Girls get 2nd victory
The S & S girls of Catty High School hoops did a job underneath in a 40-34 Colonial League win over Northern Lehigh on Dec. 20.
Catty has now won a nonleague and a league game so far this season. Senior center Samantha Schnabel paced all scorers with 12 points. Strong forward sophomore Shiloh Sziy scored 10 points to help lead the way.
Junior Janae Matos was the third Lady Roughie to score in double digits with 10.
Another key to the game was the Lady Bulldogs coming out in a box and one style defense, playing Buczynski really tightly on defense. As a result, it really limited Buczynski's offensive output.
Where Katie did contribute was her great passes to the other girls - as she really sees the court.
But, the Rough Riders benefited from a very balanced attack with three girls finishing in double figures.
"It was a good win for Catty," said Matos. "They played tough defense on us. I felt like we had to step up our game to take some pressure off Katie."
"Coming off an 0-23 season, this is a great win for our team," Buczynski said. "Having two wins now will help us gain confidence as a team."
Senior point guard Olivia Falko hit for four points as did Katie Buczynski a junior. Catasauqua's Amarys Moten and Abigail Preletz did not score.
Northern Lehigh is winless at 0-6. Junior Shannon Weil scored 11 in the loss. Sophomore Jessica Olewine accounted for ten points. Olewine hit two three-pointers from downtown Slatington. Kelsey Follweiler scored seven points.
The only Dawg with height, 5-11 Emily Bevans, scored a bucket. Autumn Stauffer and Anneliese Tarafas both scored two points.
Bangor did have a size advantage over Catty, especially with senior 6-1 post player Morgan McCollian leading the way with 16 points in a 64-26 win over the Roughs.
Bangor just moved the ball very well and the Slaters quickness created some mismatches that they were able to take advantage of. The daughter of head coach Bill Bisci, Brianna Bisci, hit from downtown for two treys and 10 points. Bangor remained undefeated at 4-0. Catty fell to 1-3.
With Olivia Falko missing the game, Coach Werkheiser decided to move Katie Buczynski to point guard thus limiting her offensive output to eight points.
"Shiloh Sziy (7 points) continues to gain confidence and is becoming quite a presence in the low post position," Werkheiser said.
Catty trailed 30-9 at halftime.
Senior Samantha Schnabel scored four points. Amarys Moten hit for three. Janae Matos and Selena Reiss both added two points.
All of the girls saw time on the court. Sarah Suydam, Abigail Preletz and Selena Contreras did not score.
Eighteen girls played for the Lady Slaters, the defending North Champions. Maliah Livingstone and Taylor Domenech starter (2 treys) both had six points. Jasmine Vass, Cassisy McNew both hit for four points. Meredith Colton (starter) and Taylor Smith scored three points.