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PRESS PHOTO BY RON GOWERNorthwestern’s Emily Sekerak scored 19 points in the Tigers’ win over Hamburg last week. PRESS PHOTO BY RON GOWERNorthwestern’s Emily Sekerak scored 19 points in the Tigers’ win over Hamburg last week.

Girls beat Hamburg to go 5-0 in nonleague games

Saturday, January 5, 2019 by Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

With a win over Hamburg last Thursday, the Northwestern girls basketball team completed its nonleague schedule without a blemish.

The Tigers started fast and pulled away in the second half last week in a 49-31 win on the Hawks’ home floor.

That completes a 5-0 nonleague slate and allows Northwestern (9-1 overall) to focus entirely on Colonial League games the rest of the way.

“This is our tenth game of the year already,” said Tiger head coach Chris Deutsch. “We played 10 games in December. To be 9-1 overall, we’ll take it. And we’re doing it with one returning senior that got a lot of playing time [last year]. We’re happy with where we’re at.”

Hamburg had no answer for sophomore center Emily Sekerak (19 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots) and senior forward Sage Christopher (12 points, 10 rebounds).

Sekerak scored eight points in a first quarter that saw Northwestern jump out to a 14-0 lead. The Tigers made it 16-0 on a Sydney Sevrain steal and basket with 7:25 left in the second quarter.

“It was really important for us to start off strong,’ said Christopher. “I think that’s one thing we need to work on. We need to start strong in our other games also.”

Hamburg tried to climb back in the game over the next seven minutes.

The Hawks went on a 14-6 run before halftime to cut the lead to 22-14 at intermission.

“I was a little discouraged in the second quarter,” said Deutsch. “I thought we got a little sloppy toward the end of the quarter. We challenged them at halftime to set the tone at the start of the second half. I thought we did a good job of that.”

Four different Northwestern players scored in a 9-2 run that started the third quarter and gave the Tigers a 31-16 lead. By the time the period ended the Tigers were ahead 39-21 and in control of the game.

“I think we played well,” said Sekerak. “The past couple games we’ve been starting out slow. Today we started out fast.”

The win completes a nonleague sweep that includes win over Whitehall, Emmaus, Pottsville and Lehighton. It also completes a busy December schedule that allowed a young team to gain some chemistry and get off to a fast start.

“Even though we had a lot of games in December we managed to handle it well,” said Christopher.

The Tigers are back in action Thursday when they travel to Bangor. They host Salisbury Friday.

NORTHWESTERN

Bleam 0-0-0-0, Betz 0-0-2-0, Mack 0-0-0-0, Motolese 0-0-0-0, Lister 2-0-0-4, Jones 1-1-2-4, Ledeboer 1-0-0-2, Sevrain 3-0-0-6, Hess 1-0-0-2, Sekerak 9-1-6-19, Christopher 6-0-2-12, Dorney 0-0-0-0, Giese 0-0-4-0. TOTALS: 23-2-12-49.

HAMBURG

Klahr 0-3-4-3, Adam 0-0-0-0, Bashore 3-0-0-9, Sterner 0-0-0-0, Granish 0-0-2-0, Hinkle 0-3-3-3, Gough 0-0-0-0, H. Gerner 2-0-2-4, Shiffert 1-0-0-2, Reimert 0-0-0-0, Harbonic 4-1-2-9, Gassert 0-1-2-1. TOTALS: 10-8-15-31.

N’western 14 8 17 10 - 49

Hamburg 0 14 7 10 - 31

Three-pointers: NW - Jones 1; H - Bashore 3.