The Northampton girls basketball team completed their season sweep over Whitehall with a 59-35 win at Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday. The win was the K-Kids seventh in a row and brought their season record to 15-3.
Northampton blew the game open early with a 14-point run in the middle of the first quarter on the way to a 21-6 lead at the first break. Kylie Gilliard scored 9 of her 13 total points in the period.
The District XI 3A public-school wrestling dual meet championship belt changed hands last Wednesday as Northampton suffered its first loss of the season, 40-17 at Nazareth.
Head coach Seth Lisa’s postmeet commentary is parsed below.
“I thought it started all right,” Lisa said. “Ethan Szerencsits getting a win, Jagger able to get a major on Farber. We were feeling good.”
Szerencsits started the night with a strong 9-3 decision at 138.
At 145, Jagger Condomitti turned in a dominating performance over last year’s state runner-up at 138, 16-5. The Kids led 7-0.
On Friday night, the Northampton boys basketball team faced the top team in the EPC Mountain Division, East Stroudsburg South. The K-Kids held an 8-point lead at halftime, but ultimately fell 56-52.
Northampton was down 7-1 early in the game before scoring 12 points over the last 5 minutes of the first quarter to take a 13-11 lead at the end of the period.
The Kids did most of their damage in the second quarter from the free throw line, converting 8 of 9 attempts on the way to amassing a 30-22 advantage at the intermission.
For those who thought the Northampton girls basketball team might be a year away from competing for another District XI 6A title, it’s time to start referring to the team as the “Defending District XI Champions.”
Despite losing two of the programs all-time greats, Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rogers, to graduation and fielding a team with no seniors, the K-Kids have already punched their ticket to the tournament by virtue of their 11th win of the season in a 44-20 blowout of East Stroudsburg North on Saturday.
The Northampton boys basketball team suffered a devastating loss to Pocono Mountain West on Tuesday night. The previously 4-9 Panthers came South and knocked off the K-Kids 41-40 on a three-pointer with 11 seconds left in the game.
Head Coach Coy Stampone was blunt in his assessment.
“We can’t get down 10 nothing and score only 10 points in the first half and expect to win. We laid an egg in the first half. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we have another game tomorrow.”
On Saturday night, the Northampton wrestling team faced Easton in a regular season dual meet for the first time since 2015. The K-Kids came away with a 45-16 win over the Rovers in their final tune up before the Wednesday night showdown with Nazareth.
Head coach Seth Lisa summed up the match.
“They’re a good team,” he said. “They’re well-coached. Our conditioning looked good. We did a good job in fending off bonus points and we caught some bonus through the middles. I’m proud of the effort.”
The Northampton girls basketball team passed the halfway point of their regular season with a mark of 9-3 following a 56-25 home win over Dieruff on Tuesday.
The K-Kids outscored the Huskies 21-0 over the first five minutes of the game. Head coach Jeff Jacksits called off the press after 3 minutes and gave heavy minutes to his bench in order to keep the score down.
Northampton led 25-4 after the first quarter, 34-15 at the half, and 51-18 after the third period.
After wrapping up their holiday tournament schedule, the Northampton wrestling team returned to dual meet action last weekend at the Parkland Winter Duals. The K-Kids defeated all five of their foes to push their record to 7-0 on the season.
They opened with a 83-0 romp over Souderton in which there were 10 pins, 3 forfeits, and 1 tech fall.
The Konkrete Kids boys basketball team was riding a 5-game winning streak when Freedom came to town on Saturday for an EPC tilt between the two 2-loss teams. In a game that featured a number of lopsided runs, the Patriots came away with a 74-68 win.
A combination of 6 Northampton turnovers and 13-of-17 shooting by Freedom staked the Patriots to a 29-12 lead with less than nine minutes elapsed in the game.
The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams renewed their Cement Belt Challenge rivalry at Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The K-Kids came away with a 55-38 win in the first EPC game of the season for both schools.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, Northampton with turnovers and the Zephyrs with getting the ball through the hoop. After a back-and-forth 8 minutes, Whitehall led 11-9.