For the third time this season, the Northwestern girls basketball team will face its nemesis, the Southern Lehigh Spartans.
This time, the game will have even more meaning as the two teams meet in the semifinals of the Colonial League playoffs.
As the number-two seed in the tournament, the Lady Spartans (19-3) had a bye through the quarterfinals, while Northwestern downed Moravian Academy 61-29.
The semifinal, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed twice and as of Wednesday morning was slated to be played Thursday at Whitehall High School.
Just as quickly as things turned sour for the Northwestern boys basketball team, they turned right around.
The Tigers have won three of their last four games heading into their regular season finale against Pen Argyl (3-18 overall, 2-15 Colonial). In late January, the season hit a low-point with a 71-46 loss to Northern Lehigh.
For the Salisbury seniors, Saturday afternoon was the final time that they would take to their home court and the Northwestern Lady Tigers made it a forgettable experience. Northwestern ran away with a 60-18 win.
Northwestern was able to take advantage of a distinct height advantage and continued to pound the ball down low to Emily Sekerak and Sage Christopher.
The plan worked offensively as Christopher finished with a game-high 14 and Sekerak had 13 points. Most of their points came in the first half.
Northwestern coach Chris Deutsch had to make a tactical decision against Northern Lehigh on Friday night. Either let the Bulldogs’ Jada Saeger, who averages 24 points per game, just have her night and choose to shut down the rest of the Northern Lehigh roster, or find a way to stop Saeger.
He made the right choice in just doing what they could against Saeger and shutting down the rest of the offense.
With a team that didn’t lose any starters from last year, the Northwestern Tigers were picked to be one of the top teams in the Colonial League this season. Unfortunately, they’ve hit some bumps in the road that have them fighting for a spot in postseason play.
On Friday night, Northwestern traveled to Slatington to take on Northern Lehigh in a key game that carried a lot of playoff implications in both the Colonial League and District 11. Unfortunately for Northwestern, it was all Bulldogs in a 71-46 final.
Northwestern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh are two teams fighting for spots in the District 11 postseason tournament.
So when they squared off against each other Tuesday night there was a lot on the line. Unfortunately for Northwestern, the Spartans pulled off a 52-47 win over the Tigers that put Southern Lehigh (9-8 overall, 9-3 Colonial League) into districts. Northwestern (8-9, 6-6) is going to have to keep fighting if it wants to join the Spartans in the District 11 race.
With back-to-back games against two of the better Colonial League teams, Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch was hoping that his team would send a message that the Lady Tigers (14-3 overall, 9-3 Colonial League) were the team to beat. Instead, they came away with two losses. After falling to the Notre Dame Crusaders 46-29 last week, Southern Lehigh downed Northwestern Lehigh 51-34 Tuesday night.
One gets the feeling that at any time, Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team is going to start flexing its muscles and start blowing teams off the court. The up-and-down season continued with a current two-game slide against Kutztown and Palmerton, breaking up a three-game winning streak, with all three wins coming on the road against Colonial League teams. That’s just the way the season has gone, at least so far.
“We can play better,” said coach Billy Hallman. “Right now, we’re playing well, but we just can’t quite put everything together consistently.”
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.
After a tough loss to Bangor, the Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team took out some frustrations on Salisbury in a 69-50 win over the Falcons.
Devin Thomas picked up a game-high 20 points in the win over Salisbury (5-6 overall, 3-4 Colonial) that brought Northwestern back to a 5-5 overall record and a 4-3 Colonial League mark.