Girls move on to states
After a two-year hiatus, the Northampton girls basketball team is back in the PIAA Class 4A state playoffs.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' squad captured District 11's No. 3 spot last Friday with a 53-44 victory over Pleasant Valley at Stroudsburg. The Konkrete Kids, who own a 14-12 record, will take on District 2 champion Wallenpaupack at 7 p.m. Friday at North Pocono High School.
Northampton, playing in the state tournament for the fifth time in seven years, takes on a team which beat Wyoming Valley West for the District 2 title.
"We should have a size advantage," said Jacksits. "Hopefully the Buckhorns will start with a zone defense like they have been doing in the past. That should play into our hands with three-point shooters like Sterner (Leandra), Csencsits (Kayla), and Reppert (Ali) that should help us.
"And we'll also have Filipovits (Erica) and Blount (Aja) to handle the boards."
Northampton last got to the state tournament in 2010 and 2011 when the Kids won back-to-back district titles. The Kids also got to states in 2008 and 2009 when they finished second in District 11.
In Friday's win over Pleasant Valley, it took "a team effort," said Jacksits.
Blount led the way with 19 points - 10 in the third quarter when Northampton outscored the Bears 19-9 to take a 39-30 lead. Sterner finished with 16 points after scoring six in the first half and also after sitting out the final three-and-a-half minutes of the half with three fouls.
When Sterner was on the bench, Pleasant Valley ran off eight-straight points for a 21-20 lead.
But, Csencsits, who finished with eight points, hit on a pair of three-pointers to back Blount's 10 points in that crucial third period.
Filipovits also finished with eight points, scoring six in the second half. Reppert, Zeniyah Sanders, Amber Farnholtz and Autumn Klucsarits did a great job off the bench.