finally we played as a team," said Jeff Jacksits after Northampton's girls basketball team racked up the Kids' first Lehigh Valley Conference win.
Northampton, which opened the season with a 1-7 record (including three LVC losses, trounced Emmaus 59-39 last Friday.
And Tuesday the Kids followed that with 54-46 decision over host Dieruff to move Northampton's record to a 2-3 in the LVC and 3-7 overall.
Jacksits, who said his girls were a "work in progress," saw his team struggle to find themselves in their first eight games before knocking off Emmaus.
"We converted on our plays and looked good on defense," said the coach. "After getting our lead, Emmaus had to play catch up and that's not their kind of game."
Northampton ran off eight straight points at the end of the first period and beginning of the second for a 16-9 lead and the outcome was never in doubt as the Kids led 29-16 at halftime.
In rolling up their highest point output of the season, the Kids had three players in double fingers-Leandra Sterner and Ashley Brink with 13 each and Kayla Csencsits with 12. Six other Kids scored with Autumn Klucsarits and Giovanna Martinez getting five each. Klucsarits was also outstanding on defense a Emmaus coach Billy Dunn said she was "in the Hornets' hair" all evening.
Beth Wisely led Emmaus with 20 points-most coming after the game was out of the Hornets' hands.
Northampton gets back into action tomorrow (Friday) at preseason favorite Bethlehem Catholic, then entertaining always tough Holy Redeemer, Saturday afternoon. The Kids get back to LVC play on Tuesday when they visit Freedom and then host Central Catholic on Friday, Jan. 18.