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Girls win Throwdown

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball team had a very productive summer season, and the hope is that translates into even more success this winter.

The girls went 8-3 in the Central Catholic League, were 7-0 in at a University of North Carolina camp, and, most recently, won the A-town Throwdown last week at Alton Park when they knocked of Bethlehem Catholic in the finals, 38-29.

“It was a good summer record-wise,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits.

While wins and losses don’t always mean everything in the summer, Jacksits has also liked the way the team has looked and played.

“The staff was really encouraged by the unselfish play we demonstrated throughout the entire summer and hopefully we can carry this positive momentum into next season,” said Jacksits.

Jacksits said Jenna Rogers and Victoria Keenan have continued to play well this summer season, picking right up where they left off last winter. The team also counted on some younger players to get experience now.

“Jenna and Victoria played their usual, outstanding basketball,” said Jacksits, who also pointed to Morgan Sterner, who he said turned her game up another notch and really started to gel with the rest of the team.

Also playing well were Lindsey Nemeth, Mel Hochman, Kylie Gilliard, Alexia Barowski, Taylor Sommer and Taylor Kranzley.

“The biggest and most pleasant surprise was the play of our younger players,” said Jacksits. “We even brought up a few eighth graders to fill in and they did a nice job. This was a good sign for our program and its future.”

So if Jacksits and the coaching staff can continue to get a nice mix of older and younger players to gel, it should be a fun winter when the team takes to the hardwood.

“I believe that if we get good senior leadership from Jenna, Victoria, Gabby Demchak and Grace Tepes, and we are able to get the younger players to mesh with our seniors, we could have a very good upcoming season,” Jacksits said.