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Girls hoops knocks off Whitehall

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity basketball team took the court against Whitehall on Tuesday night, Jan. 9, and came away with a close, 52-47 win.

The win at home is Northampton’s eighth overall victory, adding to its record this season of 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the EPC.

Northampton came out strong on Tuesday night, after several missed practices due to weather and a recent loss to Parkland last Wednesday night, but the team was ready to battle and by the end of the first quarter Northampton had accumulated a small, but confident 18-12 lead.

That tone changed quickly as Whitehall outscored Northampton in the second, netting a total of 17 points in the second quarter. At the half, the score sat at 29-25 with Northampton trailing.

That lead didn’t last long for Whitehall, however, as the Kids came back to score 18 points in the third and clinch the hard-fought, five-point victory over their Cement Belt Challenge rival.

Victoria Keenan was the high scorer for the game, hitting five of her three-point attempts for 21 points. Jenna Rogers added 20 points, including two three-pointers.

Northampton’s head coach Jeff Jacksits is pleased with the performance of his leading scorers but gives credit to his team overall.

“Victoria has shown a lot of maturity this year and Jenna has really stepped up and is shooting the ball well,” explained Jacksits.

But, it’s not only about the top scorers. Jacksits stressed the importance of participation from the entire team.

“I tell the team, ‘you don’t always need to score 16-18 points a night,’” Jacksits said. “For a lot of our girls if they score a few points per game they really add up.”

The team exemplified Jacksits’ words Tuesday night as Keenan’s and Rogers’ high scores were complimented with participation across the team. Gabby Demchak put up four points, Janessa Meixner, Morgan Sterner and Jade Rindock contributed two points each and Emily Weindel added one point to the win.

Looking ahead, Jacksits welcomes the challenge of several upcoming league games.

“We’re coming into a stretch where we have a stretch of games right in a row,” said Jacksits. “We just want to stay competitive as we play some of the top echelon teams in the coming weeks, it’s always a test”.

Those tests continue for Northampton with games against Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic and Allen in the coming weeks. The girls travel to Stroudsburg on Friday evening, Jan. 12, to face the Mounties in a 7 p.m. game.