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Press photo by Linda RothrockShaylyn Waiters and the Kids are looking to stay hot as the season winds down and the playoffs begin. Press photo by Linda RothrockShaylyn Waiters and the Kids are looking to stay hot as the season winds down and the playoffs begin.

Girls continue to pile up the wins

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

By most media accounts, Northampton’s girls’ basketball team has been flying under the radar this season.

The Konkrete Kids have done it in a true businesslike manner considering they arguably are the Lehigh Valley’s version of a Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jet, stealthy and powerfully taking out teams in the process.

Northampton began this week’s play in the final phase of the season with an overall 16-2 mark, notably within reach of a 20-win, regular season with four games to play. The Kids traveled to Whitehall Tuesday (weather permitting) and Nazareth Friday before they close out the regular with games against Parkland and Allentown Central Catholic next week.

Overall, they had won their last 11 games, their last blemish a home loss to Nazareth (59-50) Dec. 21.

The Kids have a healthy ratio of scoring approximately 58 points per game while allowing roughly 38. Earlier the season, the Kids went through a spurt in which they were averaging around 70 points per contest.

“We’re in a good position if we are scoring around 60 and defending in the 40s,” said Kids’ head coach Jeff Jacksits. “We’re just going out there and playing and not really worrying about records.

“The effort has been there for us all season. We also have seen a lot more room for improvement. Usually we have a slump around Christmas, but we came back after a loss in (Owen J. Roberts) tournament and dominated both games in the Salisbury tournament.”

Northampton’s scoring attack isn’t a well-kept secret.

Seton Hall-bound senior Victoria Keenan has paced the Kids the past two years and fellow senior Jenna Rogers is closing in on the 1,000-point career mark. Sophomore Morgan Sterner has been a consistent and effective third offensive outlet.

The Kids also have received steady contributions from senior Gabby Demchak and freshmen Kylie Gilliard and Taylor Kranzley have been pleasant surprises who both have provided timely depth.

It all has fit into a tightly shiny package for them.

“They all have done what is necessary,” added Jacksits. “The freshmen and sophomores have really blended well together. We are really one big happy family without any issues.”

Yet, Jacksits understands there isn’t an easy road ahead in the final two weeks of the season and the upcoming East Penn Conference (EPC) playoffs. For their sake, the Kids don’t have any nicks, bumps, breaks, or anxiety to worry about.

“The EPC playoffs can be just as hard or harder than districts,” he said. “We haven’t had any real problems and we are healthy. One of JV players tore her ACL.

“We just need to keep getting better and better. We want to ride in on high note to the postseason and we are in control to do it.”