Girls eye playoffs
Northampton's girls' basketball team ran their win streak to four with two wins and need one more win to clinch a spot in the District 11 4A tournament.
The Kids faced Parkland on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines due to weather, followed by Nazareth and Stroudsburg this week to close out regular season play and have a 10-9 record overall and 6-6 mark in the Lehigh Valley Conference heading into Tuesday night.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' Kids trounced Allen 54-35 and edged Whitehall 48-47 in LVC games last week.
If the Kids beat Parkland on Tuesday or Nazareth on Friday, they would be at least 7-7 in the league. However, if they would lose both they would have to beat Stroudsburg on Saturday in a makeup game that was postponed Monday because of snow. A win over Stroudsburg in the nonleague game would put Northampton at 11-11 and into the District 11 playoffs for the eighth-straight year.
Senior Leandra Sterner was top scorer Thursday against Allen with 18 points and Kayla Csencsits added 12 with Zeniyah Sanders scoring 10.
Sanders was the hero in the Kids' 48-47 win Friday over Whitehall as she coolly sank two foul shots with only .9 seconds remaining in the game.
"Zeniyah [who also had five blocked shots against Whitehall] has come a long way," said Jacksits. "She's picked up her game offensively and is tough on the boards as well."
Sterner, who now has 320 points, was high again with 17 points while Sanders and Csencsits each had eight.
"Our season has been stressful," said Jacksits. "But we've showed a lot of improvement. It's been a lot of on-the-job training for most of the girls. They're still learning and the improvement shows. They no longer are taking things for granted."