Lady Tigers fall to Southern Lehigh
Northwestern and Southern Lehigh have had some pretty spirited battles over the past few seasons, but the Spartans have been ruling girls basketball in the Colonial League and they looked to flex their muscles against Northwestern in their first meeting of the season.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Southern Lehigh was able to corral the high-scoring Northwestern offense and hang the first loss of the season onto Northwestern’s record with a 45-30 win over the Tigers.
It was the wrong night for Northwestern’s hot shooting to go cold. Northwestern Lehigh didn’t have a lot of good looks thanks to the tough Southern Lehigh defense, and when the Tigers did get good looks, they couldn’t knock down the shots.
“We had trouble hitting shots right from the start,” said coach Chris Deutsch. “And you have to hand it to them, too, because they’re a really good team and they made it tough on us to get any good looks at the basket.”
Neither team could get a strong run going in the second quarter and halfway through the game, Southern Lehigh held a 22-15 advantage. Elizabeth Cassel put Southern Lehigh up 24-15 early in the third quarter, but Sydney Sevrain, who went just 2-for-8 from the floor in the first half, hit a three-pointer that seemed to jump start the Tigers.
Once again, the Lady Spartans put down the uprising.
Northwestern was down by nine as time ran down in the third quarter and Sevrain again looked to spark a Tigers run when she drained a long three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to 31-25.
As it turned out, any momentum Northwestern gained on Sevrain’s buzzer-beater ended when the Spartans went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
“I thought when Sydney hit that three, that we were down six and there was still a full quarter to go and we were in good shape,” said Deutsch. “I really thought that shot was going to be the turning point for us that we would start to get some shots to fall and make this a game.”
Northwestern was looking to snap the Spartans’ 68-game regular season winning streak against Colonial League teams.
Three nights later though, Notre Dame (Green Pond) ended the streak at 69 games with a 43-40 win over the Lady Spartans.
The Tigers didn’t let the loss hamper them as they came back the next night for a 41-30 win and then took a 56-41 win over Moravian Academy on Monday to move their record to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Colonial League play.
Sevrain has 40 points in the last three games for Northwestern and is averaging 15.5 points per game on the season.
Northwestern is home Friday night against rival Northern Lehigh in a girls/boys doubleheader between the two schools. On Saturday they’re at Pottsville before heading into Christmas break. They travel to Hamburg for a Dec. 27 nonleague matchup. Their next home game isn’t until January 4 when they host Colonial League foe Salisbury.