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Inexperienced girls team drops first two

With just two games played in the first two weeks of the season, the Salisbury girls basketball team has been unable to find any kind of rhythm.

The opener saw Salisbury (0-2 Colonial League, 0-2 overall) fall to Catasauqua 47-22 and Monday night, a trip to New Tripoli against a strong Northwestern Lehigh team turned sour early as the Tigers scored the first 16 points of the game and went on to down Salisbury 62-14.

Hannah Kamp and Tula Reihman both scored five against Catasauqua (1-2, 2-3) to lead the team and Desiree Nales scored seven against Northwestern Lehigh (2-1, 4-1) for a team high.

“We are going to get better as the season goes on,” said first-year Salisbury coach Paul Ziegenfus of his young team. “We haven’t played together very much. With some of these teams, the girls have been playing together for a long time, so they know each other a lot better. Our girls are unfamiliar with each other and a lot of them don’t play basketball year-round, so it is going to take us a little longer to get going.”

While the team lacks experience, in its two games, Ziegenfus has been happy with the effort that his players are showing.

“We definitely don’t lack energy,” he said. “These girls have worked hard in the gym and have put in the effort, we just aren’t seeing the results, but we will.”

On the heels of playing the defending league champion Lady Tigers, the schedule has Salisbury facing 3A district champion Palmerton (3-0, 4-0) next.

After that, the schedule gets a little easier with a nonconference game against Tamaqua (1-1 Schuylkill League, 1-3 overall) before playing against Colonial League foe Southern Lehigh (0-2, 0-5) before the Christmas break.

Desiree Nales scored a team-high seven points in the Falcons' recent game against Northwestern Lehigh. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK