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Press photo by Linda RothrockJenna Rogers is a key, returning player for the girls this season. Press photo by Linda RothrockJenna Rogers is a key, returning player for the girls this season.

Girls aim to be in the hunt

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

The big three is back, and the Konkrete Kids likely will be back in the hunt.

Senior guard Victoria Keenan, who broke the 1,000-point career barrier last season, again will be joined by fellow senior post player Jenna Rogers and sophomore guard/forward Morgan Sterner to lead the Kids this winter.

Northampton finished with an overall 15-9 mark last season, their season ending with a loss to Freedom in the Class 6A quarterfinal.

“They are a good nucleus,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits of his trio. “They are as good as any three in the league. Sterner played a lot as a freshman, and Keenan and Rogers have been getting it done.

“They all are ready to take this team further.”

Jacksits was pleased with his team’s progress during the summer. The Kids won their bracket of the A-town Throwdown Tournament, the first time they had won a summer tournament in nearly 10 years.

Keenan was named the Most Awesome Player of the tournament as she notched 17 points in the final over Bethlehem Catholic and netted 21 in the semifinal win over Nazareth. Rogers was named the Most Awesome Teammate.

However, Keenan likely will miss the first two weeks of the season with a knuckle injury.

Still, the Kids may not miss a beat.

They pushed the ball up and down the court during the summer.

“These girls like to get it out on the open court,” noted Jacksits. “They run extremely well. I had to slow them down so we could run some of our half-court offense. They move the ball well and have a strong court sense.”

The Kids also will have some depth to complement their trifecta on a basically young team.

Senior post player Gabby Demcheck is and sophomore 5-11 Lindsay Nemeth will also provide a presence down low.

Jacksits also has been impressed with his younger stable of players, notably freshmen Kylie Gilliard and Taylor Kranzley.

He also had a positive read on his team’s early showing in scrimmages against East Stroudsburg South and Southern Lehigh.

“We did pretty well,” he said. “We won four of six quarters against Southern Lehigh and they’re pretty loaded. We’re happy with what we have seen so far, and we feel good about going into the season.”

The Kids will get a test when they open Friday against Cheltenham in the Owen J. Roberts tournament, one they have won the past two seasons.