Girls beat Lincoln Leadership
Catasauqua began their season nearly to its desired perfection.
Still, it was a strong positive note.
The Roughies split a pair of games in the Tamaqua Lady Blue Raiders Tip-Off Tournament Dec. 8-9. They lost to host Tamaqua, 39-18, in the championship final.
But Catty began the tournament with an impressive 48-36, comeback victory over Lincoln Leadership.
“Overall, we were very pleased,” said head coach Ed Seidick of his team’s effort and performance. “Our goal is to get better every day.
“In the opening game, we had a tremendous effort and our kids responded. We came at them and just wore them down. We were much more aggressive. Our kids were in better shape than they were.”
Against Lincoln Leadership, Kenzie Bradley paced a balanced attack with a team-high 15 points. Bethanie DeLucia added 12 and Tyra Brown chipped in with 10.
Catasauqua outscored Lincoln Leadership, 27-6 in the second half after they trailed 30-21 at halftime.
“Kenzie (Bradley) played very well,” added Seidick about Bradley who likely will play the majority of her time down low this season. “She is a very good ballplayer and a tough kid. She made probably the greatest block that I have seen in high school basketball when she raced down the court and swatted a shot away.
“Anytime we can get a combined 32 or more points from Tyra Brown, Bethanie DeLucia, Allanah George, and Taylor Richards, we will be in good shape. We came out and smoked them in the second half.”
The following night, the Roughies couldn’t get on track against a veteran Tamaqua team, as they shot 8-for-49 and were out-rebounded, 51-34.
Playing a 2-3 zone, the Roughies trailed 16-11 at halftime. But Tamaqua opened the second half with an 11-2 run and Catty never recovered. The Roughies committed 26 turnovers on the night. Bradley led the team with five points.
“Tamaqua is a very good basketball team,” said Seidick. “They have a good offense and they can make shots at difficult spots in the floor. We were committing too many unforced errors. It just didn’t happen for us.”
The Roughies can get a good barometer on the direction of the season this week when they play Notre Dame, Northwestern, and Southern Lehigh, all considered prime contenders for the Colonial League crown.
“This will be the week of the gauntlet for us,” said Seidick. We play the top three teams in the league. This will give us a good read.
“We’re massively undersized, but I think we can compete. We just want to be there at the end of three quarters, and then the pressure will be on the other teams this week.”