Before Northwestern and Catasauqua could potentially meet in a win-and-advance match in the season finale for the final Colonial League wrestling tournament spot, the Tigers had to take care of business last week against Southern Lehigh.
The host Tigers left little doubt from the start. Except for one forfeit, Northwestern (4-3) won five of the first six bouts en route to a 43-31 win over the Spartans last Friday night.
It’s been a season of streaks for Northwestern Lehigh. After coming out of the gate with three straight losses, the Tigers won three straight and six of their next seven games.
Now though, the team has lost three of its last four after falling to Palmerton 63-51 Tuesday night at home.
Palmerton’s Kody Kratzer was the main reason for the loss as he had 14 points by halftime and then after being held scoreless in the third quarter, torched the Tigers for 13 fourth quarter points, including going seven-for-nine from the line.
The holiday break can disrupt the rhythm of even the best teams and that may have been the case for the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team, which ended an eight-game winning streak last week with a loss to Bangor, 48-44.
The Lady Tigers (9-3 overall, 6-1 Colonial) came out sluggish and uncharacteristically struggled with their ball control, giving the Slaters plenty of scoring opportunities that they used to build an 11-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers interrupted their Christmas break for a nonconference game against Hamburg Area High School and stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 59-23 win over the Hawks.
Paige Sevrain led all scorers with 17 points and led all rebounders with 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive rebounds. Senior Sydney Sevrain finished with 16 points in the game.
If you spoke to Gabby Sevrain, Sydney Sevrain and Paige Sevrain separately and ignored their physical resemblances, you might think you were talking with kids from three different families. In many ways, the three are very different, which they readily admit.
In some ways though they are very similar. All three know their way around a basketball court and all three agree on some key family questions.
Gabby Sevrain is the oldest and most outgoing of the three, a sophomore at Dickinson College where she is playing college basketball.
It has been a season of turnarounds on the basketball court at Northwestern Lehigh. The girls team has won six straight after dropping its first two and the boys team dropped its first three games, but is now on a three-game winning streak to even its overall record at 3-3 and move to 2-3 in the Colonial League on the season.
The turnaround continued this week with Northwestern’s boys team downing Moravian Academy (3-3, 2-3) on Tuesday and Northern Lehigh (0-8, 0-5) by a 47-19 score Thursday night.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team (6-2 overall, 5-0 Colonial) gave themselves an early Christmas present with a tidy six-game winning streak as they downed rival Northern Lehigh (3-3, 2-3) for their sixth straight win.
In the 55-24 win, Ali Lister finished with a game-high 18 points, while Sydney Sevrain scored 11 and Paige Sevrain hit for 10 points in the win.
Northwestern Lehigh is back on track in boys basketball.
After an 0-3 start, the Tigers have picked up wins over Brandywine Heights (6-1 overall) and Moravian Academy (3-2 overall, 2-2 Colonial League). The wins came after a near-miss against Southern Lehigh last Friday night when the Spartans came from behind to down Northwestern 62-58.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team beat Lehighton 62-33 Saturday, winning its fourth straight after dropping its first two games of the season by a total of just eight points. Since then, the Tigers’ four wins have had an average margin of victory of just under 25 points per game.
Freshman Paige Sevrain put up 23 points against the Indians, which she said was a personal high for her at any level of basketball. Sevrain has made quite a statement in her first six varsity games and in the four-game win streak she is averaging 12.5 points per game for the Lady Tigers.
The Northwestern boys basketball team had to sit idly by through the opening weekend of the high school basketball season and wait until Monday to get onto the court. Unfortunately, their debut came up short in a 45-38 loss to Saucon Valley. Much of the night was spent with Northwestern shots looking like they might fall only to take a wrong bounce and avoid going through the net.
The Panthers (1-1 overall, 1-0 Colonial) opened a 7-0 lead to start the game, with Northwestern not getting its first shot to drop until there was just 1:24 left in the first quarter.