Girls look to get back on track for 2017-18 season
Through their first seven games, the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team appeared to be on track to the destination of the district playoffs. The Roughies were coming off a 9-13 season, one in which they matured and developed toward the next step.
They had a 3-4 record before they played a struggling Palisades team and looked to even their season mark at .500. However, the Roughies came out flat and suffered a 28-18 defeat. From there, they also lost starter Ghia Moore, who left the program to transfer to another school.
It proved to be the point in the season where their upward direction suddenly turned into a downward spiral.
The Roughies never recovered as injuries, illnesses, and other issues permanently sidetracked them, as they lost 13 of their last 14 games — the last nine straight — and sank to an overall 4-18 record.
“We were really struggling,” said head coach Ed Seidick. “We were really hurt with the loss of Ghia (Moore) and we had some other issues that affected the team. We also got hit with injuries and illnesses at the wrong time. At the beginning of the season, we played the three best teams in the (Colonial) league and couldn’t pick up a win. With a win or two, we easily could have been 6-1 or 7-1.
“We didn’t win the games we should have been able to win, and that hurts us. We had a good shot against Palmerton and Wilson and we didn’t win those. We beat Northern Lehigh and we should have beaten Palisades.
“We then had some girls go down with injuries and it came apart for us. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort. We soon knew it wasn’t going to be a good year for us.”
Seidick was pleased with the selection of senior Jackie Garner and Jade Biviano to the Via All-Star Game. Junior Kenzie Bradley was an Honorable Mention selection to the Colonial League All-Star team.
Along with Bradley, Bethany Delucia, Taylor Roberts, Madison Emery, Tyra Brown, and Allanah George, and Hannah Greenberg will be back in the mix. Seidick also praised Mark Seremlua for guiding the JV team this winter.
Seidick will look to get back on track during the spring.
“We have a good core coming back and we also have five, eighth graders who could make a difference next year,” said Seidick. “Mark Seremula did a good job with the JV team, and they had a nice season.
“We have a number of girls who are involved in spring sports. But we’ll be ready to get back to work soon.”