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Catty girls get first Colonial victory

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by James bunting Special to the Press in Sports

After opening the season with arguably the area’s toughest schedule, the Catasauqua girls basketball team found the win column against Saucon Valley on Monday, Dec. 18.

The Rough Riders defeated the Panthers 29-27 behind 12 points from senior guard Kenzie Bradley and a strong defensive effort.

Saucon Valley led 8-3 after the first quarter, 13-8 at halftime, and 20-15 after the third quarter, but Catty ended the game on a 14-7 run to pick up its second win of the season.

Head coach Ed Seidick was proud of the way his team bounced back after a tough stretch to open the campaign. The Rough Riders suffered double-digit losses to Notre Dame-Green Pond, Northwestern, and Southern Lehigh. Those three teams combined to go 46-7 in the Colonial League last year.

“What we always talk about is ‘give yourself a chance to win in the fourth quarter,’” Seidick said. “So as poorly as we were shooting, we were playing that good on the defensive end.”

The Rough Riders shot 3-for-21 from the field in the first half, but stayed in the game with aggressive defense.

“Even though they were much bigger and taller, we were able to fight and scrap and get a lot of loose balls today,” Seidick said.

Catty held a 3-2 lead to open the game, but didn’t regain that lead until senior Tyra Brown hit a three-pointer with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter. Bradley knocked down a free throw with 10.9 seconds left to widen the margin to 29-27, and the Panthers failed to get a shot off in their last two possessions.

Junior forward Allanah George scored eight points for the Rough Riders, and Alexis Rushatz, Bethanie DeLucia and Brown each chipped in three.

Helen Kreschollek led Saucon Valley with seven points, and Katelyn Kramer finished with six.