Girls break losing streak
Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Chad Werkheiser knew it was going to happen soon.
Despite having his team begin the season with a 0-3 start with consecutive double-digit losses, Werkheiser maintained his ever-present positive attitude about the program and knew his club's first win was soon in the offing.
The Roughies quickly responded when they downed Lehighton, 36-29, Monday afternoon to notch their first win and snap a 29-game losing streak. Junior Katie Buczynski paced Catty (1-3) with 12 points and sophomore Shiloh Sziy added 10.
"We knew we were getting better," stated Werkheiser. "We're a better team than we were last year. Lately, we have been more competitive in games and we have been taking care of the basketball better.
"These girls have been working hard and have been getting a better feel for the court."
The Roughies won their first game without starting point guard Olivia Falko, who will miss some games this season due to a commitment to her club soccer team. In her absence, Buczynski and junior Jane Matos have been sharing time at the point.
"Katie (Buczynski) has been doing a fantastic job," said Werkheiser. "She usually plays up front for us, but we thought she could handle the guard spot. (Buczynski) shoots and passes the ball well. She has been our leading scorer and rebounder the past two years.
"Janae (Matos) is a tough player and a real leader out there. She keeps developing her game and getting better."
Werkheiser has also been impressed with Sziy, who has quickly blossomed into a force on both sides of the court in her sophomore year.
"(Sziy) has done a really nice job and she has established herself as a force underneath," said Werkheiser. "She also has been calling out instructions as he is the middle of our 2-3 zone. It is a very integral job and she has handled it well."
Senior Samantha Schnabel, who has eight points against Lehighton, continues to be a contributor in the low post. On the other side of the spectrum sophomores Selena Rice and Amarys Moten along with freshman Sarah Suydam all have been steadily progressing.
"Samantha (Schnabel) has been in the program for the past three years and she is another person who can lead us," said Werkheiser. "Selena (Rice) has been doing some nice things offensively and defensively, and Amarys (Moten) hasn't scored too many points, but she has been mixing it up. She (Moten) is a very athletic kid who will learn the game.
"Sarah (Suydam) is a girls who never played basketball for a team, but she is also very athletic and learning the game at a good pace."
With a renewed dedication and enthusiasm behind his team, Werkheiser is optimistic his club can make some more noise this winter.
"Getting the first win is always huge," he said. "It was a big moment for the girls. Now, they have something to truly build from. We hope this is a springboard for better things to come."