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Girls fall to Owen J. Roberts

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

Northampton head girls’ basketball coach Jeff Jacksits could appreciate some of the physical play from host Owen J. Roberts in their tournament last weekend.

The Konkrete Kids knocked off Cheltenham, 55-29, in the opener, and then suffered a 46-38 defeat to Owen J. Roberts in the championship game.

Jacksits expects to see more of the same when the Kids open East Penn Conference play this week.

“We’ll see that from Central Catholic, Nazareth and Parkland and others,” said Jacksits. “They like to push and shove.

“It took us a while against (Owen J. Roberts) because of their physical play. Some of shots weren’t falling. They also were double-teaming Jenna (Rogers) and took her away. We had open shots, but I wasn’t happy with our first-half defense.”

Against Owen J. Roberts, Morgan Sterner led the Kids with 19 points. In the opener, Rogers had a team-high 23 and newcomer Taylor Kranzley added 12.

“Morgan (Sterner) also had a nice tournament for us. She is our best defender and she made the girls work out there.

“Taylor (Kranzley) played well for us,” added Jacksits. “She did a nice job at the point and handled the ball well. She has been a nice surprise for us so far.”

Jacksits is confident that returning leading scorer and senior point guard Victoria Keenan will rejoin the lineup this week after missing the last two weeks with a knuckle injury. He believed Keenan would be cleared to play Tuesday and could back in action Friday against Emmaus.

The Kids began the week with Whitehall Tuesday and then would finish against Pocono Mountain East Saturday.

“Hopefully, Victoria will be cleared to play,” said Jacksits. “If she is, she will want to play Tuesday, maybe in the second half. She should play against Emmaus.”

Overall, Jacksits saw the weekend play as a positive.

“Maybe this was a good thing,” said Jacksits. “We had a lot of young players and they’re learning. We only lost by eight to a good team like Owen J. Roberts. We’ll get a better read when we start league play this week.”