The roles were reversed last Saturday night at the Colonial League girls' basketball championship in Joseph J. McIntyre Gymnasium at Freedom High School.
Instead of No. 1 Northwestern making a late surge in the contest in an effort to win, it was No. 2 Southern Lehigh frantically playing catchup as the Lady Tigers got out to an early lead on the Lady Spartans.
After Northwestern's girls basketball team defeated Southern Lehigh for the 2013-14 Colonial League girls basketball championship, it was senior Trista Cunningham and classmates Erynn Day and Kylee Bennett that carried and presented the trophy to the rest of the Lady Tigers Saturday night at Freedom High School.
Cunningham had already done plenty of heavy lifting during the game.
The 5-foot-9 Cunningham registered 12 points, all of which came in the second half, to carry Northwestern past three-time defending champ Southern Lehigh and to its first league title since 2007.
If this winter season is any indication, Mother Nature is not a high school sports fan.
Northwestern's head wrestling coach, Jim Moll, isn't a big fan of her either.
"The weather has impacted us pretty significantly," Moll said. "We haven't had school. We can't get in to the room to workout. We lost a couple of training days there, but I'm sure it is like that everywhere else."
Bangor played three solid quarters of basketball against Northwestern Tuesday night in the Colonial League girls' basketball semifinal at Catasauqua High School.
That other quarter? Well, the Lady Slaters turned the ball over 11 times and didn't register a point.
Fourth-seeded Bangor's sluggish third quarter dug a hole it could never escape from as top-seeded Northwestern cruised to a 53-36 victory and advance to the league finals for the second straight year.
The Lady Tigers may face the Lady Slaters in the Colonial League playoffs next week.
They already beat them once, earlier this season, by only two points, at Bangor.
Tuesday night, Bangor visited New Tripoli for a potential playoff preview and the Lady Tigers came out victorious.
Northwestern (20-1 overall, 14-1 CL) defeated Bangor, 56-46, in a battle of the two top teams in the Colonial League North division on senior night at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
The boys' basketball game at Northwestern Lehigh High School last Friday night pitted two fairly similar Colonial League teams against one another.
The young and rebuilding Palmerton Blue Bombers visited the young, up and coming Tigers team on the final day of January.
Northwestern was able to come out on to for the second time this season against their North Division rival as the Tigers defeated Palmerton, 51-46.
The win for the Tigers (5-15 overall, 2-12 CL) snapped a six-game losing streak.
The storyline seems all too familiar.
The Lady Tigers fall behind and trail, sometimes by double-digits, late into the second half. Then a few plays swing the momentum and Northwestern leaves as victors.
Last Thursday night's Colonial League girls' basketball game between Northwestern (15-1 overall, 9-1 CL) and Notre Dame Green Pond (7-7, 6-4) aligned with that plot perfectly as the Lady Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat the Lady Crusaders, 44-41, in a rematch of last year's league semifinal game.
Northwestern-Northern Lehigh is arguably the biggest rivalry in the Colonial League as it spans every sport. In the first match-up of the two boys' basketball teams, the Bulldogs prevailed in New Tripoli.
Tuesday night, in Slatington, had the same result.
Northwestern (4-14 overall, 1-13 CL) hung with the Bulldogs (11-7, 8-4) early on in the contest, but the Bulldogs pulled away and took the victory 61-47.
"We missed easy layups," said head coach Dan Eddinger. "Their height was an issue, but we killed ourselves tonight by missing a lot of opportunities."
Just a few days before Monday night's home meet against Palisades, Northwestern had only six wrestlers at practice.
On Martin Luther King Day, the Tigers (1-7 CL, 4-13 overall) got as close to full strength as they have been since the calendar turned to 2014 as they only forfeited three bouts. Despite the fuller lineup, however, Northwestern succumbed to Palisades, 49-16, in Colonial League wrestling.
Winning only three games in the 2013 portion of their 2013-14 season leaves a lot of work to be done for the Northwestern boys' basketball team this new year.
The Tigers got their first win of the new year last Saturday, beating Brandywine Heights 51-48 in a nonleague game in New Tripoli.
Northwestern (1-8 in Colonial League, 4-9 overall) were behind 12-8 after the first, but continued to fight as Brandywine's lack of height (the Bullets' tallest starter measured 6-foot-1) matched-up well with the Tigers in the paint.