If not for the first half, perhaps the outcome of Northampton’s 51-41 loss to Nazareth in the District XI Class AAAA semifinal would have been different.
“We just didn’t move the ball. We didn’t have the energy we had in the first half against Parkland,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
In fact, the Konkrete Kids’ first basket, by Aja Blount, came with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Victoria Keenan sank two foul shots, but after eight minutes, it was the Blue Eagles who had a 15-4 lead.
Five quick points from Northampton guard, Victoria Keenan, set the Konkrete Kids on a roll, right past Liberty, in the opening round of the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Tournament last Friday when Northampton beat the Hurricanes 66-52 at Liberty High School.
Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits said, “I told them we can’t let them get going, so with our defense, we played shut-them-down. [Kay] West and [Maddie] Capuano score in the upper teens, so we matched Capuano up right away, and Lauren Sterner did a great job containing her.”
Although it was expected that Northampton junior, Aja Blount, would score her 1,000th career point sometime in the very near future, that achievement came unexpectedly on Feb. 5 during the Konkrete Kids’ EPC playoff game against the Liberty Hurricanes at Liberty High School.
“I called my family, but I told them it would be [the next day],” Blount said.
Blount’s mother, Hyun, was present, however, Blount reached 1,000 points on a three-point shot with 3:51 left in the game.
“I’m very proud. She worked hard,” Hyun Blount said.
Northampton High School’s swim team split its meet against Freedom on Monday when the Northampton girls defeated the Patriots 109-70, and the Northampton boys fell to the Patriots 114-67.
Rachael Pursell, Brynne Rockovits, Alyssa Gerstenberg, and Kaitlin Nemes opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 2:04.75.
Pursell, Annalise Christy, and Nicole Somers had a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free, which scored more points than Freedom’s first-place finish in that event.
Northampton High School’s cheerleaders competed at the 2015-2016 PIAA District XI Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 9 at Easton Area Middle School.
“It was more pressure. We’re going against really good teams,” said Northampton senior, Megan Heffelfinger, prior to the awards presentations.
The Konkrete Kids competed against Pocono Mountain West and Nazareth in the large division.
“We just worked on perfecting details. A lot of our girls are sick, though. We’re pretty exhausted,” Heffelfinger said.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team defeated Freedom by a score of 52-33 last Friday night at Freedom High School.
It was a new starting five, perhaps with the exception of Kaitlyn Swint, who took to the basketball court for the Patriots last week.
“Yeah, we noticed,” said Northampton forward, Jade Rindock.
With a 20-5 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Konkrete Kids still had enough to talk about prior to the start of the second.
“Yeah, we thought they would try to close out on V [Victoria Keenan] and Aja [Blount],” Rindock said.
Northampton High School softball players Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley competed on the Lehigh Valley team at the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament this week at FDR Park in Philadelphia, where Lehigh Valley's record is 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament.
Lehigh Valley's run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament ended last Wednesday with a 7-4 loss to Mercer County at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Liberty High School and Lehigh Valley shortstop, Kristin Kaleycik, said, "For the most part, we were keeping up with them. For a couple of innings, we were going back and forth, and then they just started hitting."
Earlier that day, Lehigh Valley defeated Inter-AC 10-3. That game picked up in the second inning after being halted the day before when thunderstorms broke. Lehigh Valley was ahead 4-0 when the game was stopped.
Northampton High School's boys swim team placed 10th out of 16 teams, and scoring 102 points at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships last weekend.
Northampton assistant coach Cullen Mentzel said, "I was happy with all their times. They all dropped times at districts."
Northampton sophomore, Michael Bauer, placed the highest for the Konkrete Kids, coming in fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.18.
"He realized he had the potential to do that, and it paid off last weekend," said Mentzel.
Northampton High School's Jo Perelli earned a spot at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships, scheduled for this Saturday, after placing sixth in the District XI Class AAA Girls Cross Country Championships last Thursday at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
"It felt good. It was a little chaotic at the end, but I felt good afterwards," Perelli said.
Perelli finished the race with a time of 19:41.70.