Girls making a run Team knocks off LHS, needs three wins
"Three more," was the main cheer coming from the Northampton girls' locker room after the Konkrete Kids knocked off Liberty Tuesday night.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' crew played a "never-say-die" kind of game as the Kids finished strong to beat a good Liberty team, 57-45.
"It was a team effort," said Jacksits after his squad won its second straight Lehigh Valley Conference game to boost the Kids' LVC record to 4-6 with four league games remaining. They must win three of those to qualify for the District 11 4A playoffs.
"We played excellent for three quarters, but we haven't played a complete game yet," said Jacksits, whose nine-year record with the K-Kids now stands at 147-83.
Leandra Sterner and Kayla Csencsits each scored 14 points and Ashley Brink added 12. Erica Filipovits came off the bench to score five, but also pulled down 11 rebounds. Michele Dally's three-point play at the start of the fourth period broke a 35-35 tie, and she wound up with six assists while Sterner had five. Amber Farnholtz and Autumn Klucsarits contributed heavily coming off the bench and Zeniyah Sanders was also a standout.
Northampton jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the first period and it seemed it was going to be a long night for Liberty.
But, Coach Amy Yencho's Hurricanes said not so fast. Liberty ran off 16-straight points, eight by Maddie Capuano, and kept Northampton scoreless for over five minutes until Csencsits scored for the Kids. By halftime, Liberty led 25-21.
Northampton and Liberty traded baskets in the third period until a Filipovits follow-up tied it at 33-33. Sterner's jumper tied it again at 35-35 with eight seconds left in the quarter.
That was it for Liberty as Dally and Klucsarits scored three-point plays in the first minute of the final period. Northampton outshot the Hurricanes 22-to-13 from the field and went 11-for-13 at the foul line as the Kids held Liberty to 20 points in the second half.
"We can play with anybody at times," said Jacksits. "But we have yet to play a complete game."
Earlier, Northampton downed Allen 52-41 with Sterner scoring 14 points and Csencsits 10. Sterner's back-to-back 14-point games gives her 211 for the season. Brink is next with 115 in 15 games.
Northampton, now 6-11 overall, visits Whitehall Friday and travels to Easton Saturday for a noontime game, which was postponed twice by bad weather.
The Kids close their season next week with a nonleague game against Stroudsburg on Monday before entertaining Parkland on Tuesday for a Senior Night game before closing out regular season action at Nazareth on Feb. 8.
So, the Kids must win three of their last four LVC games to qualify for the districts.