DISTRICT XI BASKETBALL IS UNDERWAY

February 21, 2019
By: Erica Rose
The Easton girl’s basketball team knows what it takes to win, especially in the post season.  The Red Rovers, who are now 13-10, have 35 appearances in the district’s highest class, which is more than any other school.  They continued that tradition Tuesday night.  As the #8 seed in the District XI 6A play-in round, the Rovers took care of business, over the ninth-seed Stroudsburg, never trailing in the game.  The Red Rovers would go up by as many as 20 in the 3rd quarter; in large part to a great performance from sophomore Cassidy Saylor, who would finish with 19 and Emily Violante who would finish with 15.  Trailing 39-19, the Mounties would go on a 9-0 run to close the 3rd quarter, and eventually bring it within 9 early in the 4th; but they would never get any closer.  Easton would go on to cruise 56-41. 

The win improves the Rovers to 10-3 under head coach Dave Lutz in district play and 9-1 overall in play-in games.  They also get a shot at redemption, when they meet the #1 seed in Northampton on Thursday night at Whitehall.  Tip off is slated for 7:30.  

According to Lutz, they have to play a full 4 quarters this time.  The Red Rovers held the lead in the first game at halftime, but eventually saw it slip away losing 55-41.  Northampton was effective on the offensive boards garnering numerous second chance opportunities.  Easton will have to be much better on the glass if they want any chance to win. The Red Rovers know what they must do and are excited for the opportunity, "We've really been preparing. We didn't want to get too far ahead of ourselves because we still had to beat Stroudsburg tonight. But now that we did, we're definitely ready" said, Saylor.

The K-kids certainly are not invincible, losing in the EPC championship to Bethlehem Catholic.  I also saw one of their worst performances this year when they lost to Parkland in the regular season.  So if the Red Rovers play like they did last night, they definitely have a shot.