Girls bring back veterans
Coming into last season, Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program was brimming with confidence and promise.
The Roughies returned a veteran core and had momentum from a 9-13 season in which they just missed district play.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go their way.
Catty suffered a series of injuries, illnesses and other issues that derailed their ride and he headed them in the opposite direction. The Roughies ended the year dropping 13 of their last 14 games and finished with an overall 4-18 record.
This season, Catty will bring back five seniors who saw varying degrees of playing time to try and reverse their course from a year ago.
“Our younger players will need to step up for us to win,” said head coach Ed Seidick. “If they do, we can be right there with some of the better teams in the league. If we can push ourselves to the next level, we can surprise some people.”
Senior Kenzie Bradley returns as the team’s leading scorer and she is the team’s tallest player at 5-8. As a result, Bradley could be in a number of spots of the floor.
“We’re going to lean on her heavily offensively,” said Seidick. “Kenzie can play any spot on the floor. If she is our best ballhandler on the floor, she’ll be our point guard. If not, she’ll be in some kind of power forward role.”
Along with Bradley, fellow seniors Bethany DeLucia, Tyra Brown, Madison Emery, and Hannah Greenberg all will figure prominently in the mix.
“Bethany (DeLucia) had a good season and a good summer,” said Seidick. “She is growing into the role of a scorer. Tyra Brown and Madison Emery are great leaders, and Hannah Greenberg should do a good job in the boards for us.”
Seidick also will look to juniors Taylor Richards and Allanah George to be steady contributors.
“Taylor Richard has worked hard and could give us some time at the point,” Seidick said. “Allanah George is looking to get healthy as she was banged up from the summer.”
Freshman Lexi Rushatz should see some significant minutes.
“Lexi handles the ball well,” said Seidick. “She is a great kid and can be a player as well.”
With a small lineup that will grow during the summer, Seidick sees plenty of positives ahead.
“We did a lot of learning during the summer,” he said. “We looked at a number of different things, and we know the effort will be there.
“This group is very tight and they are all good friends. They make practices fun fully knowing that the deck will be stacked against them this season.”
Seidick also is optimistic about a clinic that recently began for elementary and middle school players that has helped raise awareness for the varsity program. He credited assistant coach Mark Seremula and middle school coach Norm Best for their assistance.
“We have had great attendance at it,” said Seidick. “We have some talented players at those levels. We have had a lot of middle school kids and that’s a good sign.”
The Roughies will begin their quest at the Tamaqua tournament against Lincoln Leadership Dec. 8.
“Our girls have a good attitude and work ethic,” said Seidick. “We’ll see what happens.”