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Morgan Sterner will be a key returning player for the Kids next season. Morgan Sterner will be a key returning player for the Kids next season.

Girls program feeling good during summer season

Friday, July 12, 2019 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball program continues to prepare for the 2019-20 winter season and so far they have seen success along the way.

The varsity, JV and freshman teams all took part in the Parkland Summer League, which ended a couple of weeks ago.

Despite some key losses from last year’s team, the varsity squad went 9-1 during the season while the JV team was an unbeaten, 10-0. The freshmen team went 5-5.

“All in all we had a good summer considering many of the girls are involved in other sports and didn’t make all of our games,” said varsity head coach Jeff Jacksits. “I really liked the Parkland League setup. Freshman played at 6 p.m., JV at 7 p.m., and varsity at 8 p.m. This allowed us to have players play at two levels in one evening.”

Jacksits said Morgan Sterner and Kylie Gilliard did a great job leading the varsity team and added that they also played extremely well during the summer season on top of their leadership skills.

Shaylynn Waiters, Devon Demchak, Julia Mertz, Rose Hower, Brianna Tyler and Taylor Kranzley all did a great job filling their roles, Jacksits said. He added that two incoming freshman who showed outstanding potential this summer were Grace Lesko and Nicole Yellen.

The girls will be playing in the July 26-28 A’town Throwdown tournament at Percy Ruhe Park, which will mark the end of the summer season.

But at least up this point, there are a lot of positives building toward the winter.

“The coaching staff has been very pleased with the overall effort and teamwork the girls have shown,” Jacksits said. “We are looking forward to another great year and the challenge of defending our district title.”