Girls fall in quarterfinal
The Northwestern girls basketball team finished off its season Saturday as the Lady Tigers fell to No. 7 seed Tamaqua 58-51 in the District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals at Northern Lehigh High School.
The Raiders’ Emma Kuczynski poured in a game-high 33 points, en route to leading her team to a scintillating 58-51 win over the No. 2 seed Tigers.
“Everything was just flowing for me today,” said Kuczynski. “I just wanted to help our team win. It’s all about the team. We have some great players, and when we are clicking, we feel confident about winning.”
Kuczynski scored 15 of her team’s 24 first-half points.
“She put us on her shoulders in the first half,” said her coach Erika Davis, once a scoring machine in her own right for the Blue Raiders (12-11).
Northwestern players in Leighanna Lister (6-0), Abigail Chisdak (5-8), and frosh Emily Sekerak (5-10). They combined for most of the Tigers’ 35 rebounds, with Lister and Sekerak each hauling down 10.
An early 9-2 lead by Tamaqua helped to fuel its confidence, but Northwestern regrouped around Jessica Williamson and Leighanna Lister to grab a 25-24 lead at halftime.
The Raiders put together a late run in the third quarter to grab a 39-33 lead.
“I thought a real key to the game was at the end of the third quarter where they made a run there and went up (six),” said Northwestern coach Chris Deutsch.
Trailing 43-36, Northwestern fought back as Williamson and Lister scored four points each and the Tigers eventually tied the game at 46-46 with 94 seconds to play.
“We made that run, and I really felt like we were going to overtake them at that time,” said Deutsch. “But they made a couple more plays than we did at the end. ”
Tamaqua built a 54-48 lead with just 49 seconds to play and the Tigers weren’t able to answer.
Tamaqua shot 20-for-48 from the floor. The Tigers were 17-for-55
Tamaqua improved to 12-11 earned a game against Allentown Central Catholic in the semifinals.
Northwestern ends its season at 18-6.
Kane 0-0-0-0, Zuber 1-3-7-5, Hromyak 1-0-0-3, Jones 1-4-6-6, Boyle 2-0-0-4, Titus 2-1-3-5, Frederickson 1-0-0-2, Kuczynski 12-8-12-33. TOTALS: 20-16-29-58.
Lister 5-2-3-12, Chisdak 2-0-0-5, G. Sevrain 3-1-2-7, S. Sevrain 2-2-2-7, Sekarak 2-1-2-5, Williamson 3-8-8-15, Christopher 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 17-14-17-51.
Tamaqua 13 11 15 19 - 58
Northwestern 9 16 8 18 - 51
Three-pointers: T - Hromyak 1, Kuczynski 1; NW - Chisdak 1, S. Sevrain 1, Williamson 1.