Girls hoops look to keep moving forward
For the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team, it is a matter of time.
The youthful Rough Riders have watched leads and potential victories slip away in the final quarters of games due to their inexperience.
But head coach Mark Seremula has kept an ever-optimistic outlook despite the team’s 0-13 overall record heading into this week’s action.
“We will have five practices before our next game,” said Seremula, whose team will host Saucon Valley Thursday night. “That’s a plus for us.
“We lost games because we have had a lot of missed free throws and shots. We would have been further along if we had our offseason.”
Senior Lexi Rushatz recently collected her 100th career three-pointer, and she has been the team’s leading scorer. She has paired with fellow senior Emma Hawk to form an ever-improving backcourt in spite of their size.
“Lexi has been steady for us all season,” said Seremula. “Emma has really picked up her play and has helped us. They are feeding off each other.
“We are probably the only team in the area with a backcourt that is five-feet and under. But they both fight for everything they can get.”
Senior post player Olivia Emery had a recent 12-point, 10-rebound effort.
“She (Emery) easily could have had 20 points,” added Seremual. “Olvia has done a nice job for us.”
Seremula also has seen promise in freshman Delaney Troxell, who will continue to grow.
“Delaney can be a force for us,” he said. “We have moved her around, and she can do good things in the middle. She has a good court sense and makes good decisions.”
Seremula has been pleased with the contributions from sophomores Jhasmin Polanco and Bronwym Pacchioli as well as the remainder of the lower classmen.
He is confident about the team’s progress in the future, but would like to end the season on a positive note. The Roughies will travel to Whitehall Saturday and then host Pen Argyl Monday.
“Our freshmen are really improving,” he stated. “They all keep getting better, and I think we will be much improved.
“Our goal is to win two of our final three games. We believe we can be in these games and be there at the end.”