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Press photo by Linda RothrockVictoria Keenan and the girls basketball team are off to a hot start. Press photo by Linda RothrockVictoria Keenan and the girls basketball team are off to a hot start.

Girls unbeaten in EPC

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball team has been shooting to win this season. At almost the halfway part of the year, the girls are sitting with a 7-1 overall record, and a 4-0 EPC mark in a season that has been highlighted with triumphant battle stories.

Perhaps no story was more noteworthy this season than the nail-bitter, overtime win over Nazareth Dec. 22. The Northampton–Nazareth game seemed to exemplify the type of season it has been so far for the girls as it was another chance for the team to dig deep and show their strength as a team. In the battle at home, Northampton came out strong and had Nazareth down by eight points at the half. The Eagles fought back, however, and at the end of regulation the score was tied 36-36. NHS stayed strong and claimed the win in overtime by a score of 41-40.

The Kids continue to be undefeated in the EPC, but would see an end to their winning streak overall with a loss to Bishop Carroll in State College on Dec. 27.

Throughout this season, two names have been seen again and again in the scoring totals for Kids. Northampton’s overall top scorer this season so far is Jenna Rodgers. Rodgers has proven to be a strong asset for Northampton with a total of 147 points to date this season including 65 field goals made. What’s more, Rodger’s has played a critical role in some of the team’s key wins this season with contributions like 21 points versus Emmaus and 18 points versus Central, both in mid-December.

Victoria Keenan has been another frequent point generator this season. Keenen was the high scorer in the Northampton–Nazareth game with a 22 points. Overall, Keenan has accumulated 116 total points including 43 field goals.

Looking forward, the girls welcome Parkland for a home game Wednesday evening, after Press deadlines, Jan. 3 and will travel to Allen on Jan. 5.