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Catty girls basketball eyeing playoff spot this season

In his first two years, Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula looked at the big picture.

Show progress the first couple of years, and everything will start to fall into place.

Now in year three, the Rough Riders are ready to take a major step.

Seremula’s club lost only two seniors from a budding club that won five games last season, and the Roughies more than doubled their two wins from the previous season.

“So far, so good,” offered Seremula about his team’s stance before things were shut down. “Everybody is healthy and we have had 22 kids at practice. They have been working very hard, and you can see the improvement.

“We have a lot of young players and we have a good foundation. They all may not be varsity ready yet, but we can see it coming.”

Senior Lexi Rushatz, who was the team’s leading scorer, will be back at point guard. Other seniors in the starting lineup with be Olivia Emery and Emma Hawk.

“All of them will have an impact,” stated Seremula about his trio. “They have been leaders and have helped set the example.”

Junior Bronwyn Pacchioli, who started as a guard last year, also brings experience. Juniors Aiden Gerhard and Jhasmin Polanco along with sophomores Cora Soltis, Brielle Carvalho, Katie Weidaw and freshman Sophia Becker have been impressive.

With a seasoned core back, Seremula has the postseason in mind.

“Our goal is to finish about .500 and make the playoffs,” he said. “we’ll have to see if we can accomplish that. I think we have a realistic chance. We have a lot of freshman who have a lot to learn, but they are picking things up quickly.”

The Colonial League voted 7-6 to push the start of the regular season back Jan. 11 from the proposed openers back in December. The Roughies were slated to open with Palmerton Dec. 15.

They also had their schedule reduced to 10 games with the league tournament beginning Feb. 13. The tournament teams will be expanded from six to eight teams based on winning percentages in the league.

“We’ll follow whatever the school and district guidelines are,” added Seremula. “The girls have been really good about everything, and wearing a mask.

“We’ll be ready and everything is going to change.”

Olivia Emery and the Catty girls basketball team get started next week and are looking to make the playoffs.