January 25, 2018
By: Erica Rose
We all know the saying "defense wins championships", and while we aren’t quite there yet for winter sports it does have an impact in the regular season games as well. The Bethlehem Catholic girl’s basketball team (who are ironically the defending state champions) proved that last night. The Golden Hawks went up against Freedom, a team who handed them their first loss in 707 days back on January 12. Things would be much different this time around, executing their plan to get revenge with perfection. The Golden Hawks take pride in their defense and they like to say that it fuels their offense. Well that was certainly the case last night, as the Golden Hawks went with a zone defense rather then man-to-man like the first time.
Becahi held Freedom to just 2 points in the first quarter, going on a 15-0 run after the opening bucket. Blocks, steals, and 2nd and 3rd chance opportunities were indeed the difference maker in the Golden Hawks 54-43 victory. The Patriots had just 10 points in the first half, and would trail by as many as 18 in the third. They would cut the deficit to 44-34 with 3:32 remaining in the game, but the Golden Hawks never slowed down. Capitalizing on the defensive efforts, offensively the girls cashed in on the opportunities. Taliyah Medina finished with 15 points, Hope Brown with 13, Morgan Orloski with 10, and Nataline Rhine had 8.
The win improved Beca to 14-2 overall and 9-1 in the EPC.