December 13, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Bethlehem Catholic girl’s basketball team opened up their EPC season last night and they did so by making a statement. The defending league, District XI, and PIAA 4A State Champs proved that they once again would be a force to be reckoned with. Dating back to last season the victory marked the 20th straight for the Golden Hawks, as well as the 20th straight in the EPC. The Hawks have won three of the last four EPC Championships and currently sit at 72-5 in EPC regular season games over the last six years.
The teams first victim of the 2017-2018 season would be the Parkland Trojans. The Trojans however did not go down without a fight. Head Coach, Wes Spence had a great game plan for his team, which kept the girls in it for the entire first half. In fact, they only trailed 27-24 into the lockers. A slow start in the 3rd quarter however would doom them. The Trojans would go scoreless for 5:08 in the 3rd, after tying the game one-minute in. On top of that the Golden Hawks, stepped up their defense forcing six turnovers on which they capitalized. Sophomore Taliyah Medina really turned things up in the 3rd as well. The 3rd-team Class 4A All-State pick last year, scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in Beca’s 15-5 run.
Of course the team was not thrilled with their first half performance, but Medina gave all the credit to Parkland. However, second half changes and shutting down the Trojans shooters ended up being the game changer. Being on maternity leave last year, I didn’t have the opportunity to see the Golden Hawks play but watching them last night was exciting. This team has another shot to leave their mark.