Rushatz earning backcourt position
Through the first half of the Catasauqua girls basketball season, coach Ed Seidick searched for a backcourt running mate to pair with senior Makenzie Bradley.
After two strong weeks since the holiday break, freshman Alexis Rushatz has latched on to the role thanks to tenacious defense and an improving 3-point shot.
The Rough Riders dropped an overtime contest to Salisbury on Friday, Jan. 5, but Seidick is pleased with the way his younger players are developing.
Before the varsity game, Catty’s JV squad beat the Falcons by 31 points. Led by Rushatz, many of those JV players are beginning to earn varsity minutes.
“The biggest compliment that I can give her is that she works as hard, if not harder, than everyone else on the floor,” Seidick said. “She’s got this boundless energy.”
Bradley led Catty with 10 points, followed by Rushatz with nine on three 3-pointers.
An Allanah George 3-pointer gave the Rough Riders a 30-28 lead with 1:23 remaining, but two free throws from Salisbury’s Olivia Hoeing sent the game into overtime. The Falcons outscored Catty 8-2 in the extra period.
Salisbury’s Alicia Burkhardt scored a game-high 17 points, followed by Hoeing with 13.
Already one of the best defenders on the floor, Seidick is looking forward to watching Rushatz grow on offense. The 5-foot guard scored 28 points in a JV game over the holiday break.
“We really only had one score-off-the-dribble girl, so Lexi offers us another scoring threat from the outside and she handles the ball very well,” Seidick said.
Catty travels to Northern Lehigh on Friday, Jan 12, followed by a trip to Pen Argyl on Monday, Jan. 15.