The Northampton girls basketball team doesn’t have any hardware to show for their 2016-17 campaign, but it can still be considered a very successful season for the program.
The girls made the league, district and state playoffs, and when all was said and done, they advanced farther than any other area 6A team in the Lehigh Valley.
While the regular season saw some inconsistencies, the Kids really seemed to hit their stride in the district consolation game.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.
A one-point loss in the state quarterfinals didn’t seem like a fitting, or fair, way for Northampton senior Aja Blount to end her career as a Konkrete Kid.
A 56-55 loss to Boyertown last Saturday ended the Kids impressive and perhaps unexpected run in states. In that game it was, perhaps, fitting Blount scored 28 points and added 12 rebounds in what turned out to be her curtain call wearing the orange and black.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.
Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.
The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.
History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.
A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.
Last Friday in the opening round of the East Penn Conference girls tournament, Northampton dug a hole it wasn’t quite able to get out of, despite an impressive second half effort against Nazareth.
The girls trailed 12-8 after one quarter, 20-8 at one point in the second, and then 24-15 at the half. They cut the deficit to six after three quarters before eventually falling 44-42 to the Eagles — a team they were facing for a third time this season and could very well see again.
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.
The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.
In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a site and time to be determined.
After two disappointing losses at the end of January to Bethlehem Catholic and Minersville, Jeff Jacksits and the Northampton girls basketball team were determined to turn things around.
The goal was to finish the season winning their final six games. While that won’t happen, the team enters their final contest of the season on Feb. 8 (past Press deadlines) with a 4-1 mark in this span. The team will play Parkland before opening the EPC playoffs on Friday, Feb. 10..