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Press photo by Linda RothrockVictoria Keenan, shown here vs. Parkland, reached 1,000 points against Stroudsburg this past weekend. Press photo by Linda RothrockVictoria Keenan, shown here vs. Parkland, reached 1,000 points against Stroudsburg this past weekend.

Girls beat PMW; Keenan hits 1,000

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball team claimed a close victory over Pocono Mountain West High School in an away game on Thursday night, Jan. 11.

Northampton started the game strong, doubling Pocono West’s baskets in the first quarter. By the half, Northampton had claimed a 26-14 lead and saw more of the same in the third.

Pocono West eventually found its shot in the fourth, scoring almost half of their 43 total points in the last quarter, but it was too little, too late in the end and Northampton would claim its 10th overall victory of the season by a score of 49-43.

The duo of Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rodgers led the scoring totals again for Northampton during the Pocono West game. Rodgers put up a total of 22 points as she led the drive to victory for the Kids. Not far behind, Keenan tallied 18 points including two three-pointers. Also adding to the Northampton total were Janessa Meixner and Morgan Sterner with four and two points from the field respectively. Rounding out the scoring totals was a nice three-pointer sunk by Northampton’s Drew Filchner.

Head coach Jeff Jacksits appreciates the drama of the close finishes but also talked about the benefit of games that offer a little leeway in terms of score.

“If the games go your way”, Jacksits explained, “you can try things you normally wouldn’t do; try things and see what works, then tweak it as you go.”

Jacksits commented that the team will “try to do that if we can” but also went on to explain that the end goal is to “get a lead and hold on to it”.

This seems to be a philosophy that works well for Northampton as the team prepared to travel to Stroudsburg High School on Friday, Jan. 12, for yet another away contest.

Friday’s game at Stroudsburg HS would end in a loss for Kids, only the team’s third loss of the season, but despite the defeat the team had something to celebrate.

During the away game, junior guard Victoria Keenan would surpass a career total of 1,000 points scored, making the game a bittersweet contest for the team.

Last week’s play gives Northampton a 6-2 record in the East Penn Conference Skyline Division with a 10-3 overall record, but Jacksits is not looking too far ahead in his schedule.

“We really haven’t talked a lot about long term goals,” explained Jacksits. “We are taking it game by game and just trying to get the win.

“In this league you can’t really look too far ahead.”

In the near future, Northampton will welcome Bethlehem Catholic for a home game on Friday, Jan. 19, for a 7 p.m tipoff. The Hawks, who were upset by Freedom last Friday are among the top teams in the EPC and are coming off a state title from a year ago.