Girls get to 14-1
Northwestern Lehigh had three players in double-digits in scoring and pulled away in the third quarter to take a 67-42 win over Palmerton Monday night. Sydney Sevrain led all scorers with 17 points, followed closely by Emily Sekerak’s 15 and Sage Christopher’s 13-point night.
The Lady Tigers (14-1 overall, 9-1 Colonial) got off to a quick start with a balanced scoring attack in the first quarter that saw them grab an early 18-8 lead over the Lady Bombers. Casi Papay kept Palmerton (6-9, 5-5) in the game early, scoring six first quarter points and putting up 11 in the first half. With the Bombers’ leading scorer Brianna Moore out with an injury, Northwestern was able to shutout Papay in the second half and put the game away.
The Tigers defense forced turnovers all night and dominated on the boards, with Christopher pulling down six rebounds and Alexandra Lister and Sekerak each pulling down five. In addition to the rebounds, Sekerak and Christopher each had three blocked shots.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 35-20 at the break and then outscored Palmerton 21-6 in the third quarter to put the game away. Lister drove the lane with 2:21 left in the third quarter to give Northwestern their biggest lead of the night at 55-25.
Sevrain hit three more three-pointers to give her 20 on the season. Her 2-for-2 performance from the line puts her shooting free-throws at an 85 percent clip. Even though she’s putting up big numbers, the junior shooter is happier about what her team has accomplished and what they can do down the road.
“I’m happy, but it’s about the team,”said out Sevrain. “We’re playing well and that’s the biggest thing for me. We have some good players on the team and it’s not about any one of us. We all contribute where we can and that’s been the key.”
With Papay shutdown, Reagan Nemeth, who was held scoreless through the first three quarters, got herself dialed in from beyond the arc in the final quarter, nailing three three-pointers to finish the game with nine points. Papay’s 11 points led Palmerton with Nemeth and Baylee Guedes each picking up nine.
The fourth quarter opened with Tiger head coach Chris Deutsch turning the game over to his bench. The role players were a big hit with the starters, who gave the loudest cheers of the night when their understudies picked up where the starters left off.
“This is a very close team,” said Deutsch. “They all get along well away from the court and you could see from the reaction that our younger players got that they all pull for each other.
“I’ve been happy with how our deep we can go on our bench and not see a drop off in play. We can easily go eight deep and still have enough offense and keep our defense strong. That’s important because you never know what can happen and we may need that.”
With some key games coming up, including rematches with Southern Lehigh and rival Northern Lehigh, Northwestern is taking the classic one-game-at-a-time approach and not looking past any opponent. The team is so committed to the approach that it’s a part of their warm-up attire.
“Our sleeves say ‘day by day’ and that’s how we face things,” said Sevrain with a big smile. “We had to get through tonight to make the next game as important as it is and that’s just how we think.”