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Girls basketball returns big numbers for next season

For the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team, making districts would have been the proverbial cherry on top.

But the Rough Riders will settle for their desserts.

They went from a winless campaign to an eight-win season over the course of a year. Catty finished with an overall 8-14 mark this past winter.

“We were there, and we had some games where we were in at the end,” said head coach Mark Seremula. “But eight wins isn’t too shabby from winning zero the year before.

“The kids worked really hard, and they are motivated for next year. We have to take the next step and beat some teams we didn’t beat in the past.”

The Roughies shook off a downward spiral in which they lost 11 of 12 games, and they rebounded to win four of their last five. They also beat Southern Lehigh in both of their meetings.

“We’re young, and we’re still growing,” said Seremula. “We knew there would be some tough times when you start four sophomores.

“But we battled out of it, and that’s a real tribute to the girls. They’re a determined bunch, and they didn’t give up. I don’t know when Catty beat Southern Lehigh twice in a season. You have to go back a while to see when it happened, or if it actually happened. That was a big highlight for us.”

“It was a good way to finish for us.”

Seremula watched his team grind through opportunities, ones that could fall in their favor in the future.

“We were winning at halftime against Wilson,” he noted. “We were beating Notre Dame at halftime, and we were down 16 (points) to Pen Argyl and came back to take the lead.

“If we would have gotten one of them, it could have changed things.”

Seremula also stated statistical evidence to support his cause.

“We gave up an average of 44 points and scored 36,” he said. “That may not look good. But we allowed 49 points a game last year, and scored only 24.

“That’s a big turnaround. We cut it by two-thirds.”

With all five starters back, the girls are anxious to make their mark on the 2022-23 season.

“We have a lot of girls playing sports in the spring,” said Seremula. “We’ll get into a few tournaments and our summer league. The girls are ready to prove what they can do next.

“We’ll see where we go.”

Kaylee Weidaw will return next year as a senior for the girls team.