Northwestern isn’t the only team to find Central Catholic to be a nemesis in the district playoffs. The seven-time state champs have ended a lot of teams’ seasons over the years.
This year’s Lady Tiger basketball team didn’t want to be added to that long list.
Northwestern withstood a second-half Vikettes comeback before leaving Northern Lehigh High School with a 52-41 win Saturday in the District 11 girls Class 4A quarterfinals.
With the potential of having their high school basketball careers come to an end, the Northwestern Lehigh seniors banded together to lead their team to a 68-55 win over Tamaqua in the District 11 quarterfinals, which guaranteed the Tigers a spot in the PIAA tournament and the chance to play at least three more high school games.
Northwestern Lehigh had open looks and put up good shots early in its semifinal matchup with Allentown Central Catholic Tuesday night, but the shots just weren’t falling. That led to some frustration and before long, the Tigers were getting impatient and taking ill-advised shots. Add to that some early defensive struggles and it’s a recipe for disaster, which is exactly what happened in the 66-41 loss to the Vikings.
In just a few days we’ll be talking about who is moving on to regionals.
District champions will be crowned, and the field will be thinned as the 2018-19 high school wrestling season moves one week closer to its conclusion at the state tournament in Hershey.
The prospect of seeing his season continue beyond districts is almost all Will Dellicker can think about.
But the Northwestern senior is more excited about doing it with brothers Jake and Eli.
Things got off to a rough start for the Northwestern girls basketball team in its semifinal game against Southern Lehigh last week. Things only got worse as the game went on.
For the second game in a row, Northwestern (20-4) was in early foul trouble and turned the ball over at an unusually high rate. The result was a 55-18 loss to the Lady Spartans, who went on to play Notre Dame-Green Pond (21-2) in the Colonial League championship game.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.
Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:
Catasauqua High School
5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor
7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor
Whitehall High School
6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh
7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond
Teams that miss their league playoffs can always sit down, look back at the season and find a game or two that they let slip away. The Northwestern Tigers aren’t doing that. They are looking at the fact that they qualified for play in the District 11 playoffs and could still have a lot of basketball left to play.
Some players reach milestone scoring achievements in their careers because they always are the one putting up shots. Put up enough shots and with a good enough skill level, you’ll get to 1,000.
Others are pretty much the only offensive choice for a team and they have to shoot the ball often. Neither of those apply to Northwestern senior Sam Yadush, who recently reached the 1,000-point plateau for Northwestern Lehigh.
Yadush believes in having a supporting cast and recognizes just how important those people are in his life, both on the court and off.
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.