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Friday, January 18, 2019

Northampton girls top Whitehall

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by james bunting Special to the Press in Sports

It was almost the perfect storm.

The Northampton girls basketball team battled rust, illness, and a red-hot shooting performance by Whitehall, but the K-Kids hung on for a 52-47 victory on Jan. 9.

Victoria Keenan scored 21 points and Jenna Rogers added 20 to lead Northampton. The two teams combined to make 14 3-pointers in the game, with Keenan sinking five.

Head Coach Jeff Jacksits was unsure of how his team would start the game. The K-Kids had a full week off since their last game, and some of his players were still recovering from illness dating back to the holiday break.

Northampton jumped out to a double-digit first quarter lead, but Whitehall stormed back in the second quarter to take a 29-25 lead at halftime.

“I thought we’d be a little rusty, or at least well-rested anyway,” Jacksits said. “The first half we started out alright, but that second quarter was horrible.”

Northampton opened the second half on a 15-2 run, but Whitehall never went away. The Zephyrs had the ball down three points with under a minute remaining, but failed to get off a tying shot. Rogers put the game away at the free throw line with under ten seconds remaining.

Grace Clary led a balanced Whitehall attack with 14 points. Ariana Hines and Alix Buskirk each added nine.

Five Zephrys made a 3-pointer in the contest. In their previous four Skyline Division contests this season, Whitehall averaged 25.8 points per game.

“Give Whitehall credit, they shot the lights out,” Jacksits said.

The K-Kids will enter a tough stretch on the schedule with back-to-back-to-back road games at Pocono Mountain West, Stroudsburg and Central Catholic. Those teams are a combined 12-4 in the East Penn Conference this season.