Buczynski, girls look for more wins
For Katie Buczynski, it has been a bittersweet season.
The Catasauqua junior forward recently helped her team snap a 29-game losing streak and then soon followed it with a victory over Northern Lehigh. It marked the first time Catty won as many as two games in a season since the 2008-09 campaign.
Yet, Buczynski, who has been the team's leading scorer and rebounder, isn't totally satisfied with her team's 2-6 start.
"It can be extremely frustrating at times," stated Buczynski in reference to the overall season. "But we have to keep working. I want to keep working for the team and for the coach.
"This is a new and different team than it has been in recent years. It is great to get the two wins after we kept losing every game. We have been more competitive in every game." After they defeated Northern Lehigh, Catty's momentous ride came to a screeching halt when they suffered a 48-14 loss to Fleetwood and a 63-23 collapse to host Hamburg in their holiday tournament.
"It was rough," said Buczynski of her team's performance in the holiday tournament. "We played extremely sloppy and had too many turnovers. We came in off the win and thought we would play well.
"We just have to be consistent." Head coach Chad Werkheiser has seen continuing progress in the program and has also seen maturation and leadership develop from his reliable player.
"Katie (Buczynski) has been a big part of the program since she began," said Werkheiser. "We knew she would be special player when we saw her in junior high. She is very aggressive and has been a leader for us. "She has so many good qualities as a person and has grown as a player each year on the floor." Despite being the usual visiting team's focal point of attention, Buczynski has adapted well in her role.
"I feel tons of pressure on me, but I have learned to deal with it," she said. "Against Northern Lehigh, they put a box-and-one on me. They wanted my teammates to score and they did to win the game. "It took a lot of pressure off me and gave my teammates a boost. We have the ability to do good things. We all just have to be confident." As for her future, Buczynski has wrestled with the thoughts of playing college basketball, but she has appeared more focused on pursuing a nursing career.
"I have been looking at colleges and talking with a few coaches," she stated. "But I'm not sure if I want to play in college. Playing sports there is a job. My main focus is to study nursing and work on my grades." As for the present, Buczynski believes her team can be competitive and her overall game can improve.
"I know I should be averaging about 14 points a game, but I'm not there yet," she said. "We know we can pick up some more wins, but we need to work for them." If they can, she and her teammates' season can become more sweet than bitter.