Girls headed to playoffs; boys hoping for invite
Catasauqua’s girls basketball team can celebrate an invite to the league playoffs, while the boys team is awaiting a possible bid to the district’s postseason.
During this final week of the regular season, the Rough Riders girls squad ended their season with a game at Northwestern Tuesday. They began the week with an overall 14-7 record and the fourth seed in the district’s 3A bracket.
The boys began the week with an overall 8-12 record and hosted Northwestern Tuesday before they closed out the season at Moravian Academy Wednesday.
Head coach Eric Snyder stated that if his team won their final two games, they would have an overall 9-8 league record and qualify for districts.
The Roughies may also qualify if they can hold on to the eighth seed in the Class 3A bracket. Aside from the 2020-21 COVID season, in which every team qualified, the Roughies’ boys’ team last made it there in the 2017-18 season.
“It wasn’t totally clear, but I believe we can still get into districts as the eight seed,” said Snyder. “We have to take care of business and win at least one of our final two games. But we needed to win some games we should have earlier.”
Snyder pointed to a recent, 61-51 loss at Norte Dame East Stroudsburg after his club had won three straight. The Roughies shot one-for-17 from the three-point line. Frankie Pujols led the Roughies with 24 points.
“We were down, and we battled back,” said Snyder. “We played like our hair was on fire. But we couldn’t hit the shots when we needed. We had good looks on our threes.”
Snyder was confident his team could bounce back from an earlier 71-32 loss to Northwestern in a game in which Pujols and post player Matt Fotta were injured.
The kids were pretty high for it in practice,” added Snyder. “They know they can win out in this.”
On the girls’ side, the Roughies are anxious for the postseason.
“Our team has worked so hard to get to this point,” said senior Delaney Troxell. “Leagues and districts have been our goal the whole year, and now we have to continue and have to execute and keep pushing ourselves.
“Our team has a lot of resilience. After a bad game, we know we cannot dwell on the past. We have to turn the page and keep going. We know we have to come back the next game and be better than the night before, and play 110 percent for 32 minutes.”
Leading scorer, sophomore Hailey Jenkins, shared her senior teammate’s sentiments. She has realized the importance of a senior-laced squad.
“It’s just exciting to be in this position in the first place,” said Jenkins. “I think our chemistry on and off the court is unmatched. It means a lot to us as a team to not only make the league playoffs but also the district playoffs. I just hope we can play to our full potential.
“But I’ll be proud of us no matter how far we get. It’s hard to believe that next season all of my senior teammates will be gone. These girls have become my sisters over the past two years.”