Girls in a wait mode
Northampton's "second chance season" begins next week when the District 11 Class 4A girls' basketball playoffs begin.
The Konkrete Kids - in the districts for their eighth-straight year - must sit back and wait until league championships are decided in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and Schuylkill League.
League champions are awarded the top seeds and eight of the 10 district eligible teams are in league playoffs - only Liberty and Northampton are not.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' squad qualified with a 7-7 LVC record and a 10-12 mark overall and are ranked eighth in the District 11 power scale. If the scale holds after league title games, Liberty would be seventh, NHS eighth, Pottsville ninth, and Stroudsburg 10th.
The Kids, who had their six-game win streak, ended last week when host Nazareth won 44-22 in the final regular-season game, have come a long way from their 1-7 opening record. With juniors Leandra Sterner and Kayla Csencsits and senior Ashley Brink leading the scoring, Northampton recouped to win six of their last seven games.
Senior Michele Dally and juniors Zeniyah Sanders and Autumn Klucsarits supplied much-needed help along with Amber Farnholtz, Giovanna Martinez, Sophia Eckroth, Amber Saylor, and Ali Reppert.
Jacksits, whose nine-year record with the Kids is 151-84, should be proud the way his girls fought back to make playoffs.
The Kids knocked off Liberty and Parkland, enough to clinch the 7-7 league record after sitting at 2-6 with six league games remaining on Feb. 1. Northampton clinched the playoffs by beating Parkland 42-35 as Sterner scored 17 points and Brink 12 with Csencsits adding eight.
But, against Nazareth in a makeup game last Saturday it was the Blue Eagles who came out on top to finish with the LVC North Divisions top record at 11-3. Brink was the lone Kid in double figures with 10 points as Northampton got to the foul line only four times while Nazareth had 18 foul shots.
So, the Kids will wait until next week-but that doesn't mean they'll be idle. There'll be intense practices as the Kids look forward to trying to qualify for the PIAA state tournament.