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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Sydney Sevrain looks tries to save a ball during a recent game against Southern Lehigh. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Sydney Sevrain looks tries to save a ball during a recent game against Southern Lehigh.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZJess Williamson is among a balanced group of top scorers on this year’s Northwestern girls basketball team. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZJess Williamson is among a balanced group of top scorers on this year’s Northwestern girls basketball team.

Girls have won 9 of last 10

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

After a loss to Southern Lehigh almost two weeks ago, Northwestern girls basketball head coach Chris Deutsch was sure that his players wouldn’t let the loss affect the rest of their season. Since that loss, the Lady Tigers have pulled out a 44-43 win at Notre Dame (Green Pond) and downed Bangor 58-41 Tuesday night to give them nine wins in their last 10 games.

A strength of the Tigers (10-2 Colonial, 12-4 overall) this season has been balanced scoring. In their last two wins, Leighanna Lister has scored 20, Abby Chisdak 19, Sydney Sevrain 15, Gabrielle Sevrain 14 and both Emily Sekerak and Jessica Williamson have scored 13.

“I think that’s been a key for us, because we’re not relying on any one girl night after night,” said Deutsch. “Our girls aren’t selfish and I think they all know they’re going to get their shots.”

Northwestern has clinched a spot in districts and is behind only Southern Lehigh (12-0, 14-2) in the West Division of the Colonial League, with just the two pesky losses to the Spartans separating the two teams. The Tigers would be in the Colonial League playoffs as a wild card.

Against Notre Dame (9-3, 11-5), Northwestern fell behind early, but battled back to take a 16-14 halftime lead. The two teams traded baskets over the final 16 minutes with the Tigers pulling out the win.

Lister led Northwestern with 12 points in the win over Bangor and Chisdak finished with 10. Emily Sekerak came off the bench to chip in with nine points for Northwestern.

The role that the bench has played this season has also been a plus for Deutsch, who has a roster with six seniors and two juniors, but is also seeing production from younger players like sophomores Sydney Sevrain and Mackenzie Hess, as well as Sekerak, who is a freshman.

“I like to get some of the young players some time so that when we need them in a key spot or if someone gets into foul trouble, they’ll be prepared,” said Deutsch. “It also helps to keep the other players fresher, because it can be a long season.”

Thursdaythe Northwestern boys and girls basketball teams host rival Northern Lehigh (6-8, 6-11) for the second of two meetings between the teams this season. The girls downed Northern Lehigh 61-41 in the first meeting, while the boys added a 57-53 win over the Bulldogs in the meeting just before Christmas.

“That’s always a big game,” said Deutsch. “There’s a lot of excitement for those meetings and it’s nice to play it as a double-header.”

After Northern Lehigh, the Tigers play three straight road games at Palmerton (7-7, 7-10), Moravian Academy (6-8, 6-9) and Pen Argyl (0-14, 1-15).