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Press photo by Linda RothrockJenna Rogers battles for the ball during the Becahi game last week. Press photo by Linda RothrockJenna Rogers battles for the ball during the Becahi game last week.

Girls top Allen after recent loses

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton varsity girls basketball team bested William Allen High School on Monday night with a 63-47 win.

Northampton dominated the scoring through the first half of play with a quick 19 points in the first quarter and a lead of 36-18 by the half.

Head Coach Jeff Jacksits’ team had been looking forward to taking the court against Allen since Jan. 5 when inclement weather forced the game to be postponed.

“We like playing over there [at William Allen],” said Jacksits. “It’s a big court and some of our players really like to run, which is great as long as we make sure we can get back.” Getting back or playing strong defense looked like it could become an issue in Monday’s game when Allen returned after the intermission to rally for 17 points vs. Northampton’s 14 but the Kids matched Allen almost point for point in the fourth to come up with the win in the end.

This win breaks a streak of recent losses to Stroudsburg, Bethlehem Catholic and Minersville during a two-week stretch plagued by canceled games and an inconsistent practice schedule due to winter weather. With this win, Northampton moves to a 11-5 overall record (7-3 league record).

Northampton’s Jenna Rodgers was the high scorer against William Allen with 25 points; the second most points in a game in Rogers’ entire high school career. A close second in terms of points scored was Victoria Keenan with 21. Rogers and Keenan both had their share of three-point baskets with a total of three and five respectively. Northampton’s Jade Rindock also joined the scoring totals by sinking a three-point shot and Janessa Meixner and Morgan Sterner scored eight and six points respectively from the field.

Looking at the Allen team and the competition they present, Jacksits spoke with a mix of respect for the competing team and pride in Northampton’s abilities.

“Allen has a good squad,” commented Jacksits, “On any night, if you’re not hitting your shots it can be tough against them but if we knock down some shots we can be pretty good, and so far we’re feeling pretty confident.”

Jacksits and team aim to continue that confidence in an early week matchup against Whitehall.