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Girls hoops defeat Whitehall, Liberty

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton scored one more point in the Cement Belt Challenge last Tuesday night, Jan. 23, as the girls varsity basketball team defeated Whitehall by a score of 47-35.

In the second match up this season for the two neighboring rivals, Northampton came out strong and dominated the court in the first half.

Northampton outshot and outscored Whitehall by 20 points by the half, which was a very different tone than the close, back-and-forth contest of their previous matchup.

The dynamic duo of Jenna Rogers and Victoria Keenan continued to tally up the points for the girls with a total of 18 and 15 points scored from the field, respectively. Keenan, who consistently puts up multiple three-pointers per game, did not disappoint with three, three-pointers. Rogers added two threes against Whitehall.

Also contributing to the highlights from Northampton game where Morgan Sterner with five points scored and Janessa Meixner with four. Northampton’s Jade Rindock contributed three points to the total and Lauren Yeaw joined the scoring totals with two points of our own.

Northampton head coach Jeff Jacksits remains pleased with the progress of the team and cautiously looks forward to league and district playoffs.

“Early on, we set our goals to try to quality for league and district playoffs,” explained Jacksits, “but in this league, qualifying for league playoffs can be more difficult than qualifying for districts.

“There are some tough teams to get by in this league so we stress taking care of business and not looking too long term.”

The girls got by a struggling Liberty team on the road last Friday, 59-45. The Kids led 31-19 at half and extended that lead to 49-29 at the end of the third.

Keenan led the way with 20 points including two threes. Rogers added 16 and Sterner had 10 in the win.

Northampton will continue to face a tough EPC schedule in the near future with pending matchups against Nazareth and Emmaus in the next two weeks.