K-Kids looking to keep up momentum
Northampton took a major step with a recent win, but the Konkrete Kids know there are plenty of other hurdles ahead.
The Kids traveled to Parkland Jan. 3 and they knocked off the Trojans, 71-64, to raise their overall record to 6-3 and 2-3 in the East Penn Conference.
It not only was a timely win, but it also was an emotional one over a longtime staple of the league.
Cory Weisenberger had a game-high 25 points, Aidan Elwood had 23, and Mike Torres added 10 for the Kids, who could have had a larger margin of victory if not for their 24-for-34 shooting from the foul line.
“We played very, very well,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “It was nice to have three guys in double figures and it was out third straight win.
“They lost some people from last year, but they are still a very good team. We had the lead the entire night and it we shot better from the line, we could have extended it further.”
Stampone was disappointed the game scheduled against Allen two days later was postpone due to a recent snowstorm, which also dampened the Kids’ practice time.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to keep it going,” he said. “You want to play and keep the momentum. We also couldn’t get practices in.
“But we talked about adversity and how to handle it. Good teams can do that and that’s what we have to do. We have a busy two weeks coming up.”
The Kids began this week with a game at Whitehall and then had a home game against Stroudsburg Friday. They then have a quick turnaround with an afternoon game at Catasauqua, which is off to a great start.
The following week, the Kids will have a four-game week.
“The kids love it, but the coaches don’t,” said Stampone. “I like to get into the gym, but we won’t have a lot of time the next two weeks.
“Catty is off to a good start, and we have struggled with a Saturday game after a Friday night. We had a similar situation with Lehighton earlier and we played well.”
Stampone is looking to find a third consistent scorer behind Weisenberger and Elwood. Torres and Mike Gula already have emerged as viable candidates.
“We have received good contributions from Torres and Gula, and we’ll find out who it will continue to be,” said Stampone. “We have been getting good balance and we’ll need to keep it.”
With six wins under their belt, the Kids need five more to clinch a district berth. They also are in the running for the league playoffs, which will feature the top eight teams.
Northampton currently is seated 10th in the District 11 Class 6A power rankings.
“The goal right now is to get to 11 wins,” stressed Stampone. “We also are right there in the league playoffs. There is more parody in the league this year. Every team is right in the middle of this, and we have to take care of what we can.”
Stampone sees consistency and defense as being the keys to achieve their goals. The next two weeks will be pivotal to see what direction they will head.
“It really all starts with defense,” he said. “If we play good defense, we can get out and run in the open floor. We’re not the tallest team, so we have to move the ball quickly.
“I like where we are right now, but we still have to take one game at a time.”