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Slow second half ends year for Kids

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by James bunting Special to the Press in Sports

Nothing really changed.

The shot selection remained consistent. The defensive intensity never faltered. The orange-and-black faithful in the stands remained loud.

The only difference between the first and second halves of Northampton’s PIAA state playoff opener is simple: Shots that went in during the first half refused to find the net in the second half.

The K-Kids’ spirited 2017-18 season came to a close against St. Joe’s Prep from the Philadelphia Catholic League on Saturday, March 10 at Pleasant Valley High School.

Northampton led 41-32 at halftime behind Aidan Ellwood’s 26-point first half, which featured six made 3-pointers. A relentless St. Joe’s Prep defense held the K-Kids to six field goals in the second half as the Hawks pulled away for a 62-57 victory.

In the District XI championship game against East Stroudsburg South, Northampton failed to score in the game’s first five minutes. Ellwood made sure the K-Kids didn’t get off to another slow start.

The Kutztown University commit scored ten of Northampton’s 15 points in the opening quarter before exploding for another 16 in the second quarter.

St. Joe’s Prep, the No. 3 seed from Philadelphia’s District 12, turned up the defense in the second half. Ellwood was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and the Hawks’ Trevor Wall scored eight of his 22 points in the final frame.

A Michael Torres layup gave the K-Kids their last lead of the game at 56-55 lead with three minutes remaining. Wall answered with a 3-pointer and two free throws from Gabe Arizin put the contest out of reach.

Northampton’s Cory Weisenberger finished with 14 points and Spencer Cole chipped in seven. The K-Kids finished the season with a record of 18-9 and appeared in the District XI championship for the first time in 45 years.

Wall led a quartet of Hawks that reached double-figures. Kyle Thompson scored 14 points, Ed Croswell added 13, and Darius Kinnel poured in 10. Croswell is a 6-foot-7 forward that is committed to play at La Salle University next season.

The two teams combined for 19 made 3-pointers.