December 13, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Saucon Valley girl’s basketball team knows that they aren’t going to make a drastic change after a 2-20 overall, 2-15 league record from a year ago; but the team does hope to be in the middle of the pack. The squad gets back their leading scorer from a year ago in Olivia Williams. According to junior Brooke Reifenstahl the group has great chemistry with two years playing experience together. Head Coach, Jerry Calabrese says his team has been focusing on accountability to teammates in effort, execution, consistency and practice intensity. Last night however, the Panthers may have taken a step back. After winning their season opener against Liberty, the team welcomed in a very strong, and senior laden team in Lehighton. While the girls played hard, they did not match Lehighton’s energy. The first half saw the Indians hitting all of their free throws, while the Panthers struggled from the line. This put the Panthers in a 24-16 hole at the half. The start of the third quarter was not any better, as the Indians opened with a 9-0 run, which stemmed from two turnovers. The team ended up falling 56-35. After the match Calabrese said he wanted his team to watch the film with him so the girls could see how hard Lehighton played in comparison to his team. If the Panthers can start playing at that level of intensity they don’t have to be great. The team also missed several shots from close range in the third and that is one thing they have to clean up. As I mentioned, the team believes they can be in the middle of the pack in the Colonial League. However, they have to knock down open shots to make this happen.
The team will be back on the court as they open up league play against Moravian Academy and right now they have to put last night’s loss behind them and try to learn from their mistakes. The Lions will be another tough opponent, however, Calabrese is hoping home court will play to their advantage.