Catty falls to NDGP
Before the season, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder had his team sights to returning to a district semifinal game, the site where they dropped a 91-46 decision to Valley Forge Military Academy.
This time around, the Roughies faced Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t any different.
Catty couldn’t find its rhythm all night as they dropped a 65-44 decision to the Crusaders, ending their season with an overall 15-10 record.
The Roughies held a 21-16 lead at the half, but the Crusaders opened up the game in the third quarter when they outscored them, 23-9. It would be the start of an overall bad half for the Roughies in which they were outscored, 49-23.
Most of the damage in the second half was done by Notre Dame’s Jaden Cunningham and Chris Omick, who combined for 31 of their 49 points.
“We had a good first half,” said Snyder. “But they (Notre Dame) come out with an 11-2 run at the start of the third quarter, and we never really could answer back. Cunningham and Omick were hard to stop.
“They were on fire and they out-rebounded us on the boards.”
The Roughies nearly completely reversed their 9-15 mark from a year ago, and they also developed depth throughout the season.
Isaiah Graves broke the 1,000-point career barrier and finished as the school’s second leading all-time scorer behind the legendary Larry Miller. Graves will be one of seven seniors leaving the program.
The Roughies did get back to the league playoffs and reeled off a seven-game winning streak during the year.
“Overall, I thought the season went well,” added Snyder. “They were a great group of kids. They were there all the time and worked hard. We didn’t have any issues and they really helped each other throughout the year.”
Snyder cited seniors Shane Dolan and Seth Chase, both of whom didn’t get a lot of playing time, but they were still valuable members of the program.
“Both of them were the ultimate teammates,” said Snyder about the duo. “They both are two great kids. They did a great job on the scout teams in practice and you couldn’t ask for anything more from both of them.”
The Roughies will return second-leading scorer Jaylen Green along with Robert Oppidasano, Andrew Martinez, and Derek Troxell, all of whom saw plenty of playing time this season.
“We were able to develop some depth,” said Snyder. “We have a good core coming back and we should be in good shape.”