Girls want more than moral wins
Ed Seidick understands that reaching the next phase in the Catasauqua girls' basketball program won't be an overnight task.
But he won't be satisfied with a series of moral victories either. Yet, he will deal with the reality of the situation of developing a new environment for the program that hasn't surpassed the double-digit win mark in quite some time.
"I want to go out and win every game," said Seidick, who took over a two-win team from last year. "We need to keep that in mind during every game. We don't want to have a defeating attitude and not to accept failure. I want us to go into every game fighting as much as we can. I won't accept anything less.
"We really want to change the culture here and develop a new one. The girls want to get there and they know what they have to do.
"These girls really seem to enjoy each other's company and we have a good chemistry. We also had to make cuts for the first time in awhile, and we are good with our overall numbers."
The Roughies opened the season last Friday night and they couldn't get on track in a 60-13 loss to Mahanoy Area, who jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter and took control from there.
Seniors Shiloh Sziy and Amarys Moten, who both have played instrumental roles over the past few years, are expected to set the pace. Freshman Mackenzie Bradley has received the call at point guard.
"Shiloh (Sziy) and Amarys (Moten) have been leaders for us and have done a nice job," said Seidick. "Mackenize had a great summer and she has looked really good on the court for us. (Bradley) has really looked like a veteran and she has a good court sense. But she will learn and grow as the season goes along."
Seidick also expects junior Kelly Sobrinski, sophomores Jade Biviano and Jackie Bradley, and freshman Jackie Garner to log plenty of minutes.
"Sobrinski and Bradley saw some time last year," said Seidick. "Biviano played some last year, but she looks like she can give us some important minutes. Garner had a good summer and she will help."
Seidick also is pleased the program will field a JV team this winter among the 18 girls in the program.
"We have about six or seven girls who strictly played JV, and another group that will strictly play varsity," he said. "It's good and important to us to have a JV program. This will be another avenue for us to develop.
"There are some schools around our size which don't have JV programs."
Seidick will look to further improvement when they hosted Bangor Tuesday and then will travel to Salisbury Friday.
"We just need to keep working," he said. "We want to continue to be able to create a good environment here."